GLOBE Digital Earth System Poster (2005-2016)

This digital GLOBE Earth system poster provides animations of the Earth Systems data for years 2005-2016 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.

GLOBE 2016 Earth Systems Interactive Poster

GLOBE 2013 Earth Systems Interactive Poster

GLOBE 2007 Earth Systems Interactive Poster


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. Over Ocean, this surface skin temperature corresponds to the Reynold’s sea surface temperature.

Vegetation - Aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, MISR measures the NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) 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.


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

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Surface Temperature

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Vegetation

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2012

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Vegetation

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2011

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2010

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2009

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Total Rainfall

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2008

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2007

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Total Rainfall

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2006

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Vegetation

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2005

Solar (Shortwave) Radiation

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Surface Temperature

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Total Rainfall

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Aerosols

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Vegetation

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