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ROSES-12 Amendment 28: The Applied Science Programs, Appendix A.37, Water Resources Applied Sciences Team, Appendix A.38, Health and Air Quality, and Appendix A.39, Cross-cutting Topics are being moved to ROSES-13 posted December 26, 2012

The NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program solicits proposals that develop and demonstrate innovative and practical applications of Earth observations, models, visualizations, and other Earth science and geospatial products in decision-support activities related to ecological forecasting for conservation and natural resource management.

In February with the release of ROSES 2012 the following three Applied Sciences calls were presented as placeholders: Appendix A.37, Water Resources Applied Sciences Team, Appendix A.38, Health and Air Quality, and Appendix A.39, Cross-cutting Topics. All three of these programs will be solicited as part of ROSES-13, not ROSES-12.

On or about December 19, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012" (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012.

Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Lawrence Friedl, Applied Sciences Program, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: LFriedl@nasa.gov; Telephone: (202) 358-1599.

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ROSES-12 Amendment 30: Final text for Appendix A.36, Earth Science Applications: Ecological Forecasting for Conservation and Natural Resource Management posted December 21, 2012

In February with the release of ROSES 2012 Appendix A.36, Earth Science Applications: Ecological Forecasting for Conservation and Natural Resource Management, was presented as a placeholder. This amendment presents final text for Appendix A.36.

The Ecological Forecasting program element of the Applied Sciences Program supports the use of NASA observations and associated models to develop a predictive understanding of how ecosystems and their components (e.g., species, genes) are changing and why, in order to enable better conservation and more sustainable natural resource management.

This solicitation will initially support twelve-month feasibility studies of potential applications. NASA will then down-select and continue support for a subset of these applications in subsequent, three-year projects. The three-year projects will continue to develop the application with and then transition the application to a public or private organization for sustained use in decision making and services to end-users.

This Amendment releases final text for Appendix A.36, Earth Science Applications: Ecological Forecasting for Conservation and Natural Resource Management. Notices of Intent are requested by February 14, 2013 and Proposals are due April 18, 2013.

On or about December 21, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012" (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012.

Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Woody Turner, Applied Sciences Program, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: Woody.Turner@nasa.gov; Telephone: (202) 358-1662.

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ROSES-12 Amendment 26: Final text in ROSES-12 via Appendix A.31, Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science posted December 13, 2012

This solicitation is for new and successor interdisciplinary research investigations within NASA’s Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science (IDS) program. Proposed research investigations will meet the following criteria: a) offer a fundamental advance to our understanding of the Earth system; b) be based on remote sensing data, especially satellite observations, but including suborbital sensors as appropriate; c) go beyond correlation of data sets and seek to understand the underlying causality of change through determination of the specific physical, chemical, and/or biological processes involved; d) be truly interdisciplinary in scope by involving traditionally disparate disciplines of the Earth sciences; and e) address at least one of the five specific themes listed in this solicitation:
• Understanding Earth System Vulnerabilities to Climate Extremes
• Impacts of Changing Polar Ice Cover
• Water and Energy Cycle Impacts of Biomass Burning
• Impacts of Population growth on watersheds and coastal ecology
• Role of Permafrost in a Changing Climate

Notices of Intent are requested by March 1, 2013, and proposals are due by April 1, 2013.

On or about December 13, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012" (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012.

Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Thomas Wagner, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: thomas.wagner@nasa.gov; Telephone: (202) 358-4682.

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CORRECTION to the Call for Members of the Science Definition Team for the ABoVE Field Campaign posted November 6, 2012 posted December 11, 2012

The Call for Members of the Science Definition Team for the ABoVE Field Campaign released through NSPIRES on November 6, 2012, contained an error in the E-mail address for submitting application letters.  The correct E-mail address is:  Diane.E.Wickland@nasa.gov (please note, there are no spaces in this address).

Potential responders to the original Call for Members of the Science Definition Team for the ABoVE Field Campaign should take note of this correction. 

The opportunity is summarized below, with the full contact information now corrected.

Nominations for the ABoVE SDT
NASA is soliciting applications and nominations for members of the Science Definition Team (SDT) of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign, described in the ABoVE Scoping Study Report, Revised ABoVE Executive Summary, and report of the June 13-15, 2012ABoVE Workshop available at http://cce.nasa.gov/terrestrial_ecology/above/

For more information see the full text of this community announcement: http://tinyurl.com/ABoVESDT

Letter applications are invited from individuals, not groups. Collaborations and teams are not solicited. Each Letter is to be limited to three pages, with 11-point (or larger) font and one-inch margins. The subject line of a responsive application must read "NASA ABoVE SDT Application."  Letter applications submitted by E-mail are preferred, but may also be submitted by regular mail or fax. Responses to this invitation must be received no later than 4:30 PM EST on December 14, 2012.

Application letters should be submitted to:

Dr. Diane E. Wickland
Terrestrial Ecology Program
Earth Science Division - Science Mission Directorate
Mail Suite 3B74
NASA Headquarters
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546
Tel: 202-358-0245
E-mail: Diane.E.Wickland@nasa.gov
Fax: 202-358-3172

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GLOBAL CARBON BUDGET 2012 released posted December 5, 2012

The Global Carbon Project has just released the 2012 update of the Global Carbon Budget.

This year's budget includes the latest trends in global and regional carbon dioxide emissions and sinks, and analysis of how these trends relate to keeping global temperatures below 2C.

A commentary in Nature Climate Change focusses on comparing observed emission trends with four generations of IPCC emissions scenarios and considers the mitigation challenge to keep temperatures below 2C. http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate1783.html

A detailed manuscript in Earth System Science Data Discussions describes the full carbon budget (emission sources and sinks), and the methods and data used. http://www.earth-syst-sci-data-discuss.net/5/1107/2012/essdd-5-1107-2012.html

The GCP webpage provides all the background information, and links to the underlaying datasets and a ppt presentation. http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/carbonbudget

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NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships

OSSI is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available.

https://intern.nasa.gov/

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Call for Members of the Science Definition Team for the ABoVE Field Campaign
posted November 6, 2012

NASA is soliciting applications and nominations for members of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign Science Definition Team (SDT). Response will take the form of a Letter of Application submitted to the Terrestrial Ecology Program Manager at NASA Headquarters.

1. Scope of the Program

The next major field campaign to be sponsored by the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program will focus on 1) developing a fuller understanding of ecosystem vulnerability to climate change in the Arctic and boreal regions of westernNorth America, with some degree of concentrated effort in Alaska, and 2) providing the scientific information required to develop options for societal responses to the impacts of these changes. The field campaign will be based on the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) concept as described in the ABoVE Scoping Study Report, Revised ABoVE Executive Summary, and report of the June 13-15, 2012 ABoVE Workshop (available at http://cce.nasa.gov/terrestrial_ecology/above/; if this Web site is not available, please send an email to support@cce.nasa.gov to request copies of the desired documents).

Climate change in the Arctic and boreal region is unfolding faster than anywhere else on Earth, resulting in a longer ice-free Arctic Ocean during summer, warming and thawing of permafrost, increases in the frequency and severity of climate-driven disturbances, widespread changes to surface water extent, and alterations in vegetation structure and function. Environmental change in this region is increasingly affecting society in a variety of ways, including impacts on forests from insects and fires, erosion of Arctic coastlines, and changes to wildlife habitat and ecosystems that affect subsistence opportunities and economic uses. Research conducted as part of ABoVE to address ecosystem vulnerability in these systems will involve observations, process-oriented analyses, scientific syntheses, and modeling. Emphasis will be on research that integrates data collected by airborne andspaceborne sensors with information obtained from field studies and ground-based observations. The study will address questions that are associated with processes that are critical to understanding the environmental and societal impacts of climate change in Arctic-boreal ecosystems, as well as ecosystem responses that in turn affect trajectories of future change in the region and/or feedback to the global climate system.

ABoVE will contribute to the priorities of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), conducting research that responds to specific calls for research that advances understanding of vulnerabilities in human and biogeophysical systems and their relationships to climate extremes, thresholds, and tipping points (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/m-12-15.pdf). This research will require:  integrated cross-sectoral, biogeophysical, and socioeconomic observations, as well as improved simulation and modeling. Specific areas where progress is needed include:  observations to detect trends in extremes, integration of observations into models, attribution of change to human or natural causes, integrated research on Earth and human systems; simulation and prediction at spatial and temporal scale conducive to decision making; and adaptation responses to changing frequency and intensity of extreme events.

The ABoVE Science Definition Team (SDT) members will spend approximately twelve to fifteen months refining the science questions and issues to be addressed and developing a detailed study design for the ABoVE field campaign. The SDT will be supported in its efforts by the Terrestrial Ecology Program at NASA Headquarters and the ABoVE support team within the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems (CC&E) Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The work of the SDT will culminate in a report that will serve as the Concise Experiment Plan NASA will use to guide its implementation of the field campaign (for an example, please refer to the Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia Concise Experiment Plan at http://cce.nasa.gov/terrestrial_ecology/above/).

2. Science Definition Team for ABoVE

2.1 ABoVE SDT Structure

The ABoVE SDT will consist of approximately 8-20 members with expertise in scientific disciplines relevant to the goals of ABoVE. These include, but are not limited to ecology, biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, geography, land surface climatology, and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Members also will have expertise in the methodologies to be used: satellite, airborne, and in situ observations; data analysis; data synthesis; data management; and modeling. It will be desirable for some members of the SDT to have knowledge of and experience working in northern high latitude ecosystems and/or experience in applying scientific knowledge to decision making in the region. NASA also will be looking for members who have a demonstrated ability to work well as constructive, engaged members of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team. The Terrestrial Ecology Program Manager will make a recommendation to the Selecting Official for a Chair or Co-Chairs of the ABoVE SDT from the selected SDT members. The NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program Manager and possibly other agency representatives will be ex officio members of the ABoVE SDT.

NASA is currently seeking and discussing partnerships with other organizations in the conduct of ABoVE. There is also the possibility that partnerships may develop to involve ABoVE in abroader, multidisciplinary field program in the Arctic. If such partnerships are realized, NASA may ask its ABoVE SDT members to also engage in the scientific planning for the combined activity, joining with the scientists representing the scientific interests of the partner organizations. NASA is not anticipating that such interactions will add significantly to the burden ofwork to be undertaken by the ABoVE SDT.

2.2 ABoVE SDT Responsibilities

The members of the ABoVE SDT will provide NASA with scientific assistance in developing a Concise Experiment Plan for the ABoVE field campaign.  This plan will include the science questions to be addressed, a compelling rationale explaining the scientific and societal importance of the study, the research approach/strategy, a reasonably detailed study design and description of required field and remote sensing observations, required field infrastructure, logistics, and data management capabilities.

NASA's charge to the SDT will be to design a regional, Arctic-boreal terrestrial ecosystem research project to be conducted in western North America, including Alaska, that is faithful to the scope and primary objectives described in the Revised Executive Summary for ABoVE. The ABoVE Scoping Study Report included details regarding study design and management as a proof-of-concept demonstration of feasibility. The SDT will be free to adopt those recommendations or further consider, refine, and/or alter the study design to best address ABoVE goals and objectives. The SDT will be charged to identify the particular societal issues that will be studied in ABoVE, with the understanding that these will likely require the incorporation of complementary social and natural science perspectives and methods. The SDT will be charged to design a study that leverages, complements, and is compatible with ongoing Arctic-boreal research projects and field observations of national and international organizations working in the region. The NASA field campaign can then focus on filling gaps in scientific or geographic coverage and providing integrated regional analyses through effective use of satellite and airborne remote sensing, geospatial data analysis tools, and integrative data synthesis and modeling studies.

The initial meeting of the ABoVE SDT will be targeted for late February 2013 and will be a teleconference call. The SDT can be expected to meet in person four times over the twelve to fifteen months following SDT selection. Meeting duration will be for (typically) two to three days. The SDT also may have regular phone-in meetings. Meetings will be called and their agendas set by the SDT Chair in coordination with NASA HQ and CC&E Office management to ensure that planned activities are aligned with programmatic needs and expectations. NASA will support travel expenses for all ABoVE SDTwork. Salary and other financial support will not be provided to SDT members. The CC&E Office will be responsible for any tasks necessary to support the work of the ABoVE SDT. All reports and other output of the ABoVE SDT will be made publicly available. Once the SDT's work has concluded, it will be disbanded prior to any solicitations for the field campaign being issued by NASA.

2.3 ABoVE SDT Membership Proposal Content

Response to this Call is in the form of a Letter of Application. In the letter, the applicant should provide evidence of expertise and knowledge in areas highly relevant to the ABoVE primary scientific goals and related research activities. The types of expertise and knowledge desired were listed in section 2.1; however, appropriate expertise is not limited to the examples given there. All applicants must explain the knowledge and skills they have to offer and why they are important for SDT activities. Letters of application should provide a brief statement regarding which aspects of the ABoVE study the applicant would be able to help develop, as well as their overall vision regarding the scientific direction and scope of the field campaign. Applicants may express an interest in serving as SDT Chair (or co-Chair), but NASA will not limit selection of the SDT Chair to those applicants who express interest.

The Letter may contain a brief list of references to scientific or technical papers the applicant has published and/or positions held and work conductedthat establish her/him as a leader in their area(s) of expertise. The Letter should also contain a statement of how much time the applicant will commit over the next twelve to fifteen months for activities related to the ABoVE SDT, particularly if there are any major constraints that may restrict full engagement in the significant amount of work that will be required to define the scientific approach and study design for the ABoVE field campaign.

Letter applications are invited from individuals, not groups. Collaborations and teams are not solicited. Each Letter is to be limited to three pages, with 11-point (or larger) font and one-inch margins. The subject line of a responsive application must read "NASA ABoVE SDT Application."  Letter applications submitted by E-mail are preferred, but may also be submitted by regular mail or fax. Responses to this invitation must be received no later than 4:30 PM EST on December 14, 2012.

3. Selection of the ABoVE Science Definition Team

NASA expects to select approximately 8-20 individuals for membership on theABoVE SDT and plans to announce its selection in February 2013. NASA will select the ABoVE SDT members and the SDT Chair from the pool of respondents after reviewing the letters received in response to this call.

Application letters should be submitted to:

Dr. Diane E. Wickland Terrestrial Ecology Program Earth Science Division - Science Mission Directorate Mail Suite 3B74 NASA Headquarters 300 E Street, SW Washington, DC 20546 Tel: 202-358-0245
E-mail: Diane.E.Wickland@nasa.gov Fax: 202-358-3172

 

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program posted November 6, 2012

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2013-2014 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2013, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2013.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 13 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ - click on "Solicitations" then click on "Open Solicitations" then select the "NESSF 13" announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

For further information contact Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail: claire.i.macaulay@nasa.gov or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail: hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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Opportunity to Comment on Pre-Aerosol, Clouds, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Science Definition Team (SDT) Report
posted September 17, 2012

Members of the Earth Science Community:

In 2010 NASA released a new report “Responding to the Challenge of Climate and Environmental Change: NASA's Plan for a Climate-Centric Architecture for Earth Observations and Applications from Space” (http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/). This report, referred to as the “Climate Initiative”, called for the development and launch of the Pre-Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission (http://dsm.gsfc.nasa.gov/PACE.html).The PACE mission will make global ocean color measurements to provide extended data records on ocean ecology and global biogeochemistry (e.g., carbon cycle), possibly along with polarimetry measurements to provide extended data records on clouds and aerosols. Understanding of impacts and feedbacks of the Earth system to climate are of critical importance.

The PACE mission will extend key global climate data records based on SeaWiFS, MODIS heritage for ocean color, and begun by PARASOL, MODIS, and MISR for aerosols and clouds. The 2007 IPCC identified the largest uncertainty in our understanding of physical climate as that due to aerosols and clouds. New and continuing global observations of ocean ecology, biology, and chemistry are required to quantify aquatic carbon storage and ecosystem function in response to human activities and natural events. A key goal is improvement of climate-carbon and climate-ecology model prediction. The blend of atmospheric and oceanic requirements is critical as ocean biology is affected by deposition of aerosols onto the ocean, which in turn, produce aerosol precursors that influence climate.

In August 2011, NASA competed a Science Definition Team (SDT) to help draft a report for defining the science objectives of the PACE mission. The Science Definition Team was selected in September of 2011. The PACE SDT report is now drafted and is available for public comment and feedback through 1 October 2012. A pdf of the report can be found at:http://dsm.gsfc.nasa.gov/PACE.html under “SDT report”, dated 4 September 2012.
If you wish to comment on the draft PACE SDT report, there is a form (MS Word and PDF) available for download listed under the pdf of the report labeled “Report Comments”. Please use this form to itemize your comments and submit that form via E-mail tobraatz_lena@bah.com. Please place the words “PACE SDT report comments” in the subject line of the message, otherwise your comments may not be reviewed.

Once the period for PACE SDT report comment closes, the SDT will consider the comments and update the text as needed. There will not be responses to each Email, and the person monitoring the comment E-mail address above will not be able to respond to any questions, programmatic, budgetary, or editorial, regarding any aspect of the mission.

We look forward to your comments. Thank you.

Paula Bontempi, PACE Program Scientist
Betsy Edwards, PACE Program Executive
Hal Maring, PACE Deputy Program Scientist
Woody Turner, PACE Applied Science

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September 2012 issue of National Geographic features WHRC's U.S. Forest Biomass Map
posted August 29, 2012

The September 2012 issue of National Geographic features WHRC's U.S. Forest Biomass Map produced under the Terrestrial Ecology Program as a core project in the North American Carbon Program. See press release from WHRC.

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Daymet data for year 2011 is now available from the ORNL Daymet website posted August 21, 2012

http://daymet.ornl.gov/

Data is available for the conterminous United States and Southern Canada to 52 degrees north.  At this time, data is not available for Daymet Tiles that are entirely within the country of Mexico.  This condition also exists for 2010 data.

For the current level of distributed Daymet Tiles, missing Daymet tiles have been replaced with nodata tiles.  Please see the Daymet User's Guides; http://daymet.ornl.gov/datasupport for more information.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments:  http://daymet.ornl.gov/contact

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ROSES-12 Amendment 12: Final Text for ROSES-12 Appendix A.4, Terrestrial Ecology
  posted August 1, 2012

NASA Terrestrial Ecology research addresses changes in Earth’s carbon cycle and ecosystems using space-based observations.  This solicitation requests proposals for 1) data set development in support of arctic-boreal ecosystem vulnerability research to be conducted in a future Terrestrial Ecology Program-sponsored field campaign, 2) data set development to meet specific priority needs of the NASA terrestrial ecological community, and 3) successor studies in the areas of remote sensing science and remote sensing methods development that offer to significantly advance the results of prior NASA Terrestrial Ecology research.

Proposals to this program will be taken via a two-step proposal process. This means that the Notice of Intent is replaced by a required Step-1 proposal and the Title and Principal Investigator are binding. The three-page Step-1 proposal will be used to conduct a preliminary evaluation, which will result in full proposals being either encouraged or discouraged. See Section 4 of Appendix A.4 for details.

This amendment presents the final text for this Appendix A.4 Terrestrial Ecology, which replaces in its entirety the placeholder text that was released with ROSES 2012. Step-1 proposals are due September 18, 2012 and Step-2 proposals are due January 8, 2013.

On or about July 30, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012" (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012.

Questions concerning Appendix A.4, TE, may be addressed to Diane E. Wickland,
Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. E-mail: Diane.E.Wickland@nasa.gov; Telephone: (202) 358-0245.

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AGU Sessions of Interest to the Carbon Cycle Community
  posted July 17, 2012

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SAVE THE DATE Terrestrial Ecology Meeting posted July 11, 2012

April 30 through May 2, 2013, Scripps Seaside Forum, San Diego, CA

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ROSES-12 Amendment 10: New Opportunity in ROSES-12 via Appendix A.47, Development and Testing of Potential Indicators For The National Climate Assessment  posted July 11, 2012
 
NASA is a major contributor to global climate and related environmental assessment activities, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Assessments and the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Environment Programme (WMO/UNEP) Ozone Assessment Reports. NASA has made a similarly significant contribution to the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), a central component of the 2012-2022 U.S. Global Change Research Program's Strategic Plan, and intends to continue supporting the NCA.
 
Indicators are anticipated to be an important component of future NCAs. These indicators are intended to provide a clear and concise way of communicating to the NCA audiences about not only status and trends of physical drivers of the climate system, but also the ecological and socioeconomic impacts, vulnerabilities, and responses to those drivers. This ROSES element solicits contributions to enhance NASA's participation in future NCAs by encouraging the developing and testing of potential indicators that address the needs expressed in the NCA vision for a national system of indicators and that largely draw from NASA-produced data and/or modeling products.
 
Notices of Intent are requested by August 3, 2012, and proposals are due by October 5, 2012
 
On or about July 2, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012" (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012 .
 
Technical Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Allison Leidner, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: allison.k.leidner@nasa.gov Telephone: (202) 358-0855 and/or Fred Lipschultz U.S. Global Change Research Program. Email: flipschultz@usgcrp.gov Telephone: (202) 419-3463.
 
NASA point of contact for programmatic questions regarding this solicitation is Jack A. Kaye, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: Jack.A.Kaye@nasa.gov Telephone: 202-358-2559.

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ESA Funding for nine 2-year Post Doc Researchers posted July 11, 2012
The European Space Agency's Changing Earth Network has just released a new call for proposals to fund nine 2-year postdoctoral researchers. The Changing Earth Science Network aims at supporting young scientists in ESA member states to undertake cutting edge research activities that specifically contribute to advancing the scientific achievements of the Living Planet Programme by maximising the use of ESA EO assets. Potential candidates are invited to submit a proposal to ESA by 24th August 2012 in conjunction with a host organisation that is from a member state of ESA*.

The Support To Science Element, who organise the call for proposals, have further details on their website (http://due.esrin.esa.int/stse/cesn/cesn_opencall.php). This includes the relevant background documents and information pack for applicants that has further details on candidate eligibility, host organisation agreement, the proposal, etc. It also includes a draft partnership agreement for the host organisation and ESA.

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Report Warns of Rapid Decline in U.S. Earth Observation Capabilities
posted June 7, 2012
Next-Generation Missions Hindered by Budget Shortfalls, Launch Failures


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New USGCRP Strategic Plan for 2012-2021 posted June 7, 2012
A Strategic Plan for the U. S. Global Change Research Program
(30M pdf) has been released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. (learn more)
posted June 7, 2012

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Selections for 2011 Terrestrial Ecology NRA released  May 31, 2012 posted June 1, 2012
Link to Announcement (pdf).

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ForestSAT 2012 abstract deadline has been extended to 1 May 2012 posted April 16, 2012
A conference promoting science-based applications of remote sensing and other spatial data in forested systems. Come join us 11-14 September 2012 in Corvallis, Oregon, USA for this important conference. The purpose of ForestSAT 2012 is to promote scientifically-based understanding of how spatial analysis technologies can help describe and monitor forested systems. Recognized is an inherent need to integrate data from an array of remote sensing systems, and other spatial information, using a variety of approaches. Numerous uses of spatial data are relevant, from addressing the needs of local forest managers, to informing forest ecosystem models, to establishing monitoring systems in support of international agreements. Delegates to ForestSAT typically represent research organizations, universities, agencies, and the private sector.

The deadline to submit an abstract for ForestSAT 2012 has been extended to 1 May 2012. Details can be found on the website. We are looking forward to your participation, ForestSAT 2012

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GSFC 2012 HyspIRI Symposium: May 16-17, 2012 posted April 6, 2012
For the third year in a row, GSFC will organize and host a 2-day Symposium on data products to be possible using the future HyspIRI platform with an imaging spectrometer (390-2500 nm, 10 nm) and an imaging 8-band thermal instrument, both with 60 m spatial resolution globally over land and coastal areas.  The 2012 HyspIRI Products Symposium will be held on May 16-17 in Greenbelt, MD at NASA/GSFC, Building 34 (Rooms W150, W120A & W120B, located on the 1st floor).  This year’s topic is: “Identifying Priority Products to Support HyspIRI's Science Questions.”  Focus areas:  Ecosystem Function & Composition; Disturbances & Human Impacts; and Volcano, Natural Hazards & Mineral/Resources. Registration to attend the HyspIRI Symposium is required. Please register at http://hyspiri.jpl.nasa.gov/.  NASA badging is also required for non-Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) employees to attend the Symposium.  All US citizens must register by Thursday, May 10-- please provide full name and affiliation. Persons from non-designated countries, must provide their name and email address to the HyspIRI website by April 19 (30 days advance notice required). We encourage poster contributions relevant to the topic: If you are submitting a poster, please send an abstract (i.e., title, author, summary) to Dr. Elizabeth Middleton at Elizabeth.Middleton@nasa.gov on or before May 1 with "HyspIRI Symposium” in the subject line. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the meeting. 

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2012 Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Competition posted April 5, 2012
Goals of the Competition
An important strategy for the Foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative is to support the research of an influential group of individual Investigators. MMI is initiating a new portfolio that will support 10–15 outstanding scientists who are current or emerging leaders in the field. They will be chosen based on their potential to conduct cutting-edge research that supports MMI’s objectives to uncover the principles that govern the interactions among marine microbes and that influence microbially mediated nutrient flow in marine ecosystems. MMI expects that the successful candidates will be at varying career stages and will represent a variety of scientific backgrounds to enhance the diversity of tools and approaches used to address outstanding questions in the field. Applicants may include microbial ecologists, biogeochemists, modelers, evolutionary biologists, bioinformaticians, and others. The new Investigator awards will run from 2013–2018 and seek to support the research of an influential group of individual researchers who will be selected based on the significance of their past research, the quality of their current research, the potential for continued groundbreaking science in the future, and the probability that their future work will contribute to the success of the Initiative. It is anticipated that the awards will range from approximately $200,000 to $500,000 per year in direct costs for an aggregate amount of approximately $25M over five years.

Application Portal
Detailed information about the competition can be found at:
http://www.moore.org/mmi-investigators

Application Deadline
The deadline for submitting an application is Monday June 4, 2012 at 2 PM Pacific Time.

Anticipated Selection Date
The final selection will be completed by December 2012.

Eligibility Requirements

Hold a tenured or tenure-track position (or equivalent) for a minimum of four years on the date of application, with the first appointment as an independent researcher no later than June 1, 2008; and
Have served as principal investigator on one or more active, major, competitive research grants (e.g. from NSF, NSERC, DOE, NASA, NOAA, CNRS, DFG, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Sloan Foundation, James S. McDonnell Foundation).

Please contact investigatorcompetition@moore.org with any questions about eligibility or the competition process.

Review Criteria
Successful applicants will be among the most outstanding in the field, regardless of career stage. Selected MMI Investigators will show great promise as recognized or future leaders in the field of marine microbial ecology. They should have established a research program that is supported by at least one major competitively awarded grant and should have a significant reputation for excellence in their research field. Researchers will be evaluated on the significance of their past research, the quality of their current research, the potential for continued groundbreaking science in the future, and the probability that their future work will contribute to the success of the Initiative.

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Dates for AGU 2012 Fall Meeting Changed posted 4.5.12
The dates for AGU’s 2012 Fall Meeting have been changed to Monday 3 December – Friday 7 December, with pre-meeting events and workshops scheduled for Sunday 2 December.

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ROSES-11 Amendment 40: Cancelation of Appendix E.5 and E.6 March due dates posted March 11, 2012
Amendment 40 cancels the second opportunity in ROSES-2011 to apply to Appendixes E.5 and E.6: the Supplemental Education and Public Outreach Programs, respectively.
 
The Supplemental Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Programs were designed to allow SMD-funded researchers to design efforts that capitalize upon their own talents, interests, and scientific expertise. By adding an Education or Outreach component to their research investigation, they could engage the public in the excitement of NASA's scientific exploration of our home planet, the solar system, and the rest of the universe through stimulating and informative activities that reach a broad and varied audience.
 
The proposed budget for the SMD Education and Public Outreach program is fully subscribed with selected activities; additional EPO supplement selections cannot be accommodated within the proposed budget. This amendment cancels the second (i.e., March 2012) due date for proposals to Appendixes E.5 and E.6.
 
No proposals will be accepted for the March 2012 due dates.
 
On or about February 15, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011" (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH11ZDA001N").
 
Further information about this program element is available from Stephanie Stockman, SMD EPO Lead, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: stephanie.a.stockman@nasa.gov; Telephone: 202-358-0040.

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Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012  
posted Feb 8, 2012
NNH12ZDA001N
Release Date:  February 14, 2012
Notice of Intent to propose Due:  March 16, 2012, through January 25, 2013
Proposals Due: May 4, 2012, through March 22, 2013
 
NNH12ZDA001N, entitled "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - 2012 (ROSES-2012)," will be available on or about February 14, 2012, by opening the NASA Research Opportunities home page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (choose "Solicitations" followed by "Open Solicitations"). This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits proposals for supporting basic and applied research and technology across a broad range of Earth and space science program elements relevant to one or more of the following NASA Research Programs:  Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics.
 
This ROSES NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to:  theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, stratospheric balloon, suborbital rocket, and commercial reusable rocket investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.
 
Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this ROSES NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intra-agency transfers depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is four years, although a few programs may specify shorter or longer (maximum of five years) periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on the number or teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds.
 
Proposal due dates are scheduled starting on May 4, 2012, and continue through March 22, 2013. Electronically submitted Notices of Intent to propose are requested for most program elements, with the first such due date being March 16, 2012. Electronic submission of proposals is required by the respective due dates for each program element and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or via Grants.gov. Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this ROSES NRA must be registered with NSPIRES; organizations that intend to submit proposals via Grants.gov must be registered with Grants.gov, in addition to being registered with NSPIRES. Such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. All principal investigators and other participants (e.g., co-investigators) must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of submission system. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) of interest to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information.
 
Details of the solicited programs are given in the Appendices of this ROSES NRA. Proposal due dates are given in Tables 2 and 3 of this ROSES NRA. Interested proposers should monitor http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ or subscribe to the electronic notification system there for additional new programs or amendments to this ROSES NRA through February 2013, at which time release of a subsequent ROSES NRA is planned. A web archive (and RSS feed) for amendments, clarifications, and corrections to this ROSES NRA will be available at:  http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012/
 
Further information about specific program elements may be obtained from the individual Program Officers listed in the Summary of Key Information for each program element in the Appendices of this ROSES NRA, while questions concerning general ROSES NRA policies and procedures may be directed to Dr. Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; E-mail: sara@nasa.gov; Telephone: 202-358-0879.

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2nd Call for Abstracts: ForestSAT 2012     posted Feb 8, 2012
A conference promoting science-based applications of remote sensing and other spatial data in forested systems. Come join us 11-14 September 2012 in Corvallis, Oregon, USA for this important conference (www.forestsat2012.com). The purpose of ForestSAT 2012 is to promote scientifically-based understanding of how spatial analysis technologies can help describe and monitor forested systems. Recognized is an inherent need to integrate data from an array of remote sensing systems, and other spatial information, using a variety of approaches. Numerous uses of spatial data are relevant, from addressing the needs of local forest managers, to informing forest ecosystem models, to establishing monitoring systems in support of international agreements. Delegates to ForestSAT typically represent research organizations, universities, agencies, and the private sector. The second call for abstracts can be on the website. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April 2012.

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ROSES-11 Amendment 39: New proposal opportunity: Appendix A.45, Carbon Monitoring System   posted Feb 7, 2012
Amendment 39 presents Appendix A.45, a new solicitation in ROSES-11 entitled Carbon Monitoring System (CMS): Continuing Prototype Product Development, Research, and Scoping.
 
This announcement offers opportunities for investigators to participate in continuing development towards a Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). Under its CMS initiative as directed by Congress in 2010, NASA initiated pre-Phase A and pilot studies and a scoping effort for a carbon monitoring system (http://carbon.nasa.gov/). This initial phase of CMS development activities is being carried out in 2010-2012 through directed research conducted at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), guided by a competed Science Definition Team (SDT).  The work conducted in this prototyping effort to date leverages the much larger investment currently made by NASA in satellite observations of carbon-related properties of the Earth, as well as in carbon cycle science and carbon management research. It also takes into account the efforts of other Federal agencies, especially as coordinated through the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
 
This solicitation requests proposals for additional CMS work to be conducted primarily by external organizations.  This new work is intended to build upon the lessons learned in the pilot studies and scoping efforts and to further integrate NASA products and capabilities with those of other U.S. agencies and international entities.  NASA seeks scientific and technical experts to shape and contribute to the next phase of development of a CMS – proposals offering both the development of specific next steps and the execution of the necessary tasks.  Successful Principal Investigators (PI) will become members of the NASA CMS Science Team (ST).
 
Congress has directed that no less than one-half of the total funding shall be awarded externally. To achieve a balance between internal and external institutions and to facilitate transparency, each and every project selected under A.45 must have more than 50% of the funding awarded (or subawarded) to one or more external organizations. See Sections 3.2.1 and 4 of Appendix A.45 for details.
 
Notices of Intent are not requested. Proposals are due April 20, 2012.
 
On or about February 6, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011" (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH11ZDA001N"). 
 
Further information about this program element is available from Diane Wickland, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: Diane.E.Wickland@nasa.gov; Telephone: 202-358-0245.

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ROSES-11 Amendment 38: Final text of Appendix A.6, the Biological Diversity Program, and notice of joint solicitation with NSF   posted Feb 1, 2012
There is widespread concern about biological diversity declines across all organizational levels, particularly given that human actions may be driving a mass extinction event comparable to those seen in the geological record. As a result, the research community is seeking tools to understand the condition of biological diversity and how it is changing over time. To address biological diversity loss as a global issue requires us to integrate research efforts across multiple spatial and temporal scales and observe biological diversity at all of its levels of organization.

To catalyze progress in our understanding of biological diversity patterns, processes, and change, the NASA biological diversity Program is soliciting proposals in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of biological diversity Program for FY 2012. Through Dimensions of biological diversity, NSF seeks to transform how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

While NSF typically supports research at fine to coarser spatial scales, NASA, with its use of satellite imagery, generally supports research at coarse to finer scales. There is consequently strong complementarity in the research funded by the two agencies. This NASA-NSF partnership promotes the use of satellite remote sensing within the broad context of efforts at NSF to understand biological diversity and how it is changing across multiple dimensions and spatial scales.

This amendment presents the final text for the biological diversity Program, announces a joint solicitation with NSF, and indicates that proposals should be submitted to the NSF not NASA. Proposals are due April 10, 2012.

On or about January 23, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011" (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH11ZDA001N”). You can now track amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2011

Questions concerning biological diversity may be addressed to Woody Turner, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001;
Telephone: (202) 358-1662; Email: Woody.Turner@nasa.gov

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ROSES-11 Amendment 36: Final text and due dates for A.26 HyspIRI Preparatory Airborne Activities and Associated Science and Applications Research  posted Jan 3, 2012
This amendment provides the final text and proposal due date for A.26 HyspIRI Preparatory Airborne Activities and Associated Science and Applications Research.

NASA is developing concepts for a Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI) mission. To support the development of the HyspIRI mission and prepare the community for HyspIRI-enabled science and applications research, NASA plans to fly the Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) and the MODIS/ASTER Airborne Simulator (MASTER) instruments on the NASA ER-2 high-altitude aircraft, or comparable platform, to collect data sets in concert with other instruments for precursor science and applications research. This call is for proposals to use the HyspIRI-like airborne measurements resulting from the planned campaigns in FY2013 and FY2014 to address one or more science or applications research topics aligned with the science questions for the HyspIRI Mission, which are provided on the HyspIRI Mission Study web site at http://hyspiri.jpl.nasa.gov/science. A goal of this solicitation is to generate important science and applications research results that are uniquely enabled by HyspIRI-like data, taking advantage of the contiguous spectroscopic measurements of the AVIRIS, the full suite of MASTER TIR bands, or combinations of measurements from both instruments. Therefore, proposers are encouraged to submit proposals that utilize AVIRIS measurements, MASTER measurements, or both to address one or more of the HyspIRI science questions.

Notices of Intent to propose are due February 22, 2012, and proposals are due no later than March 21, 2012.

On or about December 23, 2011, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011" (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH11ZDA001N").  You can now track amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES-11 and subscribe to an RSS feed at: http://nasscience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2011

The NASA HQ point of contact concerning this program element is Woody Turner, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-1662; Email: Woody.Turner@nasa.gov.