ROSES-16 Amendment 2: TE ABoVE Program Element Released

ROSES-16 Amendment 2: Text released for A.4 Terrestrial Ecology: An Airborne Campaign For The Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)

Climate change in the high latitudes of the Arctic-Boreal Zone (ABZ) is occurring faster than anywhere else on Earth and is resulting in widespread transformations in landscape structure and ecosystem function. The NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program has led the development of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) as a contribution to understanding this region ( The ABoVE Study Area encompasses much of the boreal and tundra area of Alaska and western Canada. The overarching science question for ABoVE is:

How vulnerable or resilient are ecosystems and society to environmental change in the arctic and boreal region of western North America?

All ABoVE research projects must address at least one of the Tier 2 Science Questions initially defined in the ABoVE Concise Experiment Plan (ACEP:

  1. How are environmental changes affecting critical ecosystem services and how are human societies responding?
  2. What processes are contributing to changes in disturbance regimes and what are the impacts of these changes?
  3. What processes are controlling changes in the distribution and properties of permafrost and what are the impacts of these changes?
  4. What are the causes and consequences of changes in the hydrologic system, particularly the amount, temporal distribution, and discharge of surface and subsurface water?
  5. How are flora and/or fauna responding to changes in biotic and abiotic conditions, and what are the impacts on ecosystem structure and function?
  6. How are the magnitudes, fates, and land-atmosphere exchanges of carbon pools responding to environmental change, and what are the biogeochemical mechanisms driving these changes?

On release of ROSES-2016 in February, Program Element A.4 was listed as “TBD,” but with this amendment NASA makes available the text for Program Element A.4 Terrestrial Ecology: An Airborne Campaign For The Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment. NOIs are requested by May 16, 2016, and proposals are due August 1, 2016.

On or about March 23, 2016, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2016” (NNH16ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at and will appear on the RSS feed at:

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Hank Margolis at [email protected]