To solve global problems, we need global
scientific understanding of local change.
On the need for GLOBE
To understand global changes in
the Earth system, scientists must generalize globally from observations made locally and
regionally. In land change science, ecology, archaeology,
anthropology and other disciplines in which field studies are costly and
time consuming, observations are generally obtained by researchers
working at disparate local and regional case study sites chosen for
different reasons. As a result, scientific understanding of global
pattern, process and change in these disciplines tends to be based on
non-statistical inferences made from observations collated and analyzed
by informal methods.
GLOBE aims to transform global change science by enabling
new scientific workflows based on statistically robust,
globally relevant integration of local and regional observations using
an online social-computational system.