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NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology Program has a long and rich history of successfully mounting intensive field campaigns (see Section 3). These field campaigns have been aimed at exploiting the synergistic benefits of multidisciplinary science focused on a specific science question or set of science questions. These science questions are addressed using satellite and airborne remote sensing observations in combination with surface and near-surface measurements of smaller scale features and processes. Such field experiments use an integrative modeling framework to synthesize and scale the results across space and time. NASA Terrestrial Ecology field campaigns focus the community’s attention on (a) answering big science questions targeted on important regions or biomes; (b) enabling more effective interpretation and analysis of space- based measurements; (c) fostering collaborative interactions and building new relationships within the scientific community; (d) providing valuable opportunities for training and educating the next generation of scientists; and (e) leaving a legacy data set of great value for future research.

This solicitation requests scoping studies that will (1) identify the scientific questions, (2) develop an initial study design; (3) and propose an implementation concept for a new NASA Terrestrial Ecology field campaign that could be implemented on a six- to nine- year time frame. This solicitation offers resources to facilitate such planning and provides an opportunity to design a major, yet logistically feasible, initiative that advances the Terrestrial Ecology Program’s research goals and makes use of NASA’s unique capabilities to mount well-coordinated projects that use satellite and airborne remote sensing as a central element. Examples of the objectives and scope of previous campaigns are provided in Section 3. An important element of any field campaign must be the synthesis of the observations into a diagnostic and predictive capability that helps us to better understand the role of terrestrial ecosystems in climate change.

We seek proposals to conduct scoping studies over a period of 12 months. The main deliverable will be a scoping report that lays out the scientific issues at stake, the logistical framework, and one or more paths forward toward implementation.

Funding available for this entire program element is approximately $400K to $500K/year over a maximum 12-month period. NASA expects to support up to two scoping studies($200K to $250K/each).

Application Deadline: September 16, 2022 (NOI or Step 1); November 18, 2022 (Full Proposal)

Announcement: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId={EB63A640-7CE0-70F6-BE80-C12541C56B5F}&path=&method=init