NASA Announcement NRA-03-OES-03: Interdisciplinary Science in the NASA Earth Science Enterprise

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) provides an opportunity for members of the scientific community to propose interdisciplinary research in response to seven questions taken from the NASA Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) Research Strategy. These questions are below.

How are global ecosystems changing? ·What trends in atmospheric constituents and solar radiation are driving global climate? How is global sea level affected by climate change? How are variations in local weather, precipitation and water resources related to global climate variation? What are the consequences of climate and sea level changes and increased human activities on coastal regions? How well can long-term climate trends be assessed or predicted? How well can cycling of carbon through the Earth system be modeled, and how reliable are predictions of future atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane by these models?

Investigations selected under this NRA will constitute the next phase of the ESE Earth Observing System Interdisciplinary Science Program (EOS/IDS). EOS/IDS investigations should integrate research from more than one of the Earth science disciplines traditionally supported by ESE. NASA encourages investigations using data and models from multiple satellites and sensors. Results of selected research should provide inputs to or promote the development of models that advance our understanding of important aspects of the Earth system.

Participation in this NRA is open to all categories of institutions, including educational, industrial, non-profit organizations, NASA centers and other US agencies. Participation by non-U.S. institutions must meet specific guidelines contained in the NRA and include a no-exchange-of-funds provision.

The complete NRA will be available electronically on the release date, via the Internet at the Research Opportunities Web Page at http://research.hq.nasa.gov under "Office of Earth Science (Code Y)". A paper copy will be available to those who do not have access to Internet by calling (202) 358-3552 and leaving a voice mail

This announcement will be open from February 14, 2003 through May 1, 2003, and proposals may be submitted at any time throughout this period. Notice of Intent is due March 14, 2003.

Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Woody Turner
Title: Program Scientist
Phone: (202) 358-1662
Fax: (202) 358-2770
Email: wturner@hq.nasa.gov