The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is a NASA sponsored international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.

The GLOBE program provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about four of the Earth's spheres, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers.  GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and to put this in a global perspective.

GLOBE is sponsored by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and is delivered in Australia through a partnership between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Space Agency.

Canberra-based forest industry researchers Dr Harry Wu and Dr Colin Matheson measure the girth of a Radiata Pine as part of the Swifter Pines project.

Besides rapid growth, dramatic improvements in the wood quality of this species are expected in the next generation of trees. Recent work also includes the development of trees adapted to low rainfall (400-600mm p.a.) regions.

CSIRO's Radiata Pine breeding program is estimated to have already returned to Australia financial benefits 16 times greater that the cost of the program.

Measuring the girth of a Radiata Pine  ©North Sullivan Photography

GLOBE Participation:

  • 122 Countries
  • 36,863 Schools
  • 39,023 Teachers
  • 168,104 GLOBE Observers
  • 177,448,642 Measurements
  • 1,211,890 Measurements this month (January 2020)

Each Earth sphere has an online introductory module and a short multiple-choice assessment. Completion of the introductory module and one or more of your chosen training protocols qualifies you as a trained GLOBE teacher. Your students can then collect and upload their data to the international GLOBE database.

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