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GLOBE: El Nino

Main Project Information
Presented By NASA and GLOBE
Goal Help NASA study the effects of El Nino on your local climate
Task Collect/share soil, cloud, rain data
Where Global, anywhere on the planet United States of America
Description

Join professional and community scientists in collecting and sharing important data and learn more about your local environment in the process. There are two ways to participate: 1) sign up and contribute as an individual; 2) join as a host-site ambassador to facilitate participation through your community-based organization.

Four Protocols to Collect Data for the El Nino campaign.

To support GLOBE in this long-term campaign, we are recruiting, training, and equipping participants for four separate but related protocols representing a range of commitments from a light touch to an in-depth experience ,based on the needs and interests of you and your community.

The four protocols range from atmosphere to pedosphere observations; from very simple to more complex:

The cloud protocol: a quick assessment of the type and density of cloud cover as viewed from the collection site.
The surface temperature protocol: uses a simple tool to capture 9 measurements that are averaged to submit a reading to GLOBE.
The precipitation protocol: documents rainfall from day to day or more frequently on a rainy day to provide data about rainfall volumes and rates
The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) protocol: provides data about soil moisture temperature that can be used to ground truth a NASA satellite that is in orbit.
All of these protocols help us to understand how climate change affects the global water cycle. Changes in the water cycle, such as increased periods of drought and increases in rain or snowfall, significantly impact people’s lives, biodiversity, food production and more. Some regions will see the impact of climate change long before others, but all of us will be affected by changing water patterns in our lifetime. The more granular data we have from citizen scientists, the more we can understand the changes and how to mitigate them.

How to Join
Project Timing Several times a week
Website https://scistarter.wordpress.com/
Expenses $129
Materials List Infrared Thermometer, Digital scale, Heat Lamp, Rain Gauge
Required Gear

-Heat Lamps
-Balance
-500 mL graduated cylinder
-Meter stick
-Ruler marked in millimeters
-Trowel
Infrared thermometer
Rain Gauge

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At home, In snow or rain, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Training Materials https://scistarter.wordpress.com/step2/
Class Materials https://www.globe.gov/web/smap/overview/how-to-participate
Tags clouds, el nino, globe, precipitation, smap, soil moisture
Project Updated 02/28/2017