GLOBE engages students in hands-on learning of Earth system science and is an innovative way for teachers to get students of all ages excited about scientific discovery locally and globally. To date, more than 100 million measurements have been contributed to the GLOBE database, creating meaningful, standardized, global research quality data sets that can be used in support of student and professional scientific research.
GLOBE protocols have been developed for the following Earth system science study areas: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, Soil/Pedoshpere, and Earth as a System. Measurements include weather, climate, air quality, water quality, soils, vegetation and timing of plant and animal responses to seasonal environmental changes. GLOBE has created over 100 protocols and learning activities relating to these five GLOBE Investigation areas.
GLOBE students engage in Measurement Campaigns, worldwide or regional projects that provide student research experiences to explore and learn about Earth through a network of students, teachers and scientists. GLOBE field campaigns are grounded in real science embedded in an inquiry-based, collaborative approach to learning.
GLOBE students also engage in NASA Earth-observing satellite missions:
CloudSat, CALIPSO, Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) and Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP). To find out more about GLOBE campaigns related to NASA satellite missions, see the Satellite Partnerships page.
GLOBE Learning Expeditions (GLEs) are organized every few years in order to provide students from around the world the opportunity to present their research projects to their peers, to GLOBE scientists, and the greater GLOBE community. These conferences also provide students with the opportunity to establish friendships and to develop collaborative partnerships that will enhance their future GLOBE experiences.