Notices of intent due January 20, 2015, proposals due March 20, 2015 as part of the ROSES-14 Amendendment 43: Task A4 Terrestrial Ecology Program. The focus of this solicitation is the initial research to begin the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign – a large-scale study of ecosystem responses to environmental change in western North America’s Arctic and boreal region and the implications for social-ecological systems. Alaska LCCs are specifically mentioned as potential collaborators in the solicitation. The Overarching Science Question for ABoVE is:
Research for ABoVE will link field-based, process-level studies with geospatial data products derived from airborne and satellite sensors, building a foundation for improving the analysis and modeling capabilities needed to understand and predict ecosystem responses and societal implications. This solicitation primarily invites proposals for research investigations to begin the field program and to develop the ABoVE Implementation Plan, which will detail the specific activities to be carried out (what, when, where, how, for how long, etc.) based upon the investigator studies that are selected for participation by NASA and its partner organizations in ABoVE.
The scientific rationales and societal importance for ABoVE, as well as specific science questions to be addressed and the study’s top-level requirements are documented in the ABoVE Concise Experiment Plan. Many aspects of NASA’s organizational structure, management support, interagency/international partnerships, geographical focus, and collaboration/investigation policies have been established; relevant detailed information for proposers is provided in Section 2 of this solicitation and on this landing page at the ABoVE Web Site.