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FY 2018 Remote Sensing for Snowpack and Soil Moisture
OAR’s Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is soliciting proposals to support research and development that has a strong potential for advancing the use of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture remote sensing data to improve the National Water Model (NWM) and contribute directly to the mission of NOAA’s National Water Center over the next 1 to 2 years
Deadline: Apr. 26, 2018
Areas of Interest
NOAA’s OAR through this NOFO is soliciting research to operations proposals in the following three priority areas focusing on snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture remote sensing data that can be used to expand and improve the National Water Model and contribute directly to the mission of NOAA’s National Water Center over the next 1 to 2 years:
Priority 1: Sensor Technology: Advancements leading to improved remote sensing observing capabilities of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture that can be used to improve the initial conditions and/or validation of the NWM and WRF-Hydro. New satellite sensors are out of scope of this initiative. Example focus areas could include advancements to airborne snow survey technologies.
Priority 2: Hydrologic Data Algorithms and Fusion: Advancements leading to improved data algorithms and fusion techniques to create new hydrological data sets of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture that may be used for inputs, blended output products, or validation of the NWM and WRF-Hydro. Example focus areas could include data from airborne snow surveys and from NOAA’s current and future operational satellites such as GOES-16, GOES-S, and JPSS.
Priority 3: Hydrologic Data Assimilation and Physics Parameterization: Advancements leading to improved hydrologic data assimilation and physics parameterization of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture into the NWM and WRF-Hydro. Example focus areas could include advancements to assimilate remotely sensed snowpack estimates using NOAA-20 (JPSS-1) satellite data.
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments; and Federal agencies.
In FY 2018, approximately $3,000,000 will be available to fund approximately 10-15 new projects. The maximum anticipated funding per proposal per year is approximately $400,000. Funding of any proposals is contingent upon availability of these funds. In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs.
The period of award is up to two years. Funding for the second year will be contingent upon a favorable performance review near the end of the prior year and the availability of funds. All funded Principal Investigators (PIs) will be required to submit written semiannual progress reports during the project to describe the progress made toward the goals and deliverables established in the original proposal and agreed-upon timeline. A final report must also be submitted at the conclusion of the project