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Water & Energy Cycles

I propose to contribute expert guidance to the SMAP prelaunch Science Definition Team (SDT) in the area of carbon cycle science as influenced by freeze/thaw and soil moisture conditions. I have extensive expertise and research experience in remote sensing and carbon cycle science in relation to northern (boreal-Arctic) ecosystems and satellite microwave remote sensing of the F/T state variable. My proposed SDT contributions address Strategic Subgoal 3A of NASA Strategic Goals and Research Objectives to: 'Study Earth from space to advance scientific understanding and meet societal needs'. I will provide expert guidance for developing SMAP freeze/thaw (F/T) and soil moisture products that address carbon cycle science objectives as put forth in the NRC Decadal Survey, including linking land F/T and soil moisture to carbon exchange over northern land areas, and reducing uncertainties about the 'missing sink' on land for atmospheric CO2. Other elements of these contributions include guiding the development of effective methods for documenting accuracy in F/T related products and outreach to Terrestrial Ecology, Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems, North American Carbon Program (NACP) and Polar science communities to promote application user groups and end-to-end capabilities for SMAP related products that will enhance the scientific impact and societal benefits of these data.

Project PI: John Kimball/The University of Montana

Division of Biological Sciences ,FLATHEAD LAKE BIO STATION College of Forestry and Conservation University of Montana Missoula, MT 59812

Phone: (406) 982-3301



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