Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Basin CESU

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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Basin CESU: The USGS is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research in measuring the deposition of atmospheric dust that is generated by wind erosion and that can degrade environments, diminish air quality, and affect public health across much of the western United Sates. Federal agencies and research partners currently lack a method for characterizing ambient aerosol concentrations that is broadly accepted and robust under widely variable field conditions. For this reason, advancing knowledge about dust and improving land management under wind-erosion conditions require first the development of a field instrument that can measure particulate matter (PM) in its critical size classes: <2.5 micrometers (m), (2) <10 m (PM10), and (3) all (⿿total⿝) suspended PM sizes. This opportunity calls for (1) the development of a prototype dust sampler and its testing under field conditions, and (2) the deployment of the instrument for field research. The research site will likely be in an area currently under investigation for wind erosion of NPS and BLM land in Utah with collaborators in USGS, USDA-ARS, NPS, and BLM, for which arrangements are currently in place. The research requires first the application of experienced engineering and knowledge on dust-source characterization and PM sampling to combine and modify existing technologies for mating into a stand-alone unit. Among the initial challenges are (1) to identify appropriate existing components, including low-power controllable pumps; size separating devices that work at low pressure drops; plausible sensors for light scattering or extinction; low-power control electronics; (2) electronically combine these components with a power-management system; (3) mechanically combine these components in a package that is practicable for field deployment in a range of harsh conditions, (4) collect dust samples, and (5) complete (1-4) so that the costs of a single unit is between $2 and $10K. Further development would add novel capabilities of remote control of operating parameters and data broadcasting through satellite communication.
Federal Grant Title: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Basin CESU
Federal Agency Name: Geological Survey (DOI-USGS1)
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: G16AS00123
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.808
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: August 12th, 2016
Original Application Deadline: August 12th, 2016
Posted Date: August 1st, 2016
Creation Date: August 1st, 2016
Archive Date: November 1st, 2016
Total Program Funding: $190,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $190,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: August 1st, 2016
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESUâ¿¿s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.
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Grant Announcement Contact
Faith Graves 703-648-7356
fgraves@usgs.gov

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