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GLOBE Observer: Clouds

Main Project Information
Presented By NASA
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.

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.
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Materials List Android app, iOS 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
Training Materials
Class Materials,,
Tags app, clouds, girl scouts, globe, nasa, nasa go
Project Updated 02/05/2019