Monday, August 5, 2013: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
101G, Minneapolis Convention Center
Paul J. Hanson
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) program within the US Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research supports basic science to improve representation of critical terrestrial ecosystem processes in Earth System Models. In this town hall, TES’s vision, funding strategy and strategic planning will be presented by program mangers. Cornerstone research activities including AmeriFlux, the SPRUCE CO2 and temperature manipulation study, and advancements with the Community Land Model will be highlighted and discussed by project leads. Additionally, opportunities with DOE’s Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE), a decade long effort seeking to improve the representation of critical ecosystems in Earth system models through coupled, multi-scale model-experiment will be discussed. The first NGEE is focused on Arctic permafrost dynamics, while the second NGEE will focus on Tropical forests. Future TES funding opportunities as well as the capabilities at DOE’s Scientific User Facilities (EMSL, JGI, and ARM) will be discussed. This town hall will engage the ESA community and foster synergistic leveraging opportunities within DOE investments and solicit community feedback.