This announcement offers opportunities for investigators to participate in a newly defined pre-Phase A and pilot initiative for the development of a Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). Under this initiative, NASA will be developing two pilot products and conducting one scoping study. NASA seeks proposals from scientific and technical experts to guide the development and evaluation of the two pilot products as members of a Science Definition Team.
The Fiscal Year 2010 Congressional Appropriation directed NASA to initiate work towards a Carbon Monitoring System, and provided specific funding and guidance. The Carbon Monitoring System Science Definition Team (SDT) will engage the broad research community in the development and evaluation of the pilot products as they are prepared at NASA Centers over an 18-month period. The SDT will provide insights as to how to choose among multiple approaches and/or approximations that will be required in the process of developing the products. SDT members will provide important perspectives on algorithm implementation and how to quantitatively evaluate the products to be developed. The SDT will assist in making connections to ongoing and newly developing activities with similar and/or complementary objectives being undertaken by other entities, especially other U.S. Federal agencies.
No Notices of Intent to propose are requested. Proposals to A.39, CMS SDT, are due December 17, 2010. Table 2 and Table 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA have been updated to reflect this change.
Questions concerning the CMS Science Team may be addressed to: Biomass/Carbon Pilot: Diane E. Wickland, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0245. CO2 Flux Pilot: Kenneth W. Jucks, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0476.