Tools and Data Quick Reference

Supplies for Backyard Research

  • Rain Gauge: CoCoRaHS Website has a list of suppliers, approximately $20–25
  • Wooden 4" X 4" Post with a beveled top for mounting gauge
  • Tools for placing the post into the ground such as a shovel, drill, screwdriver, hammer, nails/screws and level to attach gauge to post.
  • Detailed map of your location
  • Google Earth (to identify the latitude and longitude of your test site)
  • Data sampling sheet, available in the Tools section of this guide and from idoscience.net, where you can share your observations with other citizen scientists.

Additional background information on the tools used can be found on the CoCoRaHS, rainlog.org and GLOBE websites.

Data and Tools for Earth Observation

  • Giovanni TRMM Online Visualization and Analysis System.
    • Giovanni is a Web-based application developed by the GES DISC that provides a simple and intuitive way to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data without having to download the data.
  • Google Earth.
  • Additional exploration of satellite data can be done in NEO or NASA Earth Observations. NEO was designed to provide access to and simple analysis of satellite imagery in uniform, familiar data formats. NEO is for educators and students, citizen scientists, and informal educators like museums.