Earth System Poster Activities

GLOBE Earth System Activities

This digital GLOBE Earth system poster provides animations of the Earth Systems data for years 2005-2017 to find patterns among different environmental data, understand the relationship among different environmental parameters, and explore how the data changes seasonally and over longer timescales. 

The GLOBE website has individual images, activities, and the original Earth System posters that were developed for teachers to help students explore the concepts of Earth as a System, find patterns and connections between and among maps containing different environmental data, and to understand the relationship between time and space in regard to global environmental data. Check out the Earth System Poster Card Learning Activity Guide for use in your classroom.

Using the GLOBE Digital Earth System Posters in the Classroom

Do you need ideas for how to use these resources in your classroom and connect them with the Next Generation Science Standards?  See the links below:



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    Description of Earth System Datasets Available in the GLOBE Digital Posters:

    • Solar (Shortwave) Radiation - Is the amount of incoming energy from the Sun in the form of visible light (i.e., shortwave radiation) reaching the Earth’s surface. This energy reaching the surface is also known as Solar (Shortwave) Radiation. These images are derived from measurements collected by the CERES instrument aboard, NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites.
    • Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) - Is measured by MISR aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. AOT is a non-dimensional measure of the amount of particulate matter suspended in the atmosphere.
    • Cloud fraction - Is measured using MODIS aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. Cloud fraction is the fraction of Earth’s surface covered by cloud.
    • Surface Temperature - Is the surface skin temperature derived from CERES measurements. The surface skin temperature is the radiating temperature of the surface and has also been defined as the temperature 2 cm into the surface. This surface skin temperature corresponds to the Reynold’s sea (ocean's) surface temperature.
    • Vegetation - Aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, MISR measures the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) using a comparison of visible and infrared wavelength emission.
    • Total Rainfall - is derived from the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP), which measures radar and microwave data that measure the vertical distribution of precipitation over the tropics in a latitude band between 35 degrees north and south.

    2017 

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

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    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

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    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

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    2016 

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

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    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

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    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

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    2013

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

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    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

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    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

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    2012

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

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    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

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    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

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    2011

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

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    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

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    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

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    2010

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

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    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

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    2009

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

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    2008

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

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    Total Rainfall

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    Aerosols

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    Vegetation

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data 


    2007

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Surface Temperature

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    Cloud Fraction

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Total Rainfall

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Aerosols

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data 

    Vegetation

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data 


    2006

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Surface Temperature

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Cloud Fraction

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Total Rainfall

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Aerosols

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data 

    Vegetation

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data 


    2005

    Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Surface Temperature

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Cloud Fraction

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Total Rainfall

     Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data

    Aerosols

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data 

    Vegetation

    Earth System Data Explorer | Get Data