GLOBE Observer: Clouds
|Goal||Help scientists understand the sky from above and below|
|Task||Photograph clouds, record sky observations and share with NASA|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
Welcome to GLOBE Observer, an international citizen science initiative to understand our global environment. Your observations help scientists track changes in clouds in support of climate research. Scientists also use your data to verify NASA satellite data. And by submitting your observations, you can help students of all ages do real scientific research as part of the GLOBE Program. To participate, just download the app, go outside and follow the prompts in the app to observe your environment. Photograph clouds, record sky observations and compare them with NASA satellite images to help scientists understand the sky from above and below.
|How to Join||
Click the "Request to join" button
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New and interested users are encouraged to go to http://observer.globe.gov to learn more about GLOBE Observer and the clouds protocol. For those looking for more information, especially educators, the main GLOBE Program can be found at http://www.globe.gov.
Download the app. When you sign into the app to get started, add "SciStarter" in the referral field to earn credit for your contributions!
For iOS via the App Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/globe-observer/id1090456751?mt=8
For Android via Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa.globe.observer&hl=en
|Project Timing||Cloud observations can be made any time and can usually be matched to geosynchronous satellite data, depending on your location. The app has a feature that will tell you when certain low-Earth orbiting satellites that especially study clouds are passing over your location. Those observations are especially valuable to scientists.|
|Materials List||iOS app, Android app|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Every few days|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||While fishing, On a hike, In snow or rain, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium|
|Class Materials||https://www.globe.gov/do-globe/globe-teachers-guide/atmosphere?p_p_id=globegovteacherguideportlet_WAR_globegovcmsportlet_INSTANC, https://climate.nasa.gov/, https://www.globe.gov/web/elementary-globe/overview/clouds/story-book|
|Tags||app, clouds, girl scouts, globe, nasa, nasa go|
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These are ratings provided by K-12 teachers. This rating reflects how well the project is suited for the classroom.
Your contributions to this project will be tracked and credited in your SciStarter dashboard!
have had some problems with the app, that uninstalling/reinstalling didn't fix at the time. used it today successfully. Lots of fun!
Easy to use if you can trust your phone to your students (I do).
Catherine Hoffman 01/24/2017
Easy to use! I love observing when I'm on my walks. Sometimes the app acts up, but closing (by clicking the home button) and reopening solves the issue for me.
Darlene Cavalier 01/23/2017
Easy and fun to do. Can be done practically anywhere outside with practically any age group.
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