Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE) is looking for your assistance. This committee is charged with providing guidance on future research directions across the Foundation in the over the coming decade. The Advisory Committee has recently published an outlook report, America’s Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century, which lays out a vision for program at NSF over the next decade. The report has been well received by the senior leadership with in the Foundation.

Information on the AC-ERE and the Report can be found here:

While this report frames broad new directions at NSF, we also have an opportunity to identify key new and emerging focal points for research. The Advisory Committee has been asked to identify key research and education challenges that could be used to frame research priority setting within the agency. We are developing a modest engagement activity to seek from the science community their input to identify these challenges and research questions. To do this we have developed a basic questionnaire (6 questions) that is accessible by a web site using SurveyMonkey .

Based on the emerging research questions identified in this questionnaire, the Committee will also identify research infrastructure needs (e.g., observation networks, computing and data management, ship requirements, shore facilities, etc.) and collaboration opportunities.

In seeking broad input the Committee would like to draw widely on the expertise and experience of the environmental science community. We kindly request your assistance by filling out a short questionnaire. This provides you an opportunity to identify the most important environmental science and engineering questions that you believe will motivate ERE research over the next 10 years. Note that you don’t have to answer all the questions for your contribution to be valuable to the committee.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the
Advisory Committee, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.