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25 Years of Forest Dynamics

[3:57] Forests are an important part of the carbon cycle. This video shows how the Landsat satellites are used to track changes in forests.


Air Quality Campaign Webinars

This four-part Air Quality Campaign Webinar Series, “Investigating GLOBE Air Quality from the Ground, to Clouds to Satellites,” originally presented November 2020-January 2021, provides information and tools for exploring air quality. Led by the GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center, it also includes presentations by various scientists and researchers on air quality topics.

Amazon Canopy Comes to Life through Laser Data

[2:01] Flying and aircraft over the Brazilian Amazon with an instrument firing 300,000 laser pulses per second, NASA scientists have made the first 3D measurements of forest canopies in the region. With this research they hope to shed light on the effects of prolonged drought on forest ecosystems and to provide a potential preview of stresses on rainforests in a warming world.


Anatomy of a Raindrop

[2:50] Learn about the shape of a raindrop and why it is important for satellites like GPM to be able to measure the size of a raindrop.


Breaking Down the Big Questions at NASA

[5:56] This video from My NASA Data, featuring GLOBE Observer Trees lead Brian Campbell, is a resource that can be used alongside any activity that involves creating and developing questions. The video focuses on questions about trees and uses examples from the GLOBE Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, but the basic principles are necessary for asking scientific questions and can also be used in a broader context.

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Build a Dust Storm in a Tray Activity Demo

[8:03] Dust storms take place in many locations around the world and can be quite dangerous. In this video you will learn more about dust storms with atmospheric scientist Marilé Colón Robles, and you also will learn how you can safely observe them as a citizen scientist.

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Build a Mosquito Larvae Trap Activity Demo

[10:38] In this video, Dr. Rusty Low shows you how to build a do-it-yourself mosquito trap using simple materials. The trap tricks mosquitoes into laying their eggs in a container that the larvae can’t escape. You can then report the larvae using the Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool in the GLOBE Observer app. You will also see examples of traps built by students, along with an explanation of how they are using the traps in their own investigations.

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Cloud Cover Estimation Activity Demo

[7:29] Jessica Taylor of NASA Langley Research Center and her two daughters show you how to do a Cloud Cover Estimation activity using simple materials. Supplies you need are paper (white and blue), scissors, glue or tape, and a marker or pencil.

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Cloud Types Activities Demo

[6:50] Marilé Colón Robles, the project scientist for GLOBE Clouds at NASA's Langley Research Center, and her daughters demonstrate some of their favorite activities related to cloud types: the cloud dance, cloud triangle, and cloud journal.

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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], and Dr. J. Brant Dodson on "Clouds Research and Citizen Science" [7:40].

Correlation Between GLOBE Citizen Science and NASA Satellite Observations

[1:49] In this animation, data from Aqua, CALIPSO, CloudSat and GLOBE Observer are combined to show how multiple observations reveal the structure of clouds.


Fight Zika with NASA GLOBE Observer's Mosquito Habitat Mapper

[3:14] Promotional video for GLOBE Observer: Mosquito Habitat Mapper.

For Good Measure

[2:01] This video provides examples of how rain affects our lives and explains how NASA uses satellites to study precipitation.


GLOBE Observer Land Cover: Getting Started

[2:44] Learn how to take land cover observations using the GLOBE Observer app.


GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper: Getting Started (Basic)

[2:15] Learn how to make a basic mosquito habitat observation using the GLOBE Observer app.


GLOBE Clouds: Getting Started

[2:35] This short video describes how to use the GLOBE Observer app to observe clouds and includes helpful tips.


GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinars

A page with recordings of past webinars hosted by the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team on a variety of mosquito-related topics.

GLOBE Observer Cloud Science

[2:45] Atmospheric scientist, Jessica Taylor, describes how clouds affect our weather and climate and explains how your cloud observations help scientists study clouds.

GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper Intro

[2:29] GLOBE Observer's Mosquito Habitat Mapper allows you to identify and document where mosquitoes are breeding. This video gives a brief overview of how it works.

GLOBE Observer: Tree Height

[1:20] Trees are diverse and tree height can tell us a lot about Earth’s ecosystems. Satellites and ground-based measurements are used to track tree growth, monitor how well an ecosystem supports trees, and estimate how much carbon is stored by trees. GLOBE’s citizen scientist community encourages citizen scientists to use the GLOBE Observer app to take tree height measurements with their smart phones. These observations are added to a freely available, global inventory of tree height.


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Why Observe Land Cover?

This PDF describes why land cover observations matter for science and your community.