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CMS Scoping Efforts

Scoping iconThe goal of the Scoping Efforts was to identify research, products, and analysis system evolutions required to support carbon policy and management as global observing capability increases. The Scoping Efforts have developed a plan for NASA to support carbon policy and carbon management decisions (e.g., treaty verification, adaptation information support at local and regional scales). The study identified what products (with associated resolution and quality) can be provided over time (e.g. near-term and long-term). This effort examined how modeling and assimilation programs can be best positioned to benefit from the new observing capability, what additional observations (in-situ, airborne, space) are needed to fill information gaps or support existing and planned capabilities, and what types of computational and data delivery systems are needed to fully capitalize on new observational capabilities.

The Scoping Efforts will the NASA systems engineering, as well as NASA technology transfer mechanisms to fully utilize private sector capabilities. This was a process involving significant community interaction.  There were four components to the Scoping Efforts: 1) a Scoping Study Workshop and Community Forum; 2) initial activities towards Policy, Management, and Decision Support; 3) a Systems Design Study; and 4) research to scope new Oceans Carbon Monitoring Products.

Scoping Study Workshop

Scoping Efforts began with a planning session held at the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Principal Investigators meeting in San Diego, CA, in March, 2010. A significant workshop was held 4 months later in Boulder, CO on July 13-14, 2010. Approximately 70 scientists were invited from a broad range of government agencies (NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, EPA, DOE), industry, and academia. Public comment and community feedback were solicited online and input was welcomed at a Community Forum held on October 5, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia in conjunction with the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems (CC&E) Joint Science Workshop, October 3-7, 2011 in Alexandria, VA.

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Policy, Management, and Decision Support

Successful carbon management strategy requires detailed and solid scientific information about the basic processes of the carbon cycle which will accurately account for carbon stocks, fluxes and changes, in order to distinguish the effects of human actions from those of the natural system variability.

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CMS System Design Study

The CMS System Design task was started in Aug 2011 with the intention of providing an initial systematic study looking across the current and future NASA program of record towards the ultimate delivery of policy‐relevant data products. This task intended to complement and look beyond the two existing pilot projects to help guide thinking about future needs. The task concluded in April 2012 with a briefing to the CMS SDT and program managers.

Science Definition Team (SDT)

The CMS Science Definition Team (SDT) was selected March 10, 2011 for the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2010" (NNH10ZDA001N).