GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Training

10 – 13th March 2011, Võru, Estonia

Organized by
GLOBE Estonia and Estonian Physical Society
in collaboration with US Embassy in Estonia

GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Training includes atmosphere protocols and plant phenology protocols, related learning activities, best teaching practices and the GLOBE Model for Student Scientific Research and Earth As a System concept.  Assessment is also part of the training. This training is a good preparation before the GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign in September 2011.

The training is conducted by Dr. Elena Bautista Sparrow and Ms. Martha R. Kopplin of the Seasons and Biomes Project and the Alaska GLOBE Partnership, located at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA.

Preliminary programme

DAY 1 Thursday 10th March DAY 2 Friday 11th March
11:00 Welcome Review fastwrites and homework
Intro GLOBE and Seasons and Biomes Earth System discussion
What causes the seasons? GLOBE Student Research Model: Today’s theme is asking a question
Earth System poster activity Atmosphere protocols (Clouds, Precipitation, Soil and Air Temperature)
Why do we have protocols? Cloud journal
Intro the GLOBE Student Research Model: Today’s theme is observation Cloud estimation activity (begin)
GPS Seasonal Leaf Changes Inquiry
Setting up a study site GLOBE website
Observing your study site (LC1) End of the day (fastwrite and homework)
Review resources
End of the day (fastwrite and homework)
DAY 3 Saturday 12th March DAY 4 Sunday 13th March
Review fastwrites and homework Review fastwrites and homework
Earth System discussion Earth System discussion
Finish Cloud estimation activity GLOBE Student Research Model: Today’s theme designing an investigation
GLOBE Student Research Model: Today’s theme is collecting and analyzing data Alternative assessment and implementation using Backwards Design
Phenology protocols (Budburst, Green Up, Green Down) Best Teaching Practices
Data entry Implementation planning time
How to make a climograph using local weather data End of the workshop (final assessment and graduation- certificates handed out)
End of the day (fastwrite and homework) 14:00 Departure

Participation fee
Participation in the training is free of charge. Participants have to cover their costs on transport and accommodation.
Cost for one day is 38 EUR per person for a twin or double room, 52 EUR for a single room. The price includes the following: accommodation, buffet-breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, dinner.

NB Eesti GLOBE koolide õpetajate hotelli ja toitlustamise kulud tasub GLOBE Eesti. GLOBE Eestiga liitumise kohta vt siia.

Other information
Please bring your own personal computer. If not possible let us know in advance.

Hotel Kubija (
Männiku 43a,
Võru 65603,



Ketlin Piir

Address          Tähe 4, 51010 Tartu, Estonia

Phone             +372 556 88670

Fax                 +372 738 3033

Funding Sources

EU, US Embassy in Estonia, University of Tartu

GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Earth System Science Project