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David E. Steitz/Etta Jane Pagani
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1730/1034)

October 30, 2003
RELEASE : 03-348
NASA Announces Research Grants In Interdisciplinary Science
NASA has awarded approximately $47.4 million in grants to researchers from 23 states conducting interdisciplinary scientific investigations. The research is expected to expand understanding of a variety of aspects of Earth system science.

Sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise Earth Observing System Interdisciplinary Science Program (EOS/IDS), the research will use the vast wealth of new data from Earth Observing Satellites. The topics span a range of innovative interdisciplinary research, with a focus in emerging scientific areas identified in the Strategic Plan of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

Broad thematic topics of the research projects include global ecosystems, climate trends and variation, consequences of climate and sea level changes. The researchers will examine effects of increased human activities on coastal regions as well. NASA also aims to expand knowledge of the carbon cycle on Earth through the use of new classes of models.

NASA received 348 proposals in response to the EOS/IDS research announcement. The proposals were peer-reviewed by scientific experts from academia and government. A list of the awardees, their institutions and research titles is available on the Internet at:

For more information about NASA and agency research programs on the Internet, visit:

For more information about NASA's Earth Science Enterprise research on the Internet, visit:


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