Research Investigations

Schools are encouraged to develop and participate in their own climate research investigation by exploring the following question:

"What is my climate and how has it changed over time?"


Students are also encouraged to: 


  • develop collaborations with local scientists to investigate a climate issue of local relevance and to identify any local, regional or national climate datasets
  • connect with other GLOBE schools to work together on a research investigation, and
  • share results with students from all parts of the world.

Listen to what Dr. Charles Ichoku - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Research Physical Scientist - has to say about climate research and the campaign:



How to get started

  1. Follow the steps in the scientific research process, which begins by observing nature and posing your research questions.

Examples of questions to be researched could include:

  • What is the climate of our community?
  • How has our climate varied over time?
  • How does our climate differ from climates in other areas?
  • How is our climate influenced by climate patterns elsewhere?
  • How does local land cover affect climate?
  • Are there any impacts of climate on health issues?
The GLOBE Program encourages teachers and students to develop your own questions - ideally by collaborating with other GLOBE schools in different parts of the world and with local scientists.
  1. Consider collaborating with other GLOBE schools around the world – what joint projects could you consider to collaborate on? Are there local scientists who could help you?

To make a connection, reach out to others using the GLOBE website.

  1. Carry out your research project, remembering to enter any data you collect to the GLOBE Database. Also send your research projects to us at SCRC Research.

  2. Present the results of your research projects in the GLOBE Student Virtual Conference.

Additional Resources

Long-term air temperature and precipitation data is available for research investigations for the SCRC as a Google Earth KML file that displays reporting stations of long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).  Refer to the Google Earth Instruction Guide for more detailed instructions on using Google Earth and the Viewing Long-term Air Temperature and Precipitation Data Guide for more information about the data format. 


Have you participated in the SCRC via a Research Investigation? Please tell us about it through the following form: