Mastering GLOBE Hydrosphere Protocols

Skyline High interns, who are working this year on quantifying effects of urban activities on water quality, spent their Wednesday afternoon mastering GLOBE hydrosphere protocols and collecting sample water quality data.


GLOBE is an international data sharing platform that allows students and other citizen scientists to collect data and share it with others across the world.

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995.

Vision: A worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional, and global scales.

Mission: To promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery.

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While several interns have been introduced to these protocols through Green Energy Academy classes, Earth Team student leaders will go a step further to master them in order to collect robust data from various sites.  This data will be submitted on GLOBE’s website, and students will then analyze and draw conclusions from their data.

Last year, the team collected data using GLOBE hydrosphere protocols and presented their conclusions at the GLOBE Pacific Student Research Symposium at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, where they were recognized with an Outstanding Research award.  This coming year, students hope to expand upon last year’s project and present their data once again.

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