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NASA GLOBE Observer’s Weekly Roundup: 16-22 Dec. 2018


Snowy landscape.

Winter begins (and the holidays are just around the corner.) This and more in this week's edition of the roundup.

1. AGU:  The AGU Fall Meeting may have concluded, but the science is still being written about and released. Keep checking your news outlets and NASA.gov for the latest about Earth science.

Did you catch the ICESat-2 news conference?  If not, I have linked it below.  

4. CRYOSPHERE: As I mentioned in my last post, NASA Earth Science has been releasing videos all about the icy parts of our Earth. Glaciers, permafrost, you name it.  And this week they released their video all about the ICESat-2 launch.  Learn all about the launch, the mission and the first results by watching the video linked to in the first link below.

2. WINTER: Speaking of ice, winter begins this coming Friday.  What changes are you seeing in your landscape and sky? Document and share with us your data by using the GLOBE Observer Land Cover and Clouds tools within the app.  

Your change over time data is very important.  It helps scientists monitor what is happening seasonally on Earth and also helps them to determine risks such as landslides and wildfires.  

3. INDOORS: During these colder times, we get stuck indoors.  People in the Southeast of the United States experienced sudden snow and power outages the other week when a wintry storm hit. You can check out some space imagery of the snow and clouds in the first link below.

And if you should get stuck indoors during the coming weeks, why not take some time to classify what you are seeing.  You can use the tutorial section of the Land Cover tool to learn more about Land Cover types and maybe even quiz your friends and family -- make a game of it.  

5. WEEKLY VIDEO: And last but not least check out our favorite cloud images from all around the world. 

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Did you Know?

Cirrus over Cumulus

This is a great, and fairly typical shot of high thin cirrus over low cumulus clouds in the Tropics.

Photo taken by Doug Stoddard in Puerto Rico.