2012 GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign

GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign

December 1 to December 31, 2012

The GLOBE Program will host the annual surface temperature field campaign from December 1 to December 31, 2012.  This is a great opportunity to work as a community with schools around the world on a common research project.

I will be blogging during the field campaign about the weather and also the student data. You won’t want to miss it. The blog is located at: http://satellitesk12.org  There is other information about the field campaign and past ones on the blog site as well. http://satellitesk12.org/?m=201111

For resources, go to the GLOBE website.
The GLOBE teacher’s guide has the how’s and what’s about the surface temperature protocol.


and field guide


The data sheets can be found off of this page.


Some teachers find it hard to get an infrared thermometer (IRT) to do the protocol. In the past, we have used Fluke 63. We have used Fluke 561 most recently. If you can’t find one of those, you may used a lower cost instrument. When you set up your surface temperature site, please specify the type of IRT you are using. Also, you may be able to borrow one from a heating and cooling specialist or an auto mechanic. They use them for their jobs.

As many of you know, I like to see how snow on the ground affects the surface temperature. But, that is not the only reason to participate in the field campaign. The main research question that needs to be answered is “How does surface cover affect surface temperature?” Students can set up research studies at their own school such as looking at the difference between paved and unpaved areas such as a grassy area. Or, since there will be so many schools taking surface temperature observations, students can investigate how surface temperature changes between schools. They could look at elevation, latitude and longitude, urban versus rural, proximity to water, etc. There are many research questions possible with surface temperature. Students could also look at how cloud cover or humidity affect the surface temperature.

Questions? Contact Kevin Czajkowski, 419-530-4274, kevin.czajkowski@utoledo.edu