Globe is an online collaborative environment that enables land change scientist and researchers to synthesize and integrate local and regional case studies to assess the global relevance of their work. GLOBE allows researchers and institutions to rapidly share, compare and synthesize local and regional studies using global datasets of human and environmental variables.
Understanding human impact on the environment is hindered by our limited knowledge of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS). While remote sensing and global climate modeling have transformed how we observe and model global patterns, human systems and their impacts are not observable from space, nor can they be modeled globally without a better grasp of how CHANS function locally.
GLOBE is an NSF funded project composed of UMBC researchers and students from Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE), Geography and Environmental Systems (GES), and Information Systems (IS).
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