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June 14, 1999 

THE POLICY OUTLINED IN THIS DOCUMENT is applicable to US-funded researchers. Any South American teams that wish to affiliate with LBA should contact the Science Steering Committee for advice.

1. Science Content - Participation on the LBA-Ecology Science Team is open to scientists whose research falls under the LBA-Ecology Goal and the plans and scientific questions outlined in the Experiment Plan for LBA-Ecology.

2. Collaboration with Host Country Scientists - Each LBA-Ecology investigation is required to include an effective collaboration with one or more scientists from the South American host country for the study. Involvement of Amazonian scientists is encouraged whenever possible.

3. Participation in Science Team Activities - LBA-Ecology is a team project. The purpose of uniting a team is to encourage mutual support and collaboration. The products of the team should be more valuable than the products of a similar number of individual investigations. In order to coordinate team activities, all investigators should participate in science team meetings and where appropriate small workshops. Investigators should work with the LBA-Ecology Project office as well as the overall LBA Central Office to coordinate their activities.

For practical purposes and based on the history of NASA funding, the LBA-Ecology team is divided into a number of sub-projects. For those projects with NASA funding, NASA requests that at least one representative investigator from S. America and one from the US attend each full science team meeting (normally 2 per year). Support for this participation is budgeted by the investigators from grant funds. Research teams not funded by NASA also are expected to send representatives to these coordination meetings. Participation in LBA Science Meetings is also expected.

4. Participation in Education and Training - All LBA-Ecology teams are required to participate in LBA-related training and education activities. There is no single formal requirement, however most teams will be involved in presenting seminars or short courses and training graduate students and technicians. The primary focus of training and education activities are project participants from South America, particularly those from the Amazon region.

5. Adherence to the LBA Data and Publication Policies - The LBA Science Steering Committee has recommended data and publication policies. The LBA-Ecology Science Team endorsed these policies. All LBA-Ecology participants should adhere to these policies. NASA funded investigators must also follow NASA data policies.


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