Jan 8, 2016

Amendment 40: A new opportunity in Program Element A.48 Understanding Changes in High Mountain Asia.

High Mountain Asia (HMA), extending from the Hindu Kush and Tien Shan in the west to the Eastern Himalaya, is the world’s largest reservoir of perennial glaciers and snow outside of the Earth’s polar ice sheets. The region is home to a range of unique landforms, ecosystems, hazards, and cultures; and HMA supplies water to more than a billion people. Changes in the region’s glaciers, snow, permafrost, and precipitation patterns have altered this water supply, while also transforming regional ecology, land utilization practices, and the hazards associated with landslides and glacial-lake-outburst floods.
Satellite remote sensing observations offer the possibility to characterize these changes, gain insight into the Earth system processes that control them and inform decisions, management actions, and policy development.
This solicitation funds investigations into HMA’s glaciers, snow, permafrost, and precipitation to improve our understanding of regional changes, water resources, and induced impacts, while furthering NASA’s strategic goals in Earth system science and societal applications. Through expanded knowledge of the processes controlling change in HMA, the program intends to improve regional forecasts and address vulnerabilities in human and biogeophysical systems. Key investigators associated with each project selected under this solicitation will receive support to participate as members of NASA’s High Mountain Asia Team (HiMAT).
Notices of Intent are requested by March 7, 2016, and proposals are due April 15, 2016.
Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Thomas Wagner at