NASA Earth Science Research: Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program

Sponsor Deadline: 

Feb 16, 2022

Letter of Intent Deadline: 

Dec 17, 2021


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A.47 Land-Cover/Land-Use Change:SARI Synthesis
NASA plans to fund two synthesis teams: one for South Asia and one for Southeast Asia. These teams will assess past and recent trends in land-use change and apply theoretical and analytical frameworks appropriate for understanding the physical and socioeconomic interactions that influence Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC). The synthesis must address both the biophysical and socioeconomic aspects of land-use change and encompass the major land-use change sectors, such as forests, agriculture, urban, and wetlands. The results must highlight how the research findings could help develop more sustainable land-management strategies. Each proposal team must be multi-institutional and interdisciplinary, with at least three senior team members having diverse expertise, and include international partners (on a no-exchange-of-funds basis) from the region to provide regional insights and perspectives.

The primary goal of the NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) program is to use satellite observations for improving our understanding of LCLUC as an essential component of Earth System Science. The LCLUC program includes studies that detect and quantify changes inland cover and land use; examine their impact on the environment and interactions with climate and society; and model future scenarios of LCLUC impacts. The LCLUC program is developing interdisciplinary research combining aspects of physical, social,and economic sciences, with a high level of societal relevance, using remote sensing data methods and tools.The LCLUC program aims to develop the capability for annual satellite-based inventories of land cover and land use to characterize and monitor changes at the Earth’s surface.Social and economic science research plays an important role in the LCLUC program. It includes quantifying the impacts of changes in human behavior at various levels on land use, land-use impacts on society, or how the social and economic aspects of land-use systems adapt to climate change. LCLUC, ubiquitous worldwide, is having a significant impact on the environment, the provision of ecosystem services,and human livelihoods at the national, regional,or global scale, often with economic and policy implications. The policy implications can,for example,be in terms of current policies that have prompted or exacerbated land-use change or policy changes that would lead to sustainable land-use practices.

Notices of intent (optional) are requested by December 17, 2021, and proposals are due February 16, 2022.

On or about November 17, 2021, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2021" (NNH21ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at and will appear on SARA's ROSES blog at: