GLOBE Surface Temperature

Naperville Community Unit School District 203

December 1, 2007

We started taking Surface Temperatures with our new Infrared Thermometer at the Morton Arboretum. We had one volunteer student brave the cold weather on the first day of December.  On December 6, we went to Steeple Run School in Naperville Illinois and added them to the growing list of schools in the Surface Temperature Field Campaign led by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, Associate Professor at The University of Toledo. Click here to read his Blog: http://www.globe.gov/fsl/scientistsblog/?page_id=58

On the Week of December 17 Ms. Kouri's 4th and 5th grade students from Highlands School joined the campaign. Click here for pictures.

 

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Student takes a surface temperature near our soil temperature sensor.  It was 6 degrees warmer 10 cm underground.

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This is our Morton Arboretum GLOBE Weather Station.  See the green arrow on the map below to see our location.

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We thought we were in the North Pole when Mr. And Mrs. Santa stopped by.

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We were surprised to see that Lake Marmo, had ice from shore to shore.  This view is looking southwest. See Red Arrow on Map.

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Looking South at Lake Marmo.  GPS Reading: 216 Meters above Sea level.  41.81649 Degrees North and 88.02234 Degrees West

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Looking South East, we observed one wet spot (Black circle just above the date stamp.) See Red Arrow on Map.

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Last week, there was only a thin sheet of ice near this shore.  This view is looking North from a bridge at the West end of Lake Marmo.  See Yellow Arrow on Map.

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This is the same North view as we observed only a week later.  The bridge is where the lake drains over a water fall into a stream that leads to Sterling Pond.  See Yellow Arrow on Map.

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This view is looking Northeast from the bridge.  GPS Reading: 216 Meters above Sea level.  41.81533 Degrees North and 88.0879 Degrees West.  See Yellow Arrow on Map.

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This is the same Northeast view one week later.

See Yellow Arrow on Map.

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This is the view when looking East Northeast from the Bridge.     See Yellow Arrow on Map.

This is the same East Northeast view from the Bridge on 12/01/2007 See Yellow Arrow on Map.

Green Arrow is where our weather station is located.

Red Arrow is where we took the pictures of Lake Marmo from shore.

Yellow Arrow is where we took the pictures of Lake Marmo from the bridge.

The surface area of Lake Marmo is 160,063 square feet (121.9 square Meters) or 3.67 acres with out the interior island.
The length is approximately 792 feet (241.04 M) and the width is 217 Feet (66.14 M) at it's widest point.  The depth of the lake is about 10 feet (3.048 M) deepest point.  

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Looking South East, we observed one wet spot (Black circle just above the date stamp.) See Red Arrow on Map.

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Looking South at Lake Marmo.  GPS Reading: 216 Meters above Sea level.  41.81649 Degrees North and 88.02234   West

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We were surprised to see that Lake Marmo, had ice from shore to shore.  This view is looking southwest. See Red Arrow on Map.

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This view is looking North from a bridge at the West end of Lake Marmo.  See Yellow Arrow on Map.

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This view is looking Northeast from the bridge.  GPS Reading: 216 Meters above Sea level.  41.81533 Degrees N. and 88.0879  W.

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This is the view when looking East Northeast from the Bridge.     See Yellow Arrow on Map.

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 View A from Shore (See the Diagram Below)

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 View B from Shore

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View C from Shore

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View D from the Bridge

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View E from the Bridge

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View F from the Bridge

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On December 5th, 2007, we had 17 cm of Snow.

Click Here to go to DuPage River Freeze up pictures. 

    The chart above shows the albedo of various objects. 

Albedo - Percentage of reflected sun light in relation to the various surface conditions of the earth.

Why do we study Surface Temperatures!

Albedos of typical materials in visible light range from up to 90% for fresh snow, to about 4% for charcoal, one of the darkest substances. Deeply shadowed cavities can achieve an effective albedo approaching the zero of a blackbody. When seen from a distance, the ocean surface has a low albedo, as do most forests, while desert areas have some of the highest albedos among landforms. Most land areas are in an albedo range of .1 to .4.[5] The average albedo of the Earth is about 30%.[6][7] This is far higher than for the ocean primarily because of the contribution of clouds.

Human activities have changed the albedo (via forest clearance and farming, for example) of various areas around the globe. However, quantification of this effect is difficult on the global scale.

The classic example of albedo effect is the snow-temperature feedback. If a snow covered area warms and the snow melts, the albedo decreases, more sunlight is absorbed, and the temperature tends to increase. The converse is true: if snow forms, a cooling cycle happens. The intensity of the albedo effect depends on the size of the change in albedo and the amount of insolation; for this reason it can be potentially very large in the tropics.

Taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Arboretum Express 

Volunteer students got to see the Arboretum Express. 

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Information about the GLOBE program

GLOBE is and acronym for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.

GLOBE is a global environmental program that uses the internet to share studentís observations and measurements with other GLOBE students and scientist.  My Randolph School  students have recorded over 8000 environmental measurements during my 6 years in the program.

I was trained for GLOBE at University of Illinois Urbana     March 1995  

I served as a GLOBE Teacher Trainer at the following places:

University of Illinois Urbana     August 1995

Drexel University in Philadelphia  August, 1996  

New York University October 1996

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1996

University of Illinois Urbana March, 1997

New Hampshire  April, 1997  

University of Iowa  October, 1997

University of Colorado  January, 1998

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1998

GLOBE New Mexico Workshop May, 1999

Charleston GLOBE South Carolina Workshop October, 1999

West Chester PA  October, 2000 http://www.geocities.com/glopatka/west.htm
GLOBE West Chester Workshop day 3:
http://www.lopatka.net/west3.html

In September of 2003, the Naperville School District 203 formed a partnership with the GLOBE Program.  We have performed Teacher workshops in the following places:

Naperville IL  September, 2003

Highland Park, Illinois July, 2005 Workshop

Park Ridge, Illinois September, 2005

GLOBE Stars

GLOBE Surface Temperature

GLOBE Hydrology Study websites:

Steeple Run Spring 2005 Hydrology in Naperville

Steeple Run Fall 2005 Hydrology in Naperville

Steeple Run Spring  2006 Hydrology in Naperville

Steeple Run Fall 2006 Hydrology in Naperville

Steeple Run Spring 2007 Hydrology in Naperville

Steeple Run students at the Morton Arboretum 2005

Steeple Run Soil Temperature

Steeple Run Bass Release

Steeple Run Rocket Day

Steeple Run and Highlands Bass release 11/4/06

Highlands School 10/14/05 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School 10/11/07 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School macro invertebrates study.

Highlands School Bass Release

Highlands School Site Definition

Randolph School Hydrology at Marquette Park

  http://www.geocities.com/glopatka/ranhydro2.html

Phenology at the Arboretum 

Fall Pnenology 2007

GLOBE Program: http://www.globe.gov

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