Press Release: Estonia Joins Enhanced Global Environmental Research Program GLOBEPlus

February 9, 2021


The United States Embassy in Tallinn, in coordination with the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), NASA, and the GLOBE Implementation Office, is proud to announce the designation of Estonia as a GLOBEPlus member. This distinction allows GLOBE Estonia to enhance its program and engage schools, institutions, and groups to further promote science education.

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, now in its 26th year in Estonia, promotes science and technology education, particularly amongst women and girls, to help develop the next generation of global innovators. GLOBE improves understanding of the environment through interactive programming which showcases U.S. science and technology innovations, combats vector-borne disease, and promotes English-based instruction.

On June 19, 1996, the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Education of Estonia signed a cooperation agreement that paved the way for successful collaboration between Estonia’s GLOBE community and U.S. researchers. Since then, Estonia has been one of the most active partners in GLOBE. Estonia is one of only nine GLOBE programs around the world to achieve the GLOBEPlus designation.

Throughout 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn will host a series of GLOBEPlus webinars in partnership with NASA and local Estonian schools in Tartu, Narva, Viljandi, Rakvere, and Kilingi-Nõmme. The first webinar took place on February 4, 2021, with NASA Program Scientist for Landsat and Terra, Dr. Garik Gutman. Eight Estonian schools joined the “Introduction to Land Remote Sensing from Space: 1. Mission to Planet Earth” program.

For more information about the program, contact GLOBE Estonia.