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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.

GLOBE Webinar

The next GLOBE webinar - 20 April 2021.
In this webinar we will look at some of the GLOBE activities teachers might use with their students to mark International Mother Earth Day and celebrate our planet and the environment.

Register for the GLOBE webinar

Trees Around the GLOBE Campaign

With participants from over fifty countries, and running until August 2021, you can start collecting data and contributing to this campaign today. Along with tree height measurements, the campaign will focus on using multiple data collection protocols to complement the tree height measurements. This allows for a more complete insight into why trees play such an important role in our ecosystem.

Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign

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.

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 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.

GLOBE participation

  • 124 countries
  • 37,595 schools
  • 40,999 teachers
  • 199,209 observers
  • 197,956,314 measurements
  • 1,128,270 GLOBE measurements (March 2021)

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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