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Project Title:

A Strategy to Optimize the U.S. Optical and Infrared System in the Era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
PIN: DEPS-BPA-13-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS
Space Studies Board DEPS

RSO: Lang, David

Subject/Focus Area: Math, Chemistry, and Physics; Space and Aeronautics

Project Scope
In order to position the observational, instrumentation, data management, and support capabilities of the U.S. optical and infrared astronomy (O/IR) system to best address the science objectives identified in the 2010 report entitled New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences in the Decade 2013-2022 and to help achieve the best science return from the National Science Foundation investment in O/IR astronomy over the next 10-15 years, the National Research Council will convene a committee to write a short report that will recommend and prioritize adjustments to the U.S. ground-based O/IR system that will better position the system to address the New Worlds, New Horizons science objectives over the next 10-15 years. The committee will consider needs and strategies for several interrelated components of the system: existing and planned focal plane instrumentation; focal plane instrumentation and technology development; and data management, processing, mining, and archiving. The committee may make recommendations or offer comments on organizational structure, program balance, and funding, with discussion of the evidentiary bases, as appropriate.

Project Duration: 8 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 07/17/2014
 Meeting 2 - 07/22/2014
 Meeting 3 - 07/31/2014
 Meeting 4 - 08/27/2014
 Meeting 5 - 09/03/2014
 Meeting 6 - 09/10/2014
 Meeting 7 - 09/26/2014
 Meeting 8 - 10/01/2014
 Meeting 9 - 10/08/2014
 Meeting 10 - 10/12/2014
 Meeting 11 - 10/15/2014
 Meeting 12 - 10/22/2014
 Meeting 13 - 10/29/2014
 Meeting 14 - 11/05/2014
 Meeting 15 - 11/12/2014
 Meeting 16 - 11/19/2014
 Meeting 17 - 12/01/2014
 Meeting 18 - 12/17/2014
 Meeting 19 - 01/14/2015
 Meeting 20 - 02/18/2015
 Meeting 21 - 03/04/2015
 Meeting 22 - 03/10/2015
 Meeting 23 - 03/19/2015


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Optimizing the U.S. Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy System