A Scoping Study for the NASA Tropical Terrestrial Ecology Campaign

PANGEA is a scoping study selected by NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology (TE) Program to work with tropical scientists and partners as well as the remote sensing community to outline a future NASA field campaign focused on the tropics. 

The tropics maintain over two-thirds of all species, are home to over 3 billion people, constitute major water and heat pumps that regulate regional and global climate systems, account for over 30% of terrestrial net primary productivity, and store 25-40% of total terrestrial biomass. The tropics are also undergoing some of Earth's most rapid changes, in terms of land use and climate change, as well as urbanization. PANGEA's domain will be pan-tropical with key sites for field and airborne campaigns yet to be scoped.

If NASA selects this study, they could commit funds in support of a 6-9 year field campaign aimed at improving our understanding of tropical forest regions 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. 

Visit PANGEA's website to learn more and participate in a variety of activities.