NASA ROSES-15 Amendment 33: Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry

Status Report From: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2015

Priorities for new research within NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program continue to derive from the goals and objectives for Earth Science in NASA’s Strategic Plan (, the research agenda of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) (, the science priorities of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program (, and the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan of the National Ocean Council (NOC). This solicitation calls for research on specific topics of current, strong scientific interest and programmatic relevance. The NASA Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program requests the following types of research investigations:

· Research in ocean ecology, specifically to prepare scientifically for new ocean measurements from the Pre-Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission recommended by "Responding to the Challenge of Climate and Environmental Change: NASA’s Plan for a Climate-Centric Architecture for Earth Observations and Applications from Space Science"( or to advance ocean ecology research based on data from historical, existing, and new sensors such as OCO-2;

· Global data set development and modeling activities to enable a predictive understanding of the export and fate of global ocean primary production and its implications for the Earth’s carbon cycle, specifically in support of a planned field campaign in the Northeast Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans,

· Studies to support the trilateral Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation of May 2013, among the European Union (EU), Canada, and the United States (US) (available at; and

· Successor studies that offer to significantly advance the results of prior NASA Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry research toward meaningful answers to important NASA goals, relevant USGCRP, and NOC carbon cycle and ecosystems research questions, and current and future NASA missions.

Notices of intent are requested by January 7, 2016 and proposals are due by March 3, 2016.

On or about December 3, 2015, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2015" (NNH15ZDA001N) 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: Paula Bontempi

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