SEES FY 2010 Activities
In addition to SEES-related science, engineering,
and education projects being funded through NSF’s standing
programs, new SEES activities in FY 2010 focused on climate change
and adaptation to its impacts. New solicitations were released that
addressed many aspects of climate research, including ocean acidification,
water sustainability and climate, dimensions of biodiversity, earth
systems modeling, and climate change education. These five solicitations
resulted in 70 awards totaling $66 million. Combined with support
for SEES-related research funded through the core programs, the
NSF invested more than $600 million in SEES-related activities in
FY10. Updated versions of these, and new solicitations, are anticipated
in the coming fiscal years.
Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) (NSF 10-524)
The goal of the Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) solicitation is to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use, the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models.
In recognition of the need for basic research concerning the nature, extent and impact of ocean acidification on oceanic environments in the past, present and future, the goal of this solicitation is to understand a) the chemistry and physical chemistry of ocean acidification; b) how ocean acidification interacts with processes at the organism level; and c) how the earth system history informs our understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on the present day and future ocean.
CCE seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. This solicitation is for proposals for development of Phase I Partnerships (CCEP-I). CCEP-I grantees will receive up to 2 years of funding to support synthesis, network-building, and strategic planning activities leading toward potential Phase II Partnerships (CCEP-II).
News Release: Climate Change Education Partnership Awards (NSF 10-165)
Dimensions of Biodiversity (NSF 10-548)
The Dimensions of Biodiversity initiative seeks to characterize biodiversity on Earth by using integrative, innovative approaches to fill rapidly the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. This campaign will take a broad view of biodiversity, and in its initial phase will focus on the integration of genetic, taxonomic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity.
News Release: NSF Awards Grants to Study Dimensions of Earth’s Biodiversity (NSF 10-179)
Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction Using Earth System Models (EaSM) (NSF 10-554)
This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium--climate change--how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. This interdisciplinary grand challenge calls for the development of next-generation Earth System Models that include coupled and interactive representations of ecosystems, agricultural working lands and forests, urban environments, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, ocean and atmospheric currents, the water cycle, land ice, and human activities.