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Earth as seen from the International Space Station (ISS)

Earth Sciences Division


NASA’s Earth Science Research Program supports research activities that address the Earth system to characterize its properties on a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, to understand the naturally occurring and human-induced processes that drive them, and to improve our capability for predicting its future evolution. The focus of the Earth Science Research Program is the use of space-based measurements to provide information not available by other means. NASA’s program is an end-to-end one that starts with the development of observational techniques and the instrument technology needed to implement them; tests them in the laboratory and from an appropriate set of in situ, surface-, ship-, balloon-, aircraft-, and/or space-based platforms; uses the results to increase basic process knowledge; incorporates results into complex computational models that can be used to more fully characterize the present state and future evolution of the Earth system; and develops partnerships with other national and international organizations that can use the generated information in environmental forecasting and in policy, business, and management decisions.

Data Management Plans

Most Earth Science proposals to ROSES-2016 will require a data management plan (DMP) or an explanation of why one is not necessary given the nature of the work proposed. Proposers will satisfy this requirement by responding to the compulsory NSPIRES cover page question about the DMP, unless otherwise specified in a specific program element. The kinds of proposals that require a data management plan are described in the NASA Plan for increasing access to results of Federally funded research launch and in the SARA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for ROSES launch . Proposals to instrument development programs (Advanced Information Systems Technology, The Instrument Incubator Program, Advanced Component Technology, and In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies) do not require a DMP. Moreover, select calls, such as Making Earth System data records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) and Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science (ACCESS) include data requirements in the text that make redundant the cover page DMP.