Additional Information about the Protocols

Review the protocol informational slides
These slides supply lots of supporting information.  Download them and use them as needed for additional training.  (Optional – As much time as needed.)

Precipitation Protocol
In this protocol, participants will learn the procedures for measuring daily rain and/or snowfall totals. Briefly, participants will build a simple rain gauge, place it in an ideal location in your study site, and record both.  These precipitation/rain protocol slides provide additional information beyond the tutorial videos.

Surface Temperature Protocol
This protocol describes the steps for accurately recording the temperature of the surface of the ground in the study site using an infrared (IR) thermometer.  These surface-temperature protocol slides provide additional information beyond the tutorial videos.

SMAP protocol
In this protocol, participants learn the steps for measuring soil moisture content and sharing this information with NASA. Scientists working with the SMAP mission will compare this information with soil moisture information collected by the SMAP satellite to verify the accuary of the instruments on board the satellite. The protocol shows the steps for recording moisture content both by weight and by volume. Briefly, participants will scoop a trowel full of soil, record its weight, dry it either in an oven or under a heat lamp, then weigh it again.   SMAP protocol slides provide additional information beyond the tutorial videos.

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