Exploring Soil Moisture Protocol Alternatives for the Classroom Setting

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Smith, Garrett
Soil Moisture; Citizen Science; NASA; SMAP; GLOBE; Chemistry; Environmental Sciences; Physics
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Climate change poses a direct threat to future water resources but current climate models suffer from uncertainties regarding the availability of regional water. SMAP or the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission seeks to make improvements to climate models by taking highly accurate, high resolution measurements of global soil moisture. To engage students around the world in a collection of meaningful data that may support the SMAP satellite mission, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program or GLOBE, has forged a partnership with NASA and JPL. GLOBE brings the power of citizen science to the SMAP mission, empowering youth around the world to participate in scientific research. To ensure global participation, this project seeks to develop a safe and economically feasible soil moisture protocol for all students, focusing on alternatives for heating soil.