A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 19 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
C-IMAGE's E-Team provided training for scientists to learn how to teach teachers about environmental monitoring of soils using GLOBE protocols. The C-IMAGE team was able to share information on how we use the GLOBE protocols to parallel the at-sea sampling conducted by C-IMAGE and the lessons learned from teachers-at-sea with our research teams. There were 12 faculty participants.
During trainings, using GLOBE environmental science protocols and data visualization, methods and parameters parallel many of the same parameters used for C-IMAGE system recovery science. for example. both C-IMAGE researchers and GLOBE citizen scientists collect and analyze atmospheric, hydrologic and sediment (or soil) conditions within their respective environments from the same locations over an extended time. In this way, participants learn that science is along-term process and takes multiple participants to establish a meaningful data set to identify trends and eventually construct models of a system.
C-IMAGE Educators hosted an advanced GLOBE Training session on soils and sediments. Twelve teachers from five school districts in Florida participated: Marion, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas and Palm Beach. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program (Gulf B-WET).
The C-IMAGE E&O Team completed a teacher professional development GLOBE training for CARTHE Friday, February 1, 2013. Twelve teachers from Miami Dade School District and the following CARTHE members participated: CARTHE scientist Art Mariano, administrator Julie Hollenbeck and outreach teacher Lisa Pitman. It was a successful day of training and learning hyrological and atmospheric environmental protocols with an outstanding group of teachers. This was our first cross training across consortia and it was a win-win for C-IMAGE and CARTHE as we were able to integrate the science each consortia is pursuing within the context of the GLOBE environmental monitoring, a rich experience that we hope to repeat in Tallahassee FSU in Spring/Fall 2013. You can visit our Flickr page to see more photos!