“Adaptation and Response in Drylands (ARID)” NASA scoping study

The University of Arizona's “Adaptation and Response in Drylands (ARID)” is a scoping study selected by NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology (TE) Program to work with dryland scientists and stakeholders as well as the remote sensing community to outline a future NASA field campaign focused on drylands. Drylands are water-limited regions that cover nearly half the globe, include a third of global population, generate 60% of global food production, and contribute greatly to the global carbon cycle. ARID’s domain will mainly be in the Western US with some international efforts in Africa, Australia, and South America.

If NASA selects this study, they could commit funds in support of a 5-7 year field campaign aimed at improving our understanding of drylands via linking field measurements with NASA satellite observations. Previously funded campaigns include ABoVE, LBA, and BOREAS. The scoping study will take place through late 2024 ending with a final report submitted to the NASA TE Program. 

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