Colaiste Muire student Clara Feeney with teacher Ms. Nicola Meere monitoring particulate matter in the atmosphere as part of the GLOBE International Atmospheric Monitoring Programme.
The GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. It consists of a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional, and global scales. It’s particular focus is to engage school age pupils and to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery. This year 20 schools across Ireland, of which Coláiste Muire was one, were asked to participate in an air quality monitoring campaign during the months of March and April, and to take daily recordings of various air and atmosphere variables using a range of instruments. The data is being recorded, analysed and interpreted by students and put in perspective to better understand our air quality and factors affecting it.