Call for Planning Letters - ONR Arctic and Global Prediction Program

Date: 
5 February 2013

Call for Planning Letters
Arctic and Global Prediction Program
Office of Naval Research

Planning letter deadline: Friday, 22 March 2013

For further information, please go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ONR-GlobalPredictionProgram

For questions, please contact:
Martin Jeffries
Email: martin.jeffries@navy.mil
Phone: 703-696-7825

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Arctic and Global Prediction Program
invites planning letters for research to be funded beginning in FY14
(starts 1 October 2013).

The Arctic and Global Prediction Program is motivated by the rapid
decline in summer ice extent that has occurred in recent years. This has
prompted renewed Department of Navy interest in understanding and
predicting the arctic physical environment at a variety of time and
space scales. The ability to predict the location of the ice edge, the
space-time evolution of the ice cover, and the ice thickness will be
particularly critical to safe naval operations in the Arctic. To achieve
this, models integrating the ocean, waves, ice and atmosphere must be
able to represent the physical processes, interactions and feedbacks
involved in the seasonal evolution of ice extent, area, thickness and
volume. Consequently, the program has three focus areas:

- Developing integrated ocean-ice-wave-atmosphere Earth System
models for improved prediction at a variety of time scales;
- Improving understanding of the physical environment and processes
in the Arctic Ocean; and
- Investigating new technologies, e.g., sensors, platforms and
communications, for sustained operation and observation in the
challenging arctic environment.

The Arctic and Global Prediction Program is always interested in
receiving planning letters for research that addresses these focus
areas. However, for funding beginning in FY14 the program is
particularly interested in the following topics:

- Deriving geophysical information and process understanding from
declassified, high-resolution visible band imagery (e.g., Kwok and
Untersteiner, 2011);
- High-precision GPS for investigating the dynamics of sea ice,
ocean and atmosphere; and
- Processes controlling upper ocean heat content and oceanic heat
flux to the underside of the ice.

Planning letter deadline: Friday, 22 March 2013.

For further information, please go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ONR-GlobalPredictionProgram.

For questions, please contact:
Martin Jeffries
Email: martin.jeffries@navy.mil
Phone: 703-696-7825

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