November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016

Chatterjee and Team Awarded Funding for ABoVE Proposal

As Principal Investigator, Abhishek Chatterjee (Code 610.1/USRA) submitted a proposal titled “GEOS-5 Forecasting and Modeling in support of ABoVE airborne research” to the ROSES-2106 Terrestrial Ecology: An Airborne Campaign for the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) that was selected for funding.  Other team members include Co-Investigators Ben Poulter (Code 618/GSFC), Jeff Masek (Code 618/GSFC), Lesley Ott (Code 610.1/GSFC), Charles Miller (JPL) and Eugenie Euskirchen (University of Alaska Fairbanks), and Collaborators Bryan Duncan (Code 614/GSFC), Steven Pawson (Code 610.1/GSFC) and Joshua Fisher (JPL). The four-year grant will run from 01/01/2017 to 12/31/2020. Dr. Chatterjee provided the following abstract: “NASA’s ABoVE field campaign will improve our understanding of one of the most dynamic regions on the planet – the Arctic-Boreal region (ABR), where changes in climate are progressing most rapidly and are already triggering changes to ecosystem carbon storage. The proposed research will deliver a fully integrated modeling framework that will rely on the multi-scale data streams from the 2017 field campaign to inform and improve process-based representation of permafrost-carbon dynamics within NASA’s GEOS-5 system. The findings from this study will address both the conceptual basis for ABoVE and NASA Earth Science's strategic goal to quantify and document changes to the carbon cycle in the high-latitudes.” GESTAR congratulates Dr. Chatterjee and his team members.


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