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Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE) Program Introduction
Biocomplexity refers to the dynamic web of often surprising interrelationships
that arise when components of the global ecosystem - - biological, physical,
chemical, and the human dimension - - interact. Investigations of "Biocomplexity
in the Environment" are intended to provide a more complete understanding
of natural processes and cycles, of human behaviors and decisions in the natural
world, and of ways to use new technology effectively to observe the environment
and sustain the diversity of life on Earth. This special competition promotes
comprehensive, integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced
scientific and engineering methods. The concept of biocomplexity stresses
the richness of biological systems and their capacity for adaptation and self-organizing
behavior. By placing biocomplexity studies in an environmental context,
this competition emphasizes research with the following characteristics:
A high degree of interdisciplinary activity;
A focus on complex environmental
systems that include interactions of non-human biota or humans; and
A focus on systems with high
potential for exhibiting non-linear behavior.
Deadlines for the "Biocomplexity in
the Environment" program are listed in the solicitation link at the top of the left column
on this page.
BE Program Areas
In this fifth year of a multi-year effort, five topical areas will be emphasized: