GLOBE Connections

Changes in Snow and Ice Extent: GLOBE Learning Activities

Snow Covered River

In the GLOBE Learning Activity, An Alaskan Spring Mystery: A GLOBE Data Exploration, students analyze data about the timing of budburst for a tree species over three years in the same location. They investigate two different hypotheses for why timing differs by analyzing weather data from the same time period. An Alaskan Spring Mystery


Student Outcomes:
• Analyze different types of data (phenology, temperature, rainfall)
• Form hypotheses based on their analysis of a dataset
• Test hypotheses with environmental data
• Come to a conclusion about the impacts of environmental factors on budburst and explain their reasoning

NGSS Science Practices:

  • Asking questions
  • Analyzing and interpreting data 
  • Using mathematical and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information


Students doing GLOBES