NASA IDS Program

Interdisciplinary research investigations within NASA’s ROSES 2012 Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science (IDS) program will meet the following criteria:

  • Offer a fundamental advance to our understanding of the Earth system
  • Be based on remote sensing data, especially satellite observations, but including suborbital sensors as appropriate
  • Go beyond correlation of data sets and seek to understand the underlying causality of change through determination of the specific physical, chemical, and/or biological processes involved
  • Be truly interdisciplinary in scope by involving traditionally disparate disciplines of the Earth sciences
  • Address at least one of the five specific themes listed in the solicitation:
  1. Understanding Earth System Vulnerabilities to Climate Extremes
  2. Impacts of Changing Polar Ice Cover
  3. Water and Energy Cycle Impacts of Biomass Burning
  4. Impacts of Population growth on watersheds and coastal ecology
  5. Role of Permafrost in a Changing Climate

The results of these investigations will improve our capability for both prognostic predictions and retrospective simulations of the Earth system. They will also advance our understanding of the vulnerabilities in human and biogeophysical systems, and their relationships to climate extremes, thresholds, and tipping points. Meeting these goals requires approaches that integrate the traditional disciplines of the Earth sciences, as well as innovative and complementary use of models and data.