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
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