Arctic / Antarctic

Call for Members of the Science Definition Team for the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Field Campaign

By Keith Cowing
November 17, 2012

Letter of Application Deadline: December 14, 2012

NASA is soliciting applications and nominations for members of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign Science Definition Team (SDT). Response will take the form of a Letter of Application submitted to the Terrestrial Ecology Program Manager at NASA Headquarters.

Response to this Call is in the form of a Letter of Application. In the letter, the applicant should provide evidence of expertise and knowledge in areas highly relevant to the ABoVE primary scientific goals and related research activities. All applicants must explain the knowledge and skills they have to offer and why they are important for SDT activities. Letters of application should provide a brief statement regarding which aspects of the ABoVE study the applicant would be able to help develop, as well as their overall vision regarding the scientific direction and scope of the field campaign. Applicants may express an interest in serving as SDT Chair (or co-Chair), but NASA will not limit selection of the SDT Chair to those applicants who express interest.

The Letter may contain a brief list of references to scientific or technical papers the applicant has published and/or positions held and work conductedthat establish her/him as a leader in their area(s) of expertise. The Letter should also contain a statement of how much time the applicant will commit over the next twelve to fifteen months for activities related to the ABoVE SDT, particularly if there are any major constraints that may restrict full engagement in the significant amount of work that will be required to define the scientific approach and study design for the ABoVE field campaign.

Letter applications are invited from individuals, not groups. Collaborations and teams are not solicited. Each Letter is to be limited to three pages, with 11-point (or larger) font and one-inch margins. The subject line of a responsive application must read “NASA ABoVE SDT Application.” Letter applications submitted by E-mail are preferred, but may also be submitted by regular mail or fax. Responses to this invitation must be received no later than 4:30 PM EST on December 14, 2012.

NASA expects to select approximately 8-20 individuals for membership on theABoVE SDT and plans to announce its selection in January 2013. NASA will select the ABoVE SDT members and the SDT Chair from the pool of respondents after reviewing the letters received in response to this call.

Application letters should be submitted to:

Dr. Diane E. Wickland Terrestrial Ecology Program Earth Science Division – Science Mission Directorate Mail Suite 3B74 NASA Headquarters 300 E Street, SW Washington, DC 20546 Tel: 202-358-0245 E-mail: Fax: 202-358-3172

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