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GLOBE Clouds Match to a Million

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center receives over 200k citizen science sky observations each year. When a GLOBE cloud observation is taken within 15 minutes of a satellite observation, both points of view are coupled, creating a match. Some satellites are geostationary satellites, such as GOES, Himawari, and Meteosat. Others are polar-orbiting satellites, such as Aqua, Terra, and CALIPSO. By combining the ground-up view of GLOBE citizen scientists with the top-down view of satellites, scientists get a more complete view of the atmosphere. GLOBE satellite matching started in 2017. Since then, the project has received over one million GLOBE clouds observations, and is now approaching one million satellite matches!

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