for Cooperation in the GLOBE Program
(March 24, 1995)
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, acting on
behalf of self and other U.S. Government agencies participating in the
GLOBE Program (hereinafter, the U.S. side), and the Ministries of the
Environment, and Education, Culture and Sport of the State of Israel
(hereinafter, the Israeli side),
Intending to increase the awareness of students throughout the world
about the global environment,
Seeking to contribute to increased scientific understanding of the
desiring to support improved student achievement in science and mathematics,
Have agreed to cooperate in the Global Learning and Observations to
Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program as follows:
ARTICLE 1 - THE GLOBE PROGRAM
The GLOBE Program is an international environmental science and education
program that will bring students, teachers, and scientists together
to study the global environment. GLOBE will create an international
network of students in grades K-12 (or equivalent) studying environmental
issues, making environmental measurements, and sharing useful environmental
data with the international environmental science community.
ARTICLE 2 - RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
A. The U.S. side will:
1. Identify U.S. schools that will participate in the GLOBE Program
(details regarding GLOBE schools in Appendix A);
2. Select, in consultation with international scientists and educators,
the GLOBE environmental measurements and types of measurement equipment
(described in Appendix B);
3. Select Principal Investigator Teams for the GLOBE environmental
measurements, and support the U.S. members of the Teams;
4. Calibrate, if necessary, measurement equipment that cannot be
calibrated by GLOBE teachers and students;
5. Develop, in consultation with international scientists and educators,
GLOBE educational materials;
6. Translate GLOBE instructional materials related to measurement
procedures and reporting protocols into the six United Nations languages,
and provide these plus all broader GLOBE educational materials to
the Israeli side for further reproduction as necessary;
7. Conduct annual regional training sessions for GLOBE Country Coordinators
and GLOBE teachers who will serve as trainers for additional GLOBE
teachers in Israel, and provide a copy of GLOBE training materials
to the Israeli side;
8. Design, develop, operate, and maintain GLOBE data processing capabilities
and other necessary technology and equipment;
9. Provide GLOBE software, as necessary, for use on Israeli GLOBE
school computers. (To the maximum extent possible, textual material
appearing on computer screens will be accessible in the student's
choice among the six United Nations languages.);
10. Accept environmental data reported from GLOBE schools around
the world, and develop and provide resultant global environmental
images (visualization products) to the Israeli side; and
11. Evaluate the overall GLOBE Program periodically, in consultation
with international GLOBE Country Coordinators, and modify the overall
program as appropriate.
B. The Israeli side will:
1. Select Israeli schools to participate in the GLOBE Program (details
regarding GLOBE schools in Appendix A) and provide an updated list
of Israeli GLOBE schools to the U.S. side at the beginning of each
2. Ensure that Israeli GLOBE schools conduct the fundamental activities
of GLOBE schools detailed in Appendix A (take GLOBE environmental
measurements, report data, and receive and use resultant global environmental
images, using GLOBE educational materials under the guidance of teachers
trained to conduct the GLOBE Program);
3. Name a Israeli Government Point of Contact responsible for policy-level
communications with the Director of the GLOBE Program;
4. Name a Country Coordinator responsible for day-to-day management,
oversight, and facilitation of the GLOBE Program in Israel;
5. Ensure that the Country Coordinator and some GLOBE teachers attend
GLOBE regional training and in turn provide GLOBE training to at least
one teacher in each Israeli GLOBE school;
6. Ensure that GLOBE instructional materials related to measurement
procedures and reporting protocols are utilized in Israeli GLOBE schools,
and that broader GLOBE educational materials are appropriately translated,
adapted, reproduced, and distributed to all Israeli GLOBE schools;
7. Ensure that Israeli GLOBE schools have the necessary measurement
equipment to take GLOBE environmental measurements (described in Appendix
8. Ensure that teachers and students at Israeli GLOBE schools calibrate
GLOBE measurement equipment according to procedures provided in GLOBE
9. Ensure that Israeli GLOBE schools have the necessary computer
and communications systems (described in Appendix C) to report GLOBE
environmental measurements and to receive and use GLOBE visualization
products, or make agreed alternative arrangements for such reporting
and receipt. (At a minimum, the Israeli Country Coordinator will need
access to Internet so that all measurement data from Israeli GLOBE
schools will be reported via Internet.); and
10. Evaluate GLOBE operations in Israel periodically and assist the
U.S. side in conducting periodic evaluation of the overall GLOBE Program.
ARTICLE 3 - FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Each side will bear the costs of fulfilling its respective responsibilities
under this agreement. Obligations of each side pursuant to this agreement
are subject to its respective funding procedures and the availability
of appropriated funds, personnel, and other resources.
ARTICLE 4 - LEGAL ARRANGEMENTS
The conduct of activities under this agreement will be consistent with
the relevant laws and regulations of the two sides.
ARTICLE 5 - EXCHANGE OF DATA
GLOBE environmental measurement data, visualization products, software,
and educational materials will be available worldwide without restriction
as to their use or redistribution.
ARTICLE 6 - RELEASE OF INFORMATION
ABOUT THE GLOBE PROGRAM
Each side may release information on the GLOBE Program as it may deem
appropriate without prior consultation with the other.
ARTICLE 7 - CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION
Each side will, to the extent permitted by its laws and regulations,
facilitate the movement of persons and goods necessary to implement
this agreement into and out of its territory and accord entry to such
goods into its territory free of customs duties and other similar charges.
ARTICLE 8 - ENTRY INTO FORCE,
This agreement will enter into force upon signature of the two sides
and win remain in force for five years. It will automatically extend
for further five-year periods, unless either side decides to terminate
it and so notifies the other side with three months written notice.
This agreement may be terminated at any time by either side upon three
months prior written notice to the other side. This agreement may be
amended by written agreement of the two sides.
Done at Jerusalem on the twenty-fourth day of March, 1995, in triplicate,
in the English and Hebrew languages, all texts being equally authentic.
For the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
For the Ministry of Environment of the State of Israel:
For the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the State of
Each partner country will be responsible for identifying
its participating schools. Schools should be selected so as to satisfy
the objectives of the GLOBE Program. In particular, countries should
emphasize the selection of schools that will maximize the number of
students worldwide participating in the program. Also, countries should
consider involving schools in locations that will yield measurement
data that is important to the international environmental science community.
Students at all GLOBE schools throughout the world will conduct the
following fundamental activities: they will make environmental measurements
at or near their schools; report their data to a GLOBE data processing
site; receive vivid graphical global environmental images (visualization
products) created from their data and the data from other GLOBE schools
around the world; and study the environment by relating their observations
and the resulting visualization products to broader environmental topics.
All of these activities will be conducted under the guidance of specially
trained teachers (GLOBE-trained teachers).
GLOBE educational materials will be used in GLOBE schools under the
guidance of GLOBE-trained teachers. These materials will detail procedures
for taking environmental measurements and protocols for reporting data;
explain the significance of the measurements; guide the use of the visualization
products; and integrate the measurement aspects of the program into
a broader study of the environment.
Schools throughout the United States and the rest of the world that
are not GLOBE schools may become GLOBE Affiliate schools by observing
the GLOBE Program in operation through the Internet. Students at these
schools will benefit from the use of GLOBE visualization products and
educational materials accessible on-line. All GLOBE Affiliate schools
will be encouraged to become participating GLOBE schools.
GLOBE Environmental Measurements and Equipment
GLOBE environmental measurements will contribute in a significant way
to the scientific understanding of the dynamics of the global Environment,
Every GLOBE school will conduct a core set of GLOBE environmental measurements
in the following critical areas: Atmosphere/Climate, Hydrology/Water
Chemistry, and Biology/Geology. Where possible, a GLOBE school may coordinate
its activities with those of other neighboring GLOBE schools, so that
the complete set of GLOBE measurements will be available from a locality.
As the GLOBE Program evolves, elective measurements not common to all
GLOBE schools may be added in order to address local environmental issues.
Students at all age levels will be active participants in the GLOBE
Program. The actual participation will be designed so as to be grade-appropriate
for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 (or equivalent). Younger students will
make limited measurements which may be qualitative rather than quantitative.
Older students will make additional measurements and more sophisticated
measurements, as appropriate for their grade level. Measurement equipment
will not need to be standardized; rather, performance specifications
will be provided.
Following is an example list of core measurements and equipment. The
fun list will be initially determined and periodically updated as provided
in Article 2.A.2, based on experience gained in implementing the GLOBE
|| Calibration Thermometer
||pH Paper, Pen, or Meter
||Gypsum Block Sensors
|| Soil Moisture Meter
||Meter Measuring Tape
||Surveying Markers or Stakes
| Tree Diameter
|| Dichotomous Keys
|| 35mm Camera
In order to derive maximum benefit from the GLOBE Program, all schools
will be encouraged to use an international information network, initially
using the Internet, along with classroom computers. The World Wide Web
multi-media information-access capability has been selected as the basis
for IBM-compatible and Apple Macintosh computer systems to support the
required GLOBE school activities of data entry, data analysis, and use
of GLOBE environmental images. Following is a description of GLOBE computer
and communications systems consistent with current GLOBE requirements.
GLOBE Computer and Communications Systems
Overall attributes of the minimum GLOBE school computer configuration
that can execute the necessary software are:
For IBM-compatible systems: a 386 SX or higher level processor; at
least 4 megabytes of RAM memory (8 megabytes preferred); a VGA-capable
monitor and display driver (Super VGA preferred); a hard disk storage
system with as large a capacity as possible (preferably 300 megabytes
or larger); and a direct Internet connection or dial-up capability that
can use SLIP or PPP protocols with a 14,400 bps modem (preferably supporting
V.42bis data compression which can enable 57,600 bps operation). The
Windows 3.1 or later operating system is necessary. A printer is desirable.
For Apple Macintosh systems: 1 68030 20 Mhz or faster processor; at
least 4 megabytes of RAM memory (8 megabytes preferred); a hard disk
storage system with as large a capacity as possible (preferably 300
megabytes or larger); and a direct Internet connection or dial-up capability
that can use SLIP or PPP protocols with a 14,400 bps modem (preferably
supporting V.42bis data compression which can enable 57,600 bps operation).
A printer is desirable.
Software for a higher performance GLOBE school computer system is being
developed that will operate on higher performance, multi-media IBM-compatible
systems and on Apple Macintosh systems. For IBM-compatible systems:
a 486/66 or faster processor; 16 megabytes of RAM memory; 500 megabytes
of hard disk space; a Super VGA monitor; a double-speed CD-ROM reader;
a Soundblaster compatible sound card; and an MPEG animation speed-up
board will be required. For Apple Macintosh systems: a PowerPC processor;
16 megabytes of RAM memory; 500 megabytes of hard disk space; and a
double-speed CD-ROM reader will be required. A communications capability
the same as or better than for the minimum configurations above will
also be required. A printer will be highly desirable.
It is recognized that there is a broad range of technological capabilities
among potential GLOBE schools. The diversity of technology accessible
by schools worldwide may require in some cases that environmental measurements
be reported in hardcopy and that a variety of media be used to distribute
visualization products, including photographs and broadcast television.
All schools that want to participate in the program will be accommodated.
Technology associated with the GLOBE Program will continually evolve
to higher levels and participants will be encouraged to upgrade over