Identify whether you will pursue this initiative by yourself or who will be a part of your GLOBE team.
You or your team will execute research protocols and, if you would like, show other participants in your community how to get involved, either at your site or at a site of their own. Once you have decided:
Learn more about why this research is important and how it benefits the public and the scientific community. (Approximately 10 minutes.)
The data you and your visitors collect will contribute to a better understanding of global water patterns and will also provide a valuable point of comparison for multiple NASA satellites.
One satellite was recently launched, the SMAP satellite (Soil Moisture Active Passive) and is being “ground-truthed” by the data collected in this campaign. The data collected by the satellite is being compared (ground-truthed) to the data being collected by citizen scientists participating in this program. This satellite circles the globe collecting information about Earth’s moisture content — where water is, where it goes, and its availability around the world.
The information your group will collect affects us in countless ways. We need water to drink, to irrigate crops, and bathe. The level of moisture in the air and in the soil affects weather patterns around the world. Water availability also affects the populations of insects such as mosquitoes, which can transmit serious diseases like dengue fever or zika.
The scientific data about water availability collected through these four protocols can affect policy decisions, it can help us better understand and predict climate and weather patterns, and can help us mitigate the potential negative effects of climate change.
Watch NASA’s “SMAP Mission Video”, which provides a short introduction to the satellite, the information it collects, and how scientists, policy makers, and others use this information.
For more information about SMAP research, check out NASA’s “Why it Matters” video.
Work with your GLOBE team to develop an implementation plan that involves visitors to your venue, teammates, friends or guests. (Approximately 90 minutes.)
Implement your plan and start collecting data!