GLOBE Connections

Atmosphere GLOBE Protocol eTraining Modules

Atmosphere GLOBE eTraining Introduction

Atmospheric conditions can have an important impact on the types of plants and animals that live in a particular area as well as soil formation. The atmospheric measurements collected by GLOBE are important to scientists studying weather, climate, land cover, phenology, ecology, biology, hydrology, and soil. Students and scientists investigate the atmosphere through the collection of data using measurement protocols and instruments that meet certain specifications in order to ensure that data are comparable.  The training slides in this section will introduce you to the measurement protocols for the various atmosphere measurements in GLOBE. 

Atmosphere Protocol eTrainings

  • Clouds - Learn how to select and define a GLOBE atmosphere Clouds protocol study site and get a step by step introduction of the protocol. After completing this module, you'll know how to explain what clouds are and how they form; explain why clouds are an important element of the Earth system; explain why cloud observations are important for understanding our changing Earth system; identify a Clouds study site and take observations of the sky; upload data to the GLOBE database; visualize data using GLOBE’s Visualization Site and have ideas for questions you can address using cloud observations. (Access pdf of Cloud Protocol)
  • Precipitation - Rain - Learn how to observe rainfall using a GLOBE approved rain gauge as part of a GLOBE Atmosphere Site. In this module, you will learn how rainfall contributes to the hydrologic cycle and impacts local and regional weather and climate. After finishing this module, you will understand how to read a rain gauge properly, when to take the observation and how to record the data on the GLOBE website. (Access pdf of Precipitation Protocol)
  • Aerosols - This module describes how to measure aerosol optical thickness (AOT) using one of two instrument options (GLOBE Sun Photometer or Calitoo) (Access pdf of Aerosols Protocol)
  • Air Temperature -Learn how to observe maximum, minimum and current air temperature as part of a GLOBE Atmosphere Site. You will learn where to place your weather shelter and when to take air temperature observations. You will also learn different ways NASA observes air temperature and how it is used to study weather and climate. (Access pdf of Air Temperature Protocol)
  • Relative Humidity -Learn how to take relative humidity observations for the GLOBE Program. You will learn how to use a digital hydrometer or a sling psychrometer properly and be able to relate relative humidity to air temperature. After finishing the module, you will know when to take relative humidity observations and why it is an important observation to take. (Access pdf of Relative Humidity Protocol)
  • Barometric Pressure - Learn how to take barometric pressure observations as part of a GLOBE Atmosphere Site. You will learn how to use an aneroid barometer and what the difference is between a barometer and an altimeter. After finishing this module, you will understand how your observations can help NASA and are used to map the weather. (Access pdf of Barometric Pressure Protocol)
  • Surface Temperature - Learn how to take surface temperature observations as part of a GLOBE Atmosphere Site. You will learn the proper technique for using an infrared thermometer and the correct location to take surface temperature observations. After finishing this module, you will understand why surface temperature observations are important to NASA. (Access pdf of Surface Temperature Protocol)