ECOSTRESS Science Team (ROSES 2018)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA launched the ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) instrument to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 29, 2018. This program element solicits proposals for membership on the ECOSTRESS Science and Applications Team. This team supports basic research and analysis activities as well as applications activities associated with the production, validation, and utilization of ECOSTRESS data products. Funding for research projects will come from the Research and Analysis Program of the NASA Earth Science Division while funding for applications projects will come from the Applied Sciences Program of the NASA Earth Science Division.

NASA selected the ECOSTRESS instrument through the Earth Venture Instrument-2 solicitation in July 2014. ECOSTRESS is a multispectral thermal radiometer acquiring coincident thermal infrared (TIR) emission measurements of the Earth’s surface in five separate spectral bands, covering the 8 to 12.5 micron wavelength range. ECOSTRESS measures the brightness temperature of the Earth’s surface at sensor with an accuracy of 1 Kelvin (K) and a precision of 0.3 K at 300 K. The mission acquires brightness temperatures at a ground sampling distance of approximately 40 m by 70 m over a continuous ground swath width of 360 km, from the 385 to 415 km ISS altitude range. The ISS precessing orbit (orbital inclination of 51.5 degrees) does not allow observations over high-latitude regions but does have the advantage of enabling measurements at different times of the diurnal cycle, with coverage of the contiguous United States (CONUS) every few days depending on latitude. The planned ECOSTRESS mission lifetime is one year. Data collection plans include the entire CONUS, twelve 1,000 x1,000 km areas in key climate zones, and multiple Fluxnet sites.

This program element seeks proposals for membership on the ECOSTRESS Science and Applications Team under the leadership of the ECOSTRESS Principal Investigator. Proposals should focus on utilization of ECOSTRESS Level 2 (Surface Temperature and Emissivity), Level 3 (Evapotranspiration), and/or Level 4 (Water Use Efficiency and Evaporative Stress Index) data products for basic research of importance to Earth system science and applications relevant to management activities. The program element is also open to production of new higher-level (Levels 3 and 4) data products.  


  • NOI: Feb. 27, 2019​ (was Feb. 4)
  • Proposals: Mar. 29, 2019 (was Mar. 19)

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Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 29, 2019