Please note two climate and environmental science focus areas:
Environmental System Science - Research that combines measurements, experiments, and modeling that provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of the coupled biological, chemical and physical interactions of the belowground carbon cycle processes that in turn influence the directions of terrestrial ecology and global climate change. The goal should be to provide a refined understanding of critical belowground processes (e.g., soil carbon turnover, root dynamics, rhizo deposition, mycorrhizal interactions) in non-managed terrestrial ecosystems which mediate carbon cycling and feedbacks in a changing climate. Research should be posed in the context of representing terrestrial carbon cycle processes in Earth system models.
Uncertainty Characterization for Integrated Earth System Modeling - Development of methodologies that characterize uncertainties in integrated global earth system models, by examining the components that contribute significantly to climate system and projection uncertainties. It is expected that proposed research will include novel approaches that examine nonlinear relationships between different component level uncertainties due to, e.g., data limitations associated with initial and boundary conditions, simplifications of parameterizations and submodel codes, resolution
See http://science.energy.gov/early-career/ for more information.
The schedule is listed below.
Due date for Pre-applications: 6-Sep-12, 5 pm eastern time
Encourage/Discourage Decisions: 4-Oct-12
Due date for Proposals: 26-Nov-12, 5 pm eastern time
Note that pre-applications from everyone and lab proposals from DOE national laboratories must be submitted directly in PAMS this year. That means all Principal Investigators MUST register and create accounts in PAMS. Please encourage interested PIs to register right away. Registration information is in the solicitations and FAQs. Due times are 5 pm this year (instead of the usual 11:59 pm) to take advantage of the PAMS help desk hours.