Clouds are a major component of the Earth’s system that reflect, absorb, and scatter sunlight and infrared emissions from Earth. This affects how energy passes through the atmosphere. Different types of clouds have different effects, and the amount of cloud cover is also important. Clouds can change rapidly, so frequent observations are useful to track these changes. Such observations are able to see change over time and help with interpretation of satellite cloud data.
The cloud observation tool in the GLOBE Observer mobile app allows you to photograph clouds and record sky observations and compare them with NASA satellite images. The app provides a step-by-step process that helps you learn about clouds and their classification through simple observations and photography. You can also access training and share your observations via the GLOBE Observer website.
By contributing data to the GLOBE Observer project, you can provide a new perspective of the clouds that NASA satellites do not have - looking up.