GLOBE Connections

Observing Plant Growth Patterns: GLOBE Overview

GLOBE

The Biosphere is divided into natural and developed areas. Developed areas include urban and commercial areas, agricultural areas and transportation. Natural areas include many different natural habitats: deserts, forests, water bodies and the like. All living things––including humans––depend on their habitat or land cover­­ for survival. Land cover provides shelter, food, and protection. Land cover also has a direct effect on the kinds of animals that will likely inhabit an area.

Student Doing Globe

  1. What other animals (butterflies, waterfowl, songbirds) migrate after plants green-down? When? Why?
  2. Is there a relationship between air temperature and budburst dates reported for the GLOBE schools in your region?

  3. How does plant green-up affect soil water?

  4. What other animals (butterflies, waterfowl, songbirds) arrive after plants green-up, when and why?

  5. Does the timing of green-down occur earlier or later at higher elevations in your region? Why? Green-up?

  6. Does the timing of green-down occur earlier or later inland or near the coast in your region? Why? Green-up?