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Field Campaigns and Major Projects


Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program is in the process of planning a major field campaign, the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), which will take place in Alaska and western Canada. ABoVE will seek a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems and society to this changing environment.

Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) is a long-term initiative by USAID to address the issues of deforestation and biodiversity loss in the Congo Basin forest zone.

Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC/GOLD) is a panel of the Global Terrestrial Observation System (GTOS) program. Land-cover and fire are two focus areas for the program.

Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS)
is a new international research organization focusing on human monsoon system interaction.

NACP (2002–Present)
The North American Carbon Program (NACP) and North American Carbon Program Mid-Continent Intensive (NACP MCI) central objective is to measure and understand the sources and sinks of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) in North America and in adjacent ocean regions.

OCCC (2005–Present)
Ocean Carbon and Climate Change (OCCC)
focuses directly on the ocean carbon system and its interaction with the atmosphere and land carbon reservoirs.

NEESPI (2002–Present)
Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative (NEESPI) strives to understand how the land ecosystems and continental water dynamics in northern Eurasia interact with and alter the climate system, the biosphere, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere of the Earth.

SO GasEx III (2007–Present)
The Southern Ocean Gas Exchange Experiment III (SO GasEx III) will look at both the controls on air-sea gas exchange and on pCO2.



LBA-ECO (1995– 2010)
LBA-ECO is the Ecology component of the Large-scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA), the largest cooperative international scientific project ever to study the interaction between the Amazon Forest and the regional and global atmosphere.

SAFARI 2000 (2000)
The SAFARI 2000 (S2K) project was an international science initiative to study the linkages between land and atmosphere processes in the southern African region.

BOREAS (1993– 1998)
Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) and BOREAS Follow-on investigated exchanges of energy, water, heat, CO2, and trace gases between the boreal forest of central Canada and the atmosphere.

OTTER (1990– 1991)
Oregon Transect Ecosystem Research (OTTER) The purpose of the project was to estimate major fluxes of carbon, nitrogen, and water in forest ecosystems using an ecosystem-process model driven by remotely sensed data.

FIFE (1987– 1993)
The First ISLSCP (International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project) Field Experiment (FIFE) and FIFE Follow-on was a large-scale climatology project set in the prairies of central Kansas designed to improve understanding of carbon and water cycles; to coordinate data collected by satellites, aircraft, and ground instruments; and to use satellites to measure these cycles.

US JGOFS (Late 1980’s)
US Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (US JGOFS) started in the late 1980s to study the ocean carbon cycle with the goal to understand the controls on the concentrations and fluxes of carbon and associated nutrients in the ocean.