Vietnamese students share environmental data with global peers via satellites

03:33 PM 08/05/2018 Print

Dr. Tony P. Murphy, Director of the GLOBE Programme Implementation Office, instructs Vietnamese teachers to practice activities under the GLOBE’s Soil category. (Photo courtesy of NASC)

The GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education programme, aiming to bring 6-18 year-old students, as well as teachers and scientists, together to study the global environment.

The interdisciplinary programme was launched in 1995 with its organisational and operational structure sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as other related agencies.

Currently, the programme’s network has reached 113 countries around the globe to train nearly 60,000 teachers and 2,000 students in collecting data and raising awareness on the Earth's environment.

The GLOBE has been piloted in a number of secondary and high schools in Hanoi, such as the Hanoi-Amsterdam High School and Nguyen Tat Thanh Lower and Upper Secondary School, from the 2017-2018 academic year, enabling teachers and their classes to engage in a scientific exploration of the Earth and promote the use of space technology to protect the environment.

From May 7-9, the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC), in collaboration with the GLOBE Asia and Pacific Regional Coordination Office, hosted a regional coordinators’ conference with the participants representing the 16 member countries.

The conference aims to assess the performance of the learning and observing programmes for the global environmental interests of the member states. The participants discuss regional and international cooperation, as well as updating their knowledge in order to further develop the GLOBE programme.

Vu Anh Tuan, GLOBE Country Coordinator in Vietnam, cum Deputy Director of the VNSC, said that the most important factor in the GLOBE is that environmental information will be posted on the entire common website with the participation of its 120 member countries. If there are parameters at the measurement points, a large scientific database will be created - which no organisation or scientist could do individually. Through the GLOBE, Vietnamese students will share and exploit data with their peers in the US and other countries for scientific purposes, he added.

Earlier on Saturday, Vietnamese teachers were trained to improve their skills and methods to practice under the three basic subjects of GLOBE, namely Atmosphere, Hydrosphere and Soil, while also learning how to post data on the GLOBE international website.