NSF has just released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to request "Information on Technologies to Enable Observations in Remote-Extreme Environments".
From the DCL:
"The goal of this DCL is to solicit ideas from the research community regarding what innovative technologies and solutions are needed to advance geoscience research and knowledge in remote-extreme environments. Technological advances should enable real-time and reliable sensing, communications, localization, navigation, and mapping of Earth, ocean, geospace, and atmospheric environments for scientific research in an environmentally responsible manner. Data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) are also key components to be considered in connecting observations facilitated by new technology with the diverse information needs of researchers and data users (e.g., policy makers, resource managers, and other interested parties)."
Patrick Smith is the GEO/OPP rep for this solicitation and can be contacted with questions.