The object of research of the GFZ is the Earth System – our planet, on and from which we live. GFZ researches focus on the study the Earth and its characteristics, as well as the processes which occur on its surface and within its interior.
NASA has awarded a cooperative agreement to the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute of Sonoma, Calif., to support Earth science research at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. The Ames Cooperative for Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST) agreement has a total value of approximately $137 million, which will be funded annually up to $14 million. The 10-year agreement covers the period from March 1, 2012 through Feb. 28, 2022.