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Project Title:

Views on the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015
PIN: DEPS-BPA-12-03        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS

RSO: Lang, David

Subject/Focus Area: Earth Sciences; Math, Chemistry and Physics; Policy for Science and Technology; Space and Aeronautics

Project Scope
The National Academies will convene a committee to prepare a short report which will articulate the views of the U.S. science community on specific agenda items at issue at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) with potential impact on scientific observations, particularly future radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing observations. The committee will: (1) Identify the agenda items at issue at the 2015 WRC that are potentially relevant to the scientific use of the radio and microwave spectrum, namely for, but not limited to, radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing; (2) Assess each of the identified agenda items for their potential impact--positive, negative, or none--on radio frequency science applications; (3) Describe the scientific justification for protecting radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing observations in agenda items with potential impact, where appropriate; (4) Solicit and consider input from the broad international science community relevant to the committee's task; and (5) Establish a position, where needed and within the scope of the identified agenda items, to ensure that radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing and other related radio frequency science applications will continue to be able to make needed observations.  In preparing its report, the committee will take into account the anticipated future spectrum requirements of the scientific communities, and will ensure that the needs of multiple communities are appropriately considered.

This project is sponsored by NASA and the NSF.

The approximate start date was October 1, 2012.

The project is expected to be completed by July 31, 2013.

Project Duration: 9 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 05/15/2013


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