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THE GLOBAL LEARNING AND OBSERVATIONS TO BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT (GLOBE) PROGRAMME

THE GLOBE PROGRAMME

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
www.globe.gov
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  • The GLOBE programme is a hands-on science and education programme that unites students, teachers, and scientists from around the world in study and research about the dynamics of the Earth's environment. Hundreds of thousands of GLOBE students in over 8500 schools in more than 85 countries are taking important environmental measurements and reporting their data for use by scientists.
  • The goals of the GLOBE programme are:
    • To enhance the environmental awareness of individuals worldwide,
    • To increase scientific understanding of the Earth, and
    • To improve student achievement in science and mathematics.
  • The GLOBE programme is implemented through a worldwide network of primary and secondary schools. GLOBE students:
    • Take environmental measurements at or near their schools,
    • Report their data through the internet to the GLOBE data archive,
    • Create maps and graphs to analyse GLOBE data sets, and
    • Collaborate with scientists and GLOBE globe students around the world.
  • GLOBE students have reported data from over 5 million science measurements in the areas of atmosphere/climate, hydrology, soils and land cover/biology. These global data sets are made freely available via the Internet to the world science community and to the students themselves for scientific research, student-scientist partnerships, and worldwide school-to-school collaborations.
  • Age-appropriate environmental science educational materials have been developed by scientists and educators as a resource for GLOBE teachers. Professional development workshops enable the more than 13,000 GLOBE teachers to guide their students in taking measurements according to scientific protocols, in using the Internet to report and analyse scientific data, and in creating partnerships among students at GLOBE schools around the world.
  • GLOBE is an inter-agency programme of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Departments of Education and State. Implementation in the United States depends upon the efforts of more than 100 state and local partner organizations.
  • Broad international participation is integral to the design of the GLOBE programme. Bilateral agreements establish partnerships between the United States and its international partners, which are then responsible for designing programme implementation in their own countries.

GLOBE students actually participate in the process of science, develop their own conclusions, and learn to work with others. They not only learn the scientific method, they live it.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme