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Congratulations to all GLOBE Mission Earth-West schools who participated in the 2019 data challenge. A total of nine schools entered over 900 GLOBE measurements!

A special congratulations to Met Sacramento’s teacher, Jon Thackery, who’s class entered 518 data measurements with the GLOBE Observer App. 

Close runner-up's include:

•Skyridge Elementary: Juliet Hamilton’s & April Johnstone’s classes for entering 219 data measurements.

•ASCEND Charter: Jessica Kunz’s classes for...

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Jessica Taylor, NASA scientist for Langley Research Center, visited grade 4 students in Ms. Lisa Smith at Hannah Crawford School, Crestline, OH via zoom conferencing. These grade 4 students collect data on clouds and surface temperature and submit that data to the GLOBE Program. The students composed a song about NASA and sang it to Ms. Taylor. Ms. Smith is part of the GLOBE Mission EARTH program at the University of Toledo.

Quote from Lisa Smith’s Facebook Page stating the impact the...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC): The use of LiDAR to derive tree heights and other structural vegetation characteristics: Applications for mapping habitats in a post-fire environment. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is an optical remote sensing technology that is helpful to measure forest biophysical and structural characteristics. Quantifying the vertical distribution of vegetation using LiDAR has many potential applications in forest management and biodiversity...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 3:00pm EST (8:00pm UTC): Trees Around Greenbelt, Maryland: Exploring Past and Present Imagery, From a Scientist's Perspective. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientist, Dr. Christopher Shuman will be will highlighting historical imagery from aerial photographs, as well as more recent satellite imagery and ICESat-2 data from the Greenbelt, Maryland area. There will be some discussion of benefits and limitations...

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Let’s see what is making your neighborhood so HOT.

Visualizing the GLOBE UHIE-Surface Temperature data you collected.

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

This is the THIRD webinar in the series supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and...

Elizabeth Joyner of My NASA Data joined the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University to offer a 60-minute national webinar to over 70 registrants. 

More about My NASA Data (MND):

MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story maps) in support of NGSS Earth System phenomena. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA...

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the GLOBE Program, GLOBE Observer is hosting a month-long citizen science challenge in April 2020. Volunteers are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools, and registered teams that measure the most trees will be recognized as top observers. Find more details on the challenge website, https://

Summary of GLOBE and GLOBE Observer citizen science efforts at Camp Discovery (Blythewood, SC) as a result of the GLOBE Camp Pilot 2019. 

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Exploring Earth System Phenomena With ‘My NASA Data’ Resources

Audience: Educators of Grades K-12

Contact: Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA strives to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. That vision begins by observing our own planet, tracking changes over time and determining how we can respond to those changes effectively. In...

FYI - Please share this announcement with anyone that might be interested in this opportunity from The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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Dear Friends,

I am delighted to announce an exciting new initiative - the inaugural Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis. The goal of the project is to bring new, diverse voices into the national climate conversation via training in op-ed writing and thought leadership. Please consider...

Join Dr. Becky Boger as she shares a tutorial on using map tools and data portals to create a context for the data you collect. 

Register at - http://bit.ly/MosquitoData

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This virtual training will teach research scientists about GLOBE data and how to access it. The Global Learning & Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international, NASA-sponsored program with more than 150 million Earth observations contributed by 35,000 schools and 150,000 citizen scientists in 120 countries. The virtual training includes demonstrations of GLOBE’s free online data access and visualization tools. Training is 60 minutes. No prior knowledge or...

How Much Water Do Trees Use and Need? NASA's New ECOSTRESS Mission on the International Space Station. Come hear Dr. Joshua Fisher, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, talk about how the new NASA ECOSTRESS Mission monitors trees. NASA launched the ECOSTRESS mission to the International Space Station in 2018. ECOSTRESS measures the temperature of plants, and uses that temperature to determine how much water they are using--and losing through evapotranspiration--as...

Welcome to the second webinar supporting BWET / GME’s Water Quality Training being led by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo.

-Dr. C will kick off the webinar looking at GLOBE hydrology data.

-Sara Guiher from TMACOG (Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments) will give an overview of the Student Watershed Watch program and the results of student sampling and presentations from 2019.

-Laura Kubiak and Rob Smith, high school teachers for Toledo Public School's,...

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During the fall semester of 2019, GLOBE Mission EARTH University Professors Drs. Kevin Czajkowski and Mark Templin from the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio and Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University (TSU) engaged their Undergraduate, Pre-Service Education Students in educating K-12 students about GLOBE and conducting research. The K-12 students observed clouds and the heights of trees on their school grounds. They also collected surface temperature data and learned about urban...

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In collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Earth to Sky held a two-day pre-conference workshop as a component of the annual conference of the National Association for Interpretation, November 11-12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

 

Eighteen informal educators from around the country who work for federal, state and local agencies, universities, and NGOs attended the workshop, which featured NASA and NCAR science and resources and...

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The Earth to Sky Partnership (ETS) team coordinated a NASA booth at the National Association for Interpretation's annual conference in Denver Colorado, Nov 13-16, 2019. ETS staff joined with colleagues from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Earth, Heliophysics, Astrophysics and Planetary sciences outreach staff to engage with hundreds of enthusiastic informal educators at the conference. Many positive contacts were made, and eyes were opened to the broad scientific, visual and educational...

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In spring of 2019, Earth to Sky's co-lead Anita Davis received an inquiry from Glacier Bay National Park (GLBA) rangers for new information about the changing glaciers in the park. Anita contacted Dr. Christopher Shuman (UMBC JCET), a scientist working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric Sciences Lab for any updates that might be provided. In turn, Dr Shuman undertook development of a 1972-2018 Landsat imagery time series depicting changes to glaciers in the park.

His...

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My NASA Data team members, Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson, presented "NASA Resources Support Instruction of NGSS Earth System Phenomena" in the national webinar series hosted by The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).

MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story...

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On October 20th, 2019, members of the GPM Science team and several other Earth Science outreach professionals were on hand to share the excitement of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission with over 100 children and families who braved the poruing rain to attend the Sunday Experiment at GSFC's Visitor Center. 

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Open Forum: Bringing Together GLOBE Students to Informally Chat About Trees Campaign Student Research Projects. 

During these webinars, we want to invite GLOBE teachers around the world to tune in with their students during classroom time. We are holding 2 separate webinars to accommodate all the Trees Campaign participant time zones. Please attend one or both webinars. Our goal is to have students chat informally and comfortably about research local, GLOBE SRS and GLOBE IVSS projects...

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Open Forum: Bringing Together GLOBE Students to Informally Chat About Trees Campaign Student Research Projects. 

During these webinars, we want to invite GLOBE teachers around the world to tune in with their students during classroom time. We are holding 2 separate webinars to accommodate all the Trees Campaign participant time zones. Please attend one or both webinars. Our goal is to have students chat informally and comfortably about research local, GLOBE SRS and GLOBE IVSS projects...

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What data did you collect in your neighborhood? What does it mean?

Looking at the GLOBE UHIE-Surface Temperature data from October

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

This is the SECOND webinar in the series supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time...

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SEES Interns highlight their research from the summer intern program at the Texas GIS Forum.

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WestED and UC Berkeley (part of GLOBE Mission Earth) hosted the 2019 Fall NARM (North American Regional Meeting) for GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California on October 16 & 17, 2019. Drs. Allison Leidner (NASA) and Tony Murphy (GLOBE) welcomed the group. STEM Equity and serving underrepresented urban youth in STEM learning and careers was the underlying theme throughout the PD and NARM. Lunch speaker...

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