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ESAS 2017 Request for Information (RFI #1 and #2)

 

NOTE: The decadal survey committee has solicited input on science objectives and measurements through two separate requests for information (RFIs), the second of which closed in July of 2016. This process has been completed, but the survey committee is accepting additional input that is not focused on specific science or measurement suggestions.

Any additional information related to the implementation or successful achievement of Earth science objectives is welcome and will be distributed to the committee and made public as appropriate. Contact us via email at: esas2017@nas.edu


 

In late September 2015, the Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space requested community input (RFI #1) to help understand the role of space-based observations in addressing the key challenges and questions for Earth System Science in the coming decade. The responses to this RFI are available at the survey website. The responses guided the since-appointed steering committee’s initial discussions on survey organization; in particular, regarding the structure of its supporting study panels. The responses will also continue to inform the work of the committee and will be made available to the soon to be formed study panels.

 

By design, the initial RFI did not ask the community for ideas on how to address an identified challenge/question in Earth System Science. Building on RFI #1, the committee now requests ideas for specific science and applications targets (i.e., objectives) that promise to substantially advance understanding in one or more of the Earth System Science themes associated with the survey’s study panels:

I. Global Hydrological Cycles and Water Resources
The movement, distribution, and availability of water and how these are changing over time


II. Weather and Air Quality: Minutes to Subseasonal

Atmospheric Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Chemistry, and their interactions at land and ocean interfaces


III. Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Natural Resource Management
Biogeochemical Cycles, Ecosystem Functioning, Biodiversity, and factors that influence health and ecosystem services


IV. Climate Variability and Change: Seasonal to Centennial
Forcings and Feedbacks of the Ocean, Atmosphere, Land, and Cryosphere within the Coupled Climate System


V. Earth Surface and Interior: Dynamics and Hazards
Core, mantle, lithosphere, and surface processes, system interactions, and the hazards they generate

 

View the Survey Statement of Task

 


 

2nd White Paper Request (RFI # 2)

Submissions for the 2nd Community White Papers were accepted in the Winter of 2016 through June 30, 2016. The 2nd White Paper Submission Form is now closed. All responses have been made available to the survey steering committee. The submitted white papers are posted and available for public viewing below.
 

View the Submitted White Papers (RFI#2)


View this linked pdf with the full text description and instructions for the RFI#2.

The recent Academies’ report, Continuity of NASA Earth Observations from Space, provides a useful framework for discussing Earth System Science measurements. To learn more about the report and how to incorporate its findings in RFI #2 white papers, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

 


 

Initial White Paper Request (RFI # 1)

Submissions for the initial Community White Papers were accepted in the fall of 2015 through January 4, 2016. The initial White Paper Submission Form is now closed. All responses have been made available to the survey steering committee. The submitted white papers are posted and available for public viewing below.


View the Submitted White Papers
 (RFI #1)

 

Questions about the RFI may be directed to the:
Study Director, Art Charo by email at
acharo@nas.edu  [phone (202) 334-3477  fax (202) 334-3701]
and Steering Committee Co Chair, Waleed Abdalati (
waleed.abdalati@colorado.edu). 
General Questions may be sent to staff at
esas2017@nas.edu