GLOBE Conference Held at UCAR
July 19, 2004
BOULDER — The GLOBE Program, a worldwide science and education effort based at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), will hold its eighth annual conference in Boulder on July 25-30. Roughly 130 participants from 25 countries will gather for workshops, field trips, and briefings by scientists. They will celebrate the program's tenth anniversary and chart its future direction.
UCAR and Colorado State University manage GLOBE under a cooperative agreement with NASA, with support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. Internationally, GLOBE is a partnership between the United States and more than 100 countries.
A hands-on, school-based program for science education, GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) involves more than a million primary and secondary students around the world in partnership with scientists to collect important data for research about Earth's environment. More than 24,000 teachers in 14,000 schools and over 100 countries have received GLOBE training.
The conference, "GLOBE: The Next Ten Years," brings together teachers, scientists, program coordinators, and representatives of government ministries and nongovernmental organizations.
"The international collaboration that comes out of this meeting strengthens the program," says Paula Robinson, workshop organizer. "The meeting is a great opportunity to get input on future directions from the folks who are out there using GLOBE in their schools and their research, as well as to get ideas for new projects."
Sessions at the conference range from practical to philosophical. Hands-on workshops will send teachers into the field to test hydrological probes in Boulder Creek, observe ruby-throated hummingbirds, and more. Briefings will fill them in on developments in satellite observations, how scientists use GLOBE measurements in weather and climate studies, and other topics. Participants will also focus on priorities for the future of the program, with an emphasis on building regional collaborations. For the first time, vendors will be on hand to display equipment that can be purchased for use in participating schools.
Through GLOBE, primary and secondary school students in countries as far flung as Thailand and Argentina gather data, conduct experiments, and collaborate with scientists and other students. They measure and report on physical, chemical, and biological properties of the atmosphere, climate, water cycle, soils, land cover, and living organisms. Their teachers receive training, guidance, and access to an international network of expertise. The resulting global datasets are made freely available to the worldwide education and science community and other users via the Internet.
Each GLOBE measurement is part of an ongoing scientific investigation selected through a peer review process. Scientists develop measurement protocols and instrument specifications to ensure that data collected by students are accurate and consistent. They also continually review data reports in the GLOBE archive for quality control purposes.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of 68 universities offering Ph.D.s in the atmospheric and related sciences.
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Reporters may attend the conference, which is being held at Millennium Harvest House Hotel at 1345 28th Street in Boulder. For directions, call 303-443-3850.
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