These RFI responses were primarily drawn from material in previous ACE reports and workshops, as well as from a whitepaper that emerged from a community workshop that was held at NASA Ames Research Center in May of 2014. The workshop report is entitled "Outstanding Questions in Atmospheric Composition, Chemistry, Dynamics, and Radiation for the Coming Decade". The word document can be retrieved from this page.
In preparation for initiation of the 2017-2027 NRC Decadal Survey in Earth Science and Applications from Space, the Space Study Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences has issued an Initial Request for White Papers. This RFI was issued to inform the initial organization and structure of the committee and panels that will conduct the survey, as well as to provide direct input to the work of those groups. In order to capture the breadth of the ACE science objectives, the aerosol/cloud/ecosystem leadership of the ACE Science Study team submitted 3 separate RFI responses on November 2015:
For reference, we are also including a draft white paper from the Cloud and Precipitation Measurement (CaPPM) group. The CaPPM concept addresses much of ACE cloud-precipitation science objectives, and amplifies them with additional precipitation and hydrological cycle specific questions. Likewise, the white paper submited by Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry community addresses ACE's ocean ecosystem objectives.
The 2017-2027 NRC Decadal Survey steering committee came out with a Second Request for Information that was due on May 15th, 2016. While the first RFI asked for overarching science and applications targets, this second time around the committee requested information about measurement concepts capable of addressing these targets. The ACE science study team submitted 4 responses related to a) Direct Aerosol Radiative Effects (DARF), b) aerosol-cloud interactions, c) ocean ecosystems objectives, as well as d) a constellation build around PACE to advance aerosol, cloud, precipitation and ocean ecosystem science. Another paper describing a measurement concept that addresses ACE's cloud-precipitation objectives were submitted by the Cloud and Precipitation Process Measurement (CaPPM) group.