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Terrestrial Ecosystem Science

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New Environmental System Science Website

We’re working on a new ESS website that reflects the merger of the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research and Terrestrial Ecosystem Science programs. Visit ess.science.energy.gov for a preview of the new site and check back regularly for updates and expanded content. For now, you can navigate between the current TES and SBR sites and the new ESS site using the banner at the top of each page.

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Mission

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) program seeks to improve the representation of terrestrial ecosystem processes in Earth system models, thereby improving the quality of climate model projections and providing the scientific foundation of solutions for the Department of Energy's (DOE) most pressing energy and environmental challenges. TES is managed within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).

Program Approach

The TES program develops unique, foundational scientific insights about the terrestrial biosphere’s role in the global cycling of carbon, nutrients, and water. The program also supports research examining the feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and Earth’s climate system. TES focuses on ecosystems and ecological processes that are globally or regionally significant, expected to be sensitive to climate change, and insufficiently understood or inadequately represented in models. As part of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, TES coordinates its activities with BER’s climate modeling program (and research from other federal agencies), ensuring that experimental and observational results are incorporated into Earth system models to improve climate projections.
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Research Themes

Within its broad research portfolio, TES works to advance priority research areas and coordinate with other federal programs with shared interest areas. Current examples of this cross-cutting structure include:

Critical Ecosystems

NGEE Arctic Experiments

Focusing on critical areas of uncertainty in our understanding and/or model representation of the global ecosystem. Learn More »

Interagency Solicitation for Carbon Cycle Science

NGEE Tropics Experiments

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Improving understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the land, ocean, and atmospheric reservoirs and how that understanding can be used to establish a scientific foundation for societal responses to global environmental change. Learn More »

AmeriFlux Network

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Providing continuous observations of ecosystem-level exchanges of CO2, water, energy, and momentum spanning diurnal, synoptic, seasonal, and interannual time scales. Learn More »

Climate Modeling

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Linking process studies and observations to model development and evaluation of improved process representation, initialize multiscale model domains, calibrate models, and evaluate model predictions. Learn More »

DOE TES Researchers: 
Submit Your Research Highlight!

Tell us about your research! Submit a brief description of your published TES program research. Additional information


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DE-FOA-0002392-Environmental System Science
Now accepting applications. Pre-Application Due: Dec. 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [11/19]

ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge.
Call for Proposals Open. Pre-Proposals Due: January 4, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern Time. [11/19]

Environmental Research Funding: DoD SERDP
Now accepting applications.
• Core Solicitation for Environmental Research and Development Proposals. Pre-Proposals Due: Jan. 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
• SEED Solicitation. Proposals Due: March 4, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [11/9]

Funding Opportunity Announcement: DOE ESPCoR Program
Now accepting applications. [MORE]
Pre-Application Due: Dec. 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [10/29]

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program 2020 Solicitation 2
Now accepting applications. [MORE] Pre-Application Due: Nov. 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [9/20]

Highlights submissions to require DOE PAGES number. [MORE] [7/20]

Environmental System Science Projects Awards Announced Summary [7/20]

FACE report now available Overview [6/20]

DOE announces Early Career Research Program awards for FY 2020. Awardees List [6/20]

DE-FOA-0002392-Environmental System Science
Now accepting applications. Pre-Application Due: Dec. 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [11/19]

ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge.
Call for Proposals Open. Pre-Proposals Due: January 4, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern Time. [11/19]

Environmental Research Funding: DoD SERDP
Now accepting applications.
• Core Solicitation for Environmental Research and Development Proposals. Pre-Proposals Due: Jan. 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
• SEED Solicitation. Proposals Due: March 4, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [11/9]

DE-FOA-0002431-Established Program To Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) Implementation Grants
Now accepting applications. Pre-Application Due: Dec. 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [10/29]

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program 2020 Solicitation 2
Now accepting applications. Pre-Application Due: Nov. 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [9/20]

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program 2020 Solicitation 1
Now accepting applications. Pre-Application Due: May 6, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [2/20]

PI-Submitted Research Highlights for Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Program

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2020 PI Abstracts [5/20]


Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) [11/18]


Disturbance and Vegetation Dynamics in Earth System Models Workshop [11/18]


EESSD Strategic Plan 2018