Cloud Challenge 2022

NASA GLOBE Cloud Challenge 2022: Clouds in a Changing Climate

15 January to 15 February 2022

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Did you know that clouds can both warm and cool our planet? Keeping an eye on clouds helps NASA study our climate. We need your help capturing data about clouds where you live! The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to take part in our upcoming Cloud Challenge: “Clouds in a Changing Climate.”

Banner for the NASA GLOBE Cloud Challenge 2022: Clouds in a Changing Climate, with images of clouds and a lightning storm, dust near the group, a stylized representation of the Sun's energy hitting the surface, and a satellite surveying it all.

There are two ways to contribute to this citizen science effort: 

GLOBE Clouds Observations

(1) Submit your own cloud observations using The GLOBE Program’s GLOBE Observer app. (Remember to always be safe and follow local guidelines while observing.) If you can, try to make observations during satellite overpasses, and help us reach our goal of 20,000 satellite matches during the challenge!


(2) You can also participate from the comfort of your home through NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE new window. Using this project on the Zooniverse online platform, you can identify cloud types and other phenomena in photos taken by GLOBE participants.


Read NASA Langley Research Center's feature story about the challenge new window.

Jump to: Videos during the challenge -- Explore the latest clouds observations -- Satellite matches -- The GOES-T Satellite -- Resources for families -- Resources for educators and facilitators


The NASA GLOBE Cloud Challenge 2022 has concluded. Download a customizable certificate of participation (PDF) or digital badge (PNG) to celebrate. And we have a special satellite match certificate (PDF) if you contributed data to help us get to our satellite match goal. Print or share on social media, and thanks for joining in! 

Participation certificate for Cloud Challenge 2022 Badge for Cloud Challenge 2022 Satellite match certificate for Cloud Challenge 2022


Special videos during the challenge:

This special video from the GLOBE Student Vloggers is all about the clouds and climate in their individual areas, as well as the changes seen over time. You can see all the episodes on the GLOBE Student Vloggers YouTube playlist new window. Be sure to subscribe for notifications when the latest episode is released.


You can also watch vlogger Carlos (Bronx, New York, USA) talk about making cloud observations using the GLOBE Observer app.


Look for an Instagram Reel to be released on The GLOBE Program's Instagram channel new window every Friday:


We also have two opportunities for webinars you can attend to learn more about the challenge and citizen science related to clouds and weather more generally.

  • A kick-off webinar about the challenge hosted by the Los Angeles Public Library new window, was held on Thursday, 13 January 2022. This family-friendly webinar is suitable for ages five and up. To participate in the hands-on activity, please have the following material ready before the program begins: a piece of paper, a light source (flashlight or cell phone), a few assorted transparent, translucent, and opaque, such as glass, cellophane, tissue paper, cardboard, foil, etc.

Los Angeles Public Library Neighborhood Science - Harness the power of science for your neighborhood


  • The American Meteorological Society's Weather Band is holding their first Community and Citizen Science Symposium new window. The program on Friday, 21 January 2022 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM ET (1700 - 22:00 UTC) includes the GLOBE Program as well as other weather-related citizen science projects.

AMS Weather Band Community & Citizen Science Symposium - registration now open

We will also have two activity videos debut:

  • 02 February - A demonstration of the Sci Girls Cloud Clues activity, presented by Ms. Emily Hollyday and students from West End Secondary School
  • 09 February - A demonstration of the Earth's Energy Budget and NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE new window by Dr. Caryn Long and students from Montverde Academy.


Explore the latest clouds observations:

Open the GLOBE Visualization System in a new tab.  new window 

You can also view a dashboard  new window showing all of the clouds observations during the challenge, as well as breaking them out by those specifically showing contrails and dust.


Satellite matches:

While observations at any time can be helpful, those within fifteen minutes of a satellite overpass are especially helpful to scientists. During the month of the challenge, we are hoping to receive 20,000 observations that match to satellite data, working toward our goal of one million total matches made. You can read more about matching to satellites on our Cloud Science page, or check out the videos below.

How to Turn on Satellite Flyover Notifications

Learn how to turn on satellite flyover notifications for your current location.

Satellite Matching

Learn why satellite matches are important, and see an example of a satellite match.


The GOES-T Satellite:

A new satellite to observe clouds is launching soon! NOAA’s GOES-T new window is the third satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series, the Western Hemisphere’s most sophisticated weather-observing and environmental-monitoring system. The GOES-R Series provides advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and monitoring of space weather.



Resources For Families

Resources For Families

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NASA GLOBE Clouds Family Guide

A collection of resources to help families observe clouds together.

Clouds Resource Library

A collection of activities, videos, books and tutorials to learn more about clouds.

Resources for Educators & Facilitators

Resources For Educators and Program Facilitators

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Pacing Guide: Cloud Types Featuring NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE

A pacing guide for educators with one week's worth of content related to the question, "What are the different types of clouds in Earth’s atmosphere?" Includes relevant standards, background information, activities, and assessment options. Grade level: 3-6

Pacing Guide: Clouds and Energy Budget

A pacing guide for educators with one week's worth of content related to the question, "What is the role of clouds in Earth’s energy budget?" Includes relevant standards, background information, activities, and assessment option. Grade level: 6-12

Clouds Science Playlist

A playlist of five videos with experts explaining the science of clouds and the connections to citizen science, including Jessica Taylor, principal investigator for GLOBE Clouds, on "What is Citizen Science?" [4:08], Dr. Kristopher Bedka on "Clouds and Weather" [9:48], Dr. Patrick Taylor on "Clouds and Earth's Climate" [7:44], Dr. Kristina Pistone on "Clouds and Aerosols [5:24], Dr. J. Brant Dodson on "Clouds Research and Citizen Science" [7:40], and Dr. Bill Smith on “The Solar Terminator Problem” [8:16].

Activity Videos on GLOBE Clouds Website

A page of videos featuring activities related to the science of clouds video topics.