Why Does The GLOBE Program Observe Clouds?
Clouds are a major component of the Earth’s system that reflect, absorb, and scatter sunlight and infrared emissions from Earth. This affects how energy passes through the atmosphere. Different types of clouds have different effects, and the amount of cloud cover is also important. Clouds can change rapidly, so frequent observations are useful to track these changes.
And while NASA has numerous satellites orbiting Earth, their GLOBE Observer program needs your help (as Citizen Scientists) to make their data more complete. This is where NASA’s GLOBE Observer App comes in – allowing you and your patrons to photograph clouds and record sky observations and compare them with NASA satellite images.