EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY (ESH)
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AREAS OF SPECIAL EMPHASIS |
AWARD INFORMATION |
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EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY (ESH)
DIRECTORATE FOR GEOSCIENCES
Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Division of Earth Sciences
Division of Ocean Sciences
OFFICE OF POLAR PROGRAMS
OFFICE OF GLOBAL PROGRAMS
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL RECEIPT: FEBRUARY 14, 2000
FEBRUARY 14, 2001
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SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Program Name: Earth System History (ESH)
Short Description/Synopsis of Program: The goal of ESH is to
encourage research to understand the natural variability of the Earth system
through records preserved in geo-biologic archives and to contribute to a
comprehensive understanding of climate change with annual to millennial
resolution, including the forcing mechanisms, interactions and feedbacks
among its components.
Cognizant Program Officer: Dr. Steven Colman, Program Officer, Room
775, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, National Science Foundation, 4201
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22230, telephone 703.306.1527, e-mail:
Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.:
47.078 Office of Polar Programs
11.431 NOAA Global Change
PI eligibility limitations: See NSF Grant
Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 00-2 (or later) for general eligibility
Type of award anticipated: Standard or
Number of annual awards anticipated:
30-50 new awards, with award size ranging from $20,000 - $1,000,000 per year.
Typical award durations are expected to be two-three years, but may be up to
five years for large, multi-investigator projects.
Amount of funds available: Approximately $3 - $4 million is expected to be
available each year for new awards.
of awards: July of 2000 and 2001
PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Proposal Preparation Instructions
Intent requirements: None
Proposal preparation instructions: Standard NSF
GPG (NSF 00-2, or later) instructions
proposal preparation instructions: The proposal should include a description
of the anticipated data and information products, quality control and
documentation in proposal Section I. All proposals should include a
statement in "Results from Prior Research" indicating the disposition of data
products generated by the most recently completed Federally-funded research
project. If the PI has received an award from the NOAA Paleoclimatology
Program within the last five years, a report on that award should be included
in addition to the Results from Prior NSF Research. The NSF-UNOLS
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(available on Web page: http://www.geo.nsf.gov/oce/sreqform.html.
This form should be appended as a PDF file as part of Section H, Facilities,
Equipment and Other Resources.
Each proposal must include a section explicitly describing how the proposed
work will contribute to one or more of the nine areas of special emphasis.
Proposals without such a statement may be returned without review.
Deviations from standard (GPG) proposal preparation instructions: None other than
Cost-sharing/matching requirements: Not required and will not be a
factor in the review process.
Indirect cost (F&A)limitations: None
Other budgetary limitations: None
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PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
Merit Review Criteria: Standard National Science
Board-approved criteria. See Merit Review Criteria, p. 9
Priority will be given to proposals that reviewers indicate have the
most relevance to one or more of the nine areas described under "Areas
of Special Emphasis".
AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
Grant Award Conditions: GC-1 or FDP III
Special grant conditions anticipated: Field logistics and support may
require special handling.
Special reporting requirements anticipated: None
Earth System History
Related to the NSF Global Change Research Program
FY 2000 and 2001
Earth System History (ESH) is a research initiative of the U.S. Global Change
Research Program (USGCRP). It includes coordinated paleoscience programs
supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Atmospheric
Sciences (ATM), Earth Sciences (EAR) and Ocean Sciences (OCE) and the Office
of Polar Programs (OPP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) Office of Global Programs.
As the paleoscience component of the USGCRP, the emphasis of ESH is upon the
Earth's paleoenvironmental system. In this context, the term "Earth system"
refers to critical elements of the coupled
atmosphere-biosphere-cryosphere-hydrosphere and terrestrial system. ESH
proposals need not focus purely upon climate per se, but it should be clear
how the project will contribute to understanding climate related processes
and Earth system response.
The goal of ESH research is to understand the natural variability of the
Earth system through records preserved in geo-biologic archives and to
contribute to a comprehensive understanding of climate change with annual to
millennial resolution, including the forcing mechanisms, interactions and
feedbacks among its components.
The importance of the ESH Program as an element of the USGCRP stems from its
unique capabilities to: (1) document the past temporal and spatial
variability of the Earth system on timescales longer than the instrumental
record; (2) assess the rates of change associated with this variability; (3)
determine the sensitivity of the earth system to variations in key forcing
factors, such as greenhouse gases, volcanism, orbital forcing, and solar
irradiance; (4) examine the response of the Earth system to a variety of
climatic perturbations, (5) evaluate the simulations of numerical models
under conditions very different from those of the present day. These
attributes represent the criteria by which ESH investigations can be viewed
as contributions to the USGCRP.
ESH represents a U.S. contribution to Past Global Changes (PAGES), a core
project of the International Geosphere - Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and to
Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR), a core project of the World
Climate Research Program (WCRP). ESH proposals are encouraged to address,
but are not limited to, PAGES and PAGES-CLIVAR objectives. ESH is
coordinated with paleoscience efforts in the National Science Foundation,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, and
other Federal agencies.
Assessment of future climate changes and their effects requires understanding
the full range of the Earth's variability and how the interlinked systems of
ice, ocean, atmosphere, continents and biosphere respond to changing climate
conditions. Integrated responses of the Earth system to climatic
perturbations are preserved in natural archives of many types including:
tree-rings, ice cores, corals, ancient soil deposits and marine, lake and
terrestrial sediments. These records provide the data needed to understand
the natural behavior of the Earth system and will provide the temporal
perspective for evaluating more recent human-induced impacts.
The paleoclimate and geologic record includes information on: (1) natural
temporal and spatial variability, (2) periods of extreme climate and episodes
of rapid climate and ecological change, (3) major changes in ocean and
atmospheric circulation and composition, and (4) regional effects of climate
fluctuations. These features present intellectual, observational, and
analytical challenges that must be met in order to understand changes in
climate that occur on societal time scales.
AREAS OF SPECIAL EMPHASIS
The ESH Program invites proposals addressing the following areas of special
emphasis. Depending on the scope of the project, proposals may be from
individual investigators or from teams of investigators to work on
crosscutting scientific issues involving multiproxy or interdisciplinary
efforts. Linkage with programs at the international level is encouraged, but
1. Paleoclimate Variability at Annual-Decadal Resolution: Proposals
should address the collection and analysis of high-resolution time series to
advance the study of patterns, processes, and causes of interannual to
century-scale climatic and environmental variability. Priorities within this
area of emphasis are to define the full range of natural environmental and
climatic variability, to understand how this variability is affected by
changes in external forcing, and to focus on societally-relevant climate
variability. Examples of paleoclimate variability research include
investigations of a) ENSO atmosphere-ocean interaction and extratropical
linkages, b) Tropical/North Atlantic variability, including interactions
between tropical processes and regional drought, the North Atlantic
Oscillation, and thermohaline circulation, c) Asian/African monsoon dynamics
and linkages with ENSO and extratropical variability, d) Shallow meridional
ocean circulation and other processes that link tropical and extratropical
climate variability, and e) North American drought and flood dynamics.
Proposals should fit one of the two PAGES/CLIVAR temporal streams. Stream I:
to reconstruct the detailed history of climatic and environmental change for
the entire globe for the period since 2000 B.P., with temporal resolution
that is at least subdecadal, and ideally annual or seasonal. Stream II: to
reconstruct histories of climatic and environmental change with annual to
decadal temporal resolution for intervals within the last two glacial cycles,
in order to improve our understanding of the natural processes that involve
global climatic changes.
2. Rapid Climate Change: Proposals should address the use of
paleoclimate records to document the frequency, temporal resolution, and
spatial extent of past rapid climate changes, particularly those that have
occurred during interglacial warm periods such as the Holocene. The use of
paleoclimate data in combination with modern climate dynamics, meteorology,
and climate modeling is highly encouraged. The priorities within this area of
emphasis are a) to understand the mechanisms and forcings associated with
rapid climate changes, as well as the feedbacks that reinforce or counteract
such changes; and b) to characterize and quantify the response of the various
components of the Earth system to rapid changes in climate. Proposals may
address rapid changes in the Earth's climate system that have occurred over
multiple time scales, ranging from smaller scale regional regime shifts to
large global-scale reorganizations of the climate system. Examples of more
recent (past 2,000 years) rapid changes include the mid-1970s ENSO regime
shift in the Pacific basin, changes in amount and spatial distribution of
rainfall associated with the African-Asian monsoon system, and hydrologic
regime shifts in North America. Examples of events occurring on longer time
scales include both glacial (e.g., Heinrich events, Dansgaard-Oeschger
cycles) and interglacial (e.g., 8 kyr cooling event during the Holocene)
periods. A higher priority will be placed on studies of rapid climate
changes that have occurred during interglacial periods. On the longest time
scales, rapid changes such as those of the middle Pliocene increase in
northern hemisphere glaciation, and the warming event across the
Paleocene/Eocene boundary would be appropriate.
3. Extreme Warm Conditions: Proposals should address such
issues as (a) improved characterization of intervals with climates warmer
than those of the present, (b) conceptual models to explain the origin and/or
termination of warm states, and (c) the feedbacks that maintain global
climate during a warm phase. Examples of such intervals include, but are not
limited to: the early Holocene, MIS Stage 5e, MIS Stage 11, the Middle
Pliocene, the Middle Miocene, and the late Paleocene/early Eocene. A higher
priority will be placed on younger intervals, because they are closer to
matching present-day boundary conditions and therefore more relevant to
understanding future climate change. However, proposals for older intervals
will be accepted if they make a clear case for validating or testing of model
predictions, or establishing how different parts of the Earth system interact
under conditions of extreme warmth.
4. Spatial Patterns and Continuous Records of Climate Change.
Proposals should address large-scale spatial aspects of climate change,
particularly tropical-extratropical linkages and interhemispheric comparisons
revealed in continuous marine and terrestrial records. Understanding spatial
patterns of past climate changes, the degree of synchroneity or phasing
between different areas, and the relation between low latitude and high
latitude regions are critical aspects of paleoclimate studies and are
necessary to test and improve climate models. Proposals related to
international efforts such as those of PAGES (the PANASH project,
Pole-Equator-Pole (PEP) transects, IMAGES, and continental drilling for
paleoclimate records) are encouraged. Efforts in other areas, such as
data-poor locations or locations that form links between PEP transects, and
which contribute to a spatial network of paleoclimatic sites capable of
addressing regional variability, are also encouraged. Various time scales are
relevant, but those with annual resolution for the past 2,000 years and those
with century to millenial scale resolution for the last few glacial cycles
are especially encouraged.
5. Arctic Paleoclimate Studies. The sensitivity of the Arctic
to climate change and the fundamental importance of the cryosphere as an
influence on the climate system mandate special attention to Arctic
paleoclimate research. Close collaboration between the ESH Program and both
the Arctic System Science (ARCSS) and Arctic Natural Science (ANS) Programs
within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) at NSF has resulted in a detailed
science-and-implementation plan (PARCS, 1999--Paleoenvironmental Arctic
Sciences: The Arctic Paleosciences in the Context of Global Change
Research). The ESH program encourages proposals that address the
paleoclimatic issues identified in the PARCS document.
6. Modeling of Past Change: Proposals should focus on the use
of Earth system models to investigate the patterns, processes, and causes of
past climatic and environmental change. An evaluation of Earth system model
simulations of past change using paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental data is
an important step in assessing the ability of these models to simulate
realistic future change. Studies should focus on using models to assess the
sensitivity of the Earth system to hypothesized forcing, and to evaluate the
simulated responses using paleoclimate data. Proposals can include the
development or improvement of an Earth system model addressing a specific
paleoclimate question, but must incorporate rigorous comparisons with
paleoclimate/paleoenvironmental data and the testing of paleoclimate
hypotheses. Paleoclimate modeling proposals should be closely integrated
with one of the other five ESH areas of emphasis to ensure that the
predictive Earth system models being used provide realistic simulations of
climate variability, abrupt change, climate extremes, or regional change.
For all areas of emphasis, priority will be given to proposals that seek to
use the record of past conditions to understand the dynamics of climate/Earth
system processes or to integrate local/regional reponses into the large-scale
climate system. Proposals confined to descriptive reconstructions of local or
regional conditions, without consideration of how those conditions result
from or contribute to large-scale processes, will receive a lower priority.
In general, the emphasis should be upon understanding mechanisms, processes,
and linkages between different elements of the earth/ocean/atmosphere
In addition to the areas of emphasis above, proposals will be
considered in the following areas:
7. Quantification and development of biotic, physical, and geochemical proxy indicators for
past Earth system processes;
8. Improvement of geochronological techniques relevant to ESH goals; and
9. Innovative development and application of statistical techniques that
combine and simultaneously analyze various types of paleoclimate data to
address regionally specific climate questions.
Each proposal must include a section explicitly describing how the proposed work
will contribute to one or more of these nine areas. Proposals without such a
statement may be returned without review.
Data Management: Each proposal must adhere to the USGCRP data management
and the policies applying to recipients of Federal funding in the
geosciences. Unless otherwise specified in the proposal, the PI/PD will be
responsible for ensuring that all data generated by the funded project will
be documented and submitted to the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology at
the National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, CO (guidelines for data
submission available at http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/paleo/contrib.html.
The proposal should include a description of the anticipated data and
information products, quality control and documentation, as well as any
anticipated costs for these activities. A supplemental section entitled
"Data and Information Availability" may be added to the proposal
(proposal Section I) and is not counted in the Project Description page
limitation. Details on this supplemental documentation are included in the
NSF Grant Proposal Guide (NSF 00-2, or later). All proposals should include
a statement in "Results from Prior Research" indicating the
disposition of data products generated by the most recently completed
Federally funded research project.
Depending on the scope of the project, proposals may be from individual
investigators or from teams of investigators to work on crosscutting
scientific issues involving multiproxy or interdisciplinary efforts. Linkage
with programs at the international level is encouraged, but not required.
Under this announcement, NSF solicits proposals for any funding amount up to
$1.0 million per year for up to five years, and expects to make grants over a
wide range of award sizes and durations. Depending on availability of funds,
it is expected that approximately $3 - $4 million will be available each year
for new awards. Awards may be made as standard or continuing grants.
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original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed
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Inquiries concerning the ESH program may be directed to:
Dr. Steven Colman, Program Officer
Room 775, Division of Atmospheric Sciences
National Science Foundation
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Ms. Heather Benway
Office of Global Programs
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