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The NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program uses surface, airborne, and space-based observations to understand how Earth’s carbon cycle and terrestrial ecosystems respond to environmental change and human interventions. This opportunity 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.

The proposed scoping studies should build on the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program’s history of conducting intensive, multidisciplinary, large-scale field campaigns. This solicitation is open to scientists with or without past experience in the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program. Indeed, a productive mix of early career, mid-career, and senior scientists has been, and will continue to be, an important characteristic of NASA Terrestrial Ecology field campaigns. Proposals can identify new ecosystems, biomes or regions that merit intensive investigation or expand on and/or revisit previous efforts. This solicitation also welcomes proposals that leverage alternative models for conducting field campaigns such as studying long gradients that integrate multiple ecosystems, or a network of smaller campaigns that are distributed or targeted to answering overarching high impact science questions.

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: NOIs are requested by October 25, 2022; Proposals are due January 11, 2023.