The GLOBE Program
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a hands-on international environmental science and education program. GLOBE links students, teachers, and the scientific research community in an effort to learn more about our environment through student data collection and observation.
The goals of GLOBE are:
- to enhance the environmental awareness of individuals throughout the world;
- to contribute to scientific understanding of the Earth; and
- to help all students reach higher levels of achievement in science and mathematics.
Students from the ages of approximately five through eighteen years in schools throughout the world conduct a continuing program of scientifically meaningful environmental measurements. GLOBE students transmit their data to a central data processing facility via the Internet, receive vivid images composed of their data and data from other GLOBE schools around the world, acquire information from a variety of sources, and collaborate with scientists and other GLOBE students and communities worldwide in using these data for education and research.
There are now more than 40,000 GLOBE-trained teachers representing over 20,000 schools around the world. GLOBE students collect data about the environment and download their data to the GLOBE Web site and use various visualization tools to interpret their data. To date, more than 19 million environmental measurements have been reported to the GLOBE database for use in scientific research by students and scientists the world over.
Live Earth is partnering with the GLOBE Program to introduce interactive educational activities for exploring the Earth’s weather and climate.
GLOBE is an interagency program funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), supported by the U.S. Department of State, and implemented through a cooperative agreement between NASA and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.