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Project Information


Review of the National Science Foundation's Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) Draft Science Goals and Objectives


Project Scope:

An ad hoc NRC committee will review the draft Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) draft science goals and objectives in a two-part process  (Phase 1 and 2). The following key questions will be used by the committee, initially (in Phase 1) to organize a public workshop that will feature invited presentations and discussions of the draft goals and objectives and later by the committee itself (in Phase 2):  

• Are the goals and objectives clear and appropriate? 
• Are there any content areas missing from the draft that should be present if AGS is to achieve its overall vision and mission? 
• Are there adequate mechanisms for coordinating and integrating issues that involve multiple disciplines and multiple divisions within NSF and other agencies within the atmospheric and geospace sciences enterprise?

Phase 1 will consist of planning and hosting a public workshop to engage the atmospheric sciences community and others as appropriate to provide feedback on the draft. The workshop will be designed to seek specific input on the draft by asking invited workshop speakers and other participants to share their views in the context of the questions above. In addition to addressing the questions above, the workshop will also include a brief, forward-looking session where participants will discuss “research frontiers” AGS might consider pursuing in light of the goals and objectives that have been identified (and those that have been acknowledged as missing).  A recap of workshop will be produced by staff .  

In Phase 2, the committee will write a letter report reviewing the AGS draft goals and objectives by addressing the questions above from its own standpoint.


Status: Completed

PIN: DELS-BASCPR-13-04

Project Duration (months): 8 month(s)

RSO: Thomas, Katherine C

Topic(s):

Earth Sciences
Environment and Environmental Studies
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 02/05/2014

Susan K. Avery - (Chair)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Susan K. Avery is the President and Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Prior to taking this position she was on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder from 1982-2008. Dr. Avery uses her position and her background in atmospheric research to convey the importance of understanding the Earth as a system connected by ocean, atmosphere, terrestrial, and human interactions. Under her leadership, WHOI is diversifying funding and pursuing more interdisciplinary discovery research as well as problem-oriented research and the application of fundamental reserch to ocean-related crises. The institution is also developing a wide range of platforms and tools for access to the ocean. Dr. Avery serves on many national and international boards, committees, and program review committees, and is active in professional societies. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Meteorological Society, for which she also served as president. Her research interests include atmospheric circulation and precipitation, the development of new radar techniques and instruments for observing the atmosphere, and the role of climate science in decision support.
Daniel N. Baker
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Daniel Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Professor of Physics there. He holds the Moog-Broad Reach Chair of Space Sciences at CU. His primary research interest is the study of plasma physical and energetic particle phenomena in planetary magnetospheres and in the Earth's vicinity. He conducts research in space instrument design, space physics data analysis, and magnetospheric modeling. Dr. Baker obtained his Ph.D. degree with James A. Van Allen at the University of Iowa. Following postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology with Edward C. Stone, he joined the physics research staff at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and became Leader of the Space Plasma Physics Group at LANL in 1981. From 1987 to 1994, he was the Chief of the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1994 to present he has been at the University of Colorado. Dr. Baker has published over 750 papers in the refereed literature and has edited eight books on topics in space physics. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the International Academy of Astronautics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently is an investigator on several NASA space missions including the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission, and the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission. He has won numerous awards for his research efforts and for his management activities including recognition by the Institute for Scientific Information as being “Highly Cited” in space science (2002), being awarded the Mindlin Foundation Lectureship at the University of Washington (2003) and being selected as a National Associate of the U.S. National Academies (2004). Dr. Baker was chosen as a 2007 winner of the University of Colorado’s Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding research, service, and teaching. In 2010, he was awarded the University of Colorado’s Boulder Faculty Assembly Distinguished Research Lecturer Award. Dr. Baker was the 2010 winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) James A. Van Allen Space Environment Award and Medal. Dr. Baker recently served on several national and international scientific committees including the Chairmanship of the National Research Council Committee on Solar and Space Physics. Dr. Baker served as President of the Space Physics and Aeronomy section of the American Geophysical Union (2002-2004) and he presently serves on advisory panels of the U.S. Air Force and the National Science Foundation. He was a member of the National Research Council’s 2003 Decadal Survey Panel for solar and space physics and he was a member of the 2006 Decadal Review of the U.S. National Space Weather Program. Dr. Baker just completed service as chair of the National Academies 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics.
Amy Clement
University of Miami

Dr. Amy Clement is a Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science located at the University of Miami. Her research interests focus on some fundamental questions about the behavior of the climate system. How sensitive is the Earth's climate to external forcing? Is abrupt change a characteristic of the climate? What are the mechanisms of climate change? To address these questions, she uses mathematical models of the climate. These range in complexity from one-dimensional approximations of the climate to global, three-dimensional models (general circulation models—GCMs). Her focus has generally been on the tropical coupled ocean-atmosphere system, and in particular on the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). As the largest mode of variability in the modern climate, understanding the whys and hows of past changes in (ENSO) are essential in answering fundamental questions about the behavior of the climate system, and are highly relevant for addressing the problem of how climate may change in the future. Dr. Clement is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Clement received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Columbia University.
W. J. Hughes
Boston University

Dr. W. Jeffrey Hughes is Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. A native of Wales, he received both his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in physics from Imperial College, London. He spent two years as a Hayes-Fulbright Scholar doing post-doctoral research in the U.S., spending a year at both the University of Colorado and the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the Boston University faculty in 1978, where he was the founding director of the Center for Space Physics. He has served as Astronomy Department chairman, and was director of the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM), an NSF Science and Technology Center. Dr. Hughes’ research focuses on the dynamics of the Earth’s magnetosphere and its interactions with the solar wind and the ionosphere.
James L. Kinter, III
Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies

Dr. James L. Kinter III is Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) where he manages all aspects of basic and applied climate research conducted by the Center. Dr. Kinter's research includes studies of climate predictability on sub-seasonal and longer time scales. Of particular interest in his research are prospects for prediction of El Niño and the extratropical response to tropical sea surface temperature anomalies using high-resolution coupled general circulation models of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land surface. Dr. Kinter is a Professor in the Climate Dynamics Ph.D. Program of the College of Science at George Mason University, where he has responsibilities for curriculum development and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on climate change, as well as advising Ph.D. students. After earning his doctorate in geophysical fluid dynamics at Princeton University in 1984, Dr. Kinter served as a National Research Council Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and as a faculty member of the University of Maryland (teaching faculty 1984-1987; research faculty 1987-1993) prior to joining COLA. Dr. Kinter has served on many national review panels for both scientific research programs and supercomputing programs for computational climate modeling.
Charles E. Kolb
Aerodyne Research, Inc.

Dr. Charles E. Kolb (NAE) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerodyne Research, Inc. in Billerica, Massachusetts. His principle research interests include atmospheric and environmental chemistry, combustion chemistry, and the chemical physics of rocket and aircraft exhaust plumes. He has served on several National Aeronautics and Space Administration panels dealing with environmental issues as well as on numerous NRC committees and boards dealing with atmospheric chemistry and physics. These include: the Committee on Tropospheric Ozone Formation and Measurement (1989-1991); the Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry; (member 1987-1990, chair, 1990-1993); the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, 1990-1993 and 1997-2000; the Committee on Strategic Guidance on NSF’s Support of Research in the Atmospheric Sciences (2004-2006) and the Committee on the Significance of International Transport of Air Pollutants (chair 2008-2009). Dr. Kolb has also been appointed a National Associate of the National Academies and elected to the Natonal Academy of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Optical Society of America. Dr. Kolb graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemical Physics and from Princeton University with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.
Jennifer A. Logan
Harvard University

Dr. Jennifer A. Logan was a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University until 2013. Her research has used global models and analyses of atmospheric data to improve our understanding of the processes affecting atmospheric composition, and the changes wrought by human activity. Recent work has focused on demonstrating the value of tropospheric observations from the Aura satellite for assessing transport characteristics of meteorological fields used to drive global models. Other research interests include insights gained from hindcasts of atmospheric composition, analysis of ozone trends, and prediction of fires in North America using climate models and the effects of these fires on future air quality. Dr. Logan has coauthored over 120 publications, and she is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Prior NRC service includes membership on the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, the Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Midterm Assessment of NASA’s Implementation of the Decadal Survey, and the Committee on the Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA’s Space and Earth Science Mission. Dr. Logan received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Edinburgh University and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon
Texas A&M University

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon is the Regents Professor and Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M University. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon’s weather-related work involves jet streams, extreme rainfall events, and land and sea breezes. His air quality research includes field forecasting support, numerical simulation, and diagnostic analysis of ozone events in Houston and Dallas for the Texas Air Quality Studies in 2000 and 2005-6. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon has also worked on drought monitoring and forecasting, air pollution climatology, and improvements to the climate data record. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon received a Presidential Faculty Fellow award (now known as PECASE) from the National Science Foundation and the White House in 1996, a Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching at Texas A&M University from the Association of Former Students in 1996, and was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2011. He is Past President of the International Commission for Dynamical Meteorology and is past chair of the AMS Board on Higher Education. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990

Events



Location:

Woods Hole, MA
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
None.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan Avery
Daniel N. Baker (via phone)
Amy Clement (via phone)
W. Jeffrey Hughes
James L. Kinter
III
Charles E. Kolb (via phone)
Jennifer A. Logan
John W. Nielsen-Gammon

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

• Committee discussions on status of report draft
• Discuss consensus answers to the Task Statement questions and nominations for reviewers



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 28, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
MONDAY, MARCH 31

OPEN SESSION

9:30am Welcoming remarks and introduction Susan Avery, WHOI

9:45am AGS leadership will discuss motivations for the activity and the goals and purpose of the document
[Michael Morgan]

10:15am Michael and section heads address questions from committee/participants (will need questions in advance)
[David Verardo; Rich Behnke; Stephan Nelson]


Discussion to Address Questions from the Statement of Task

11:00am (Q1) Are the goals and objectives clear and appropriate?
Provocateur: TBD

11:15pm Discussion

12:15pm Lunch

1:30pm (Q2) Are there any content areas missing from the draft that should be present if AGS is to achieve its overall vision and mission?
Provocateur: TBD

1:45pm Discussion

2:45pm Break

3:15pm (Q3) Are there adequate mechanisms for coordinating and integrating
issues that involve multiple disciplines and multiple divisions within NSF and other agencies within the atmospheric and geospace sciences enterprise?
Provocateur: TBD

3:30pm Discussion

4:30pm General discussion

5:15pm Begin session on AGS research frontiers:
A forward-looking session where participants will discuss “research frontiers” AGS might consider pursuing in light of the goals and objectives that have been identified (and those that have been acknowledged as missing)
Moderator: TBD

6:00pm Adjourn for the day


TUESDAY, APRIL 1

OPEN SESSION

7:30am Breakfast

8:00am Continued discussion on AGS research frontiers

10:15am Break

10:45am Continued discussion

12:00pm Lunch

1:30pm Recap of discussion Susan Avery, WHOI
Focus on identifying any concerns that seem to remain unresolved

2:00pm workshop adjourns
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan Avery
Amy Clement
Charles Kolb
James Kinter
W. Jeffrey Hughes
John Nieslen-Gammon
Jennifer Logan
Daniel Baker

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Discussion on plans/goals and draft
Debrief from the workshop, writing assigments and plan for remainder of the study

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 03, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan Avery
Daniel N. Baker
Amy Clement
W. Jeffrey Hughes
James L. Kinter
III
Charles E. Kolb
Jennifer A. Logan
John W. Nielsen-Gammon


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Status of invitees
Workshop agenda
Discussion of the Goals and Objectives document

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 28, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan Avery
Daniel N. Baker
Amy Clement
W. Jeffrey Hughes
James L. Kinter
III
Charles E. Kolb
Jennifer A. Logan
John W. Nielsen-Gammon


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Status of invitees
Further background info to request from AGS
Revised workshop agenda


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 28, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
February 4, 2014

4:00pm - 4:30pm Discussion of the purpose and task of the committee ----- Michael Morgan, NSF

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan Avery
Amy Clement
W. Jeffrey Hughes
James L. Kinter III
Jennifer A. Logan
John W. Nielsen-Gammon
Warren M. Washington
Xubin Zeng

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee introductions and orientation; conflict of interest and bias discussion; workshop plans.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 06, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications