The Advisory Committee
for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) provides guidance and input
in broad areas such as (a) how GEO's mission, programs, and goals can
best serve the scientific community, (b) how GEO can promote quality education
at all levels in the geosciences as well as increase diversity of the
geosciences workforce, and (c) setting priorites in terms of critical
investment areass in geosciences research.
AC/GEO meets twice
a year. Members represent a cross-section of geosciences with representatives
from many different subdisciplines within the field; a cross section of
institutions spanning academia and the public and private sectors, broad
geographic representation; and balanced representation of women and underrepresented
information for a complete list of the members and meeting minutes.
AND FOCUSSED RESEARCH PROGRAMS
In addition to research
programs in the atmospheric, earth, and ocean sciences, the Directorate
supports a number of crosscutting and interdisciplinary programs:
in the Environment
to support Geosciences Education
for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences
Because the nature of
geosciences research is global, GEO supports international collaborations
and partnerships. In addition to research, many organizations supported
by GEO help facilitate the open exchange of data, assist in the movement
of scientific equipment across borders, and provide a fora for the exchange
of ideas as well as a means for international planning and cost-sharing.
More information is available for International
To determine how to
best advance scientific knowledge, the Directorate for Geosciences engages
in a long-range planning process to evaluate opportunities and needs for
geoscience research, infrastructure, and education.
2000: a planning effort to develop a comprehensive view of the sciences
for planet Earth and the scope of programs and activities that GEO should
address during the period 2001 to 2010.
Facilities Plan: a planning effort for both the development of new
and innovative facility capabilities, and the maintenance and enhancement
of existing systems from FY 2004 through FY 2008.
on Emerging Opportunities: The NSF and Geosciences Directorate are
interested in hearing from the research community especially regarding
ideas on emerging opportunities for significant advances in disciplinary
and interdisciplinary fields of exploration, innovative modes of supporting
research, and new approaches to education and training.
2004 Budget Request for Geoscience Activities (Adobe
2003 Budget Request for Geoscience Activities (MS-Word
2002 Budget Request for Geoscience Activities
2001 Budget Request for Geoscience Activities
2000 Budget Request for Geoscience Activities
1999 Budget Request for Geoscience Activities
History for the Geosciences at NSF: FY 1985-FY 2002 (request)
2002 GEOSciences Budget Request:
The Geosciences (GEO) Activity supports research in the atmospheric, earth,
and ocean sciences. Basic research in the geosciences advances our scientific
knowledge of the Earth and advances our ability to predict natural phenomena
of economic and human significance, such as climate change, earthquakes,
weather, fish-stock fluctuations, and disruptive events in the solar-terrestrial
environment. The FY 2002 Request of $558.54 million, a 0.6 percent decrease
from FY 2001, will support the operation and enhancement of national user
facilities as well as fundamental research across the geosciences, including
emphases on the U.S. Weather Research Program and National Space Weather
Program; the U.S. Global Change Research Program; the Biocomplexity in
the Environment priority area, and research on the key physical, chemical
and geologic cycles within the Earth System.
SIZE AND DURATION IN GEO
As stated in the
National Science Foundation's Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)
Strategic Plan for
Fiscal Year 2001- 2006, one of the implementation strategies for operating
a credible, efficient merit review system is to "reduce the burden
on proposers and reviewers while maintaining the quality of decision processes,
by increasing award size and duration."...MORE...