85th AMS Annual Meeting

Thursday, 13 January 2005
GLOBE student observations in support of SMEX04
Martha P. L. Whitaker, University of Arizona; and B. Nijssen, J. C. Washburne, and T. P. A. Ferré
Two networks of schools in southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico provided auxiliary baseline and regional control data to scientists studying linkages between soil moisture and the atmospheric system in what is called the Soil Moisture Experiment 2004 (SMEX04). An associated group of scientists are seeking to improve their understanding of the North American Monsoon (NAME). The schools are part of a worldwide network of students participating in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. GLOBE classrooms make regular measurements of the atmosphere, soils, water quality and land cover and relate them to ongoing or local research efforts. Intensive Field Campaigns (IFC's) like SMEX04 are excellent opportunities for students and scientists to work together, even if their measurements are not exactly coincident in time or space. These GLOBE schools and teachers have gone to great lengths to conduct a series of special soil moisture campaigns in support of this IFC during their summer (August 2004) recess. Several innovative solutions were found to facilitate student data collection. This presentation focuses on network design, training, field logistics, preliminary data analysis and the ways GLOBE data can supplement scientific data sets.

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