This amendment announces the final text and proposal due dates for the program element in Appendix A.2 entitled "Terrestrial Ecology." The goals of NASA's Terrestrial Ecology research are to improve understanding of the structure and function of global terrestrial ecosystems, their interactions with the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and their role in the cycling of the major biogeochemical elements and water. The NASA Terrestrial Ecology program solicits the following types of research investigations: (1) Focused studies to prepare for ecological applications of data from Decadal Survey missions, including the development of algorithms that combine radar and lidar data to estimate aboveground biomass and carbon stocks and are directly relevant to the Deformation, Ecosystem Structure, and Dynamics of Ice (DESDynI) mission; (2) Scoping studies to identify the scientific questions and develop the initial study design and implementation concept for a new NASA Terrestrial Ecology field campaign or related team project; (3) Research on terrestrial ecosystem functioning and carbon cycle dynamics in Northern Hemisphere high latitudes that focuses on whole-system response and feedback to global change and that contributes to Climate Change Science Program priorities for enhanced research on high latitude systems; and (4) Synthesis research to add to the scientific knowledge gained from past NASA Terrestrial Ecology field campaigns, develop integrated data sets and data products to enable synthesis studies, or conduct integrated impact analyses of ecosystem and biogeochemical responses to global change.
Notices of Intent (NOIs) to propose are due August 13, 2008. Proposals are due October 2, 2008.
On or about June 30, 2008, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2008" (NNH08ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at
Further information about the Terrestrial Ecology program is available from Dr. Diane E. Wickland, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546