Town Hall Meetings
Space Physics and Aeronomy Section
The 2008 Space Physics and Aeronomy town hall meeting will provide the AGU space physics and aeronomy membership an opportunity to hear from its National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA leadership. In keeping with this annual event, agency representatives will provide information on current and future activities, programs, and opportunities, with highlights of recent milestones and success. In response to a prior request for questions from the membership, the representatives will address such questions.
Antarctic Scientific Drilling: Long-Term Science Planning
Understanding the response of the Southern Hemisphere cryosphere-ocean-atmosphere system to climate change requires high-quality continuous paleorecords provided by sediment cores recovered from around Antarctica. Because of the long planning horizons and logistical requirements for conducting scientific drilling in these remote regions, strategic coordination of activities is required along with proposal pressure from the community. This meeting will highlight recent successes and future plans involving SCAR, ANDRILL, SHALDRIL, IODP, ICDP, WAIS, and other initiatives and also opportunities for community involvement in developing an integrated Antarctic scientific drilling plan.
This meeting will provide information to the broad community of Arctic research scientists through brief presentations by community leaders. Discussion subjects will include (1) Arctic research goals, objectives, and policy (Mead Treadwell); (2) updates on opportunities to use vessels in the Arctic for research (specifically, the Alaska Regional Research Vessel (Denis Wiesenburg), nuclear submarines via the SCICEX program (Jackie Richter Menge), and Arctic icebreakers (Carin Ashjian)); and possibly (3) other Arctic research topics to be determined.
Community Input for the National Academiesí Climate Change Study
In response to Public Law 110-161, the National Academies are conducting coordinated activities to study the issues associated with global climate change, including the science and technology challenges involved, and provide advice on the most promising strategies that can be taken to respond. These activities are intended to produce a broad, action-oriented, and authoritative set of analyses to inform and guide responses to climate change across the nation (http://www.national-academies.org/climate-change/). The purpose of the meeting is to solicit community input on questions and topics the study should address.
Community Models and Data Sharing Related to Inundation Events
Are you involved in modeling or studying floods, storm waves/surges, or other inundation events? The Inundation Science and Engineering Cooperative is a new, virtual community to develop models of inundation and its impact on landforms, structures, lifelines, and other objects. This meeting will identify researchers interested in sharing models, data, analyses, or educational materials or in collaborating to develop complex, multiscale approaches. ISECís role is to provide user-friendly virtual work spaces for collaborative projects; facilitate combining single-scale models into multiscale complex models; and motivate community-wide discussion and directed improvement of models.
Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System
CSDMS is the virtual home for experts who foster and promote the modeling of Earth surface processes, with emphasis on fluids, sediment, and solutes. CSDMS offers community-built software models, tools, and data that reflect Earth surface dynamics processes over a broad range of time and space scales. CSDMS coordinates research groups (terrestrial, coastal, marine, education and knowledge transfer, cyberinformatics and numerics, hydrology, carbonates, and Chesapeake), populated with 200 members from 100 universities and research institutes, located in 22 countries. Come meet CSDMS leaders and integration staff for discussions and demonstrations.
Developing a Framework for Earth Science Literacy
The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI) presents a draft of a literacy framework document of what all citizens should know about Earth science. ESLI, funded by NSF, created the document based upon current understandings of the broad spectrum of Earth science research communities. The framework was based on a 2-week May online workshop involving more than 350 Earth scientists and educators, a July writing workshop, and a review process lasting throughout the fall. This meeting will solicit additional comments on both the content and potential impact of the Earth science literacy document.
Discussion of Upcoming Decadal Survey in Planetary Sciences
This meeting will be a discussion with the science community of the plans for the upcoming decadal survey for planetary sciences to be carried out by the NRC. This will be an opportunity to hear plans for and provide input on the process.
The EarthScope meeting will be used to introduce and promote the EarthScope thematic working groups (see www.earthscope.org/science), which are charged with communicating and coordinating scientific advances within a particular research theme. The working groups have an important role to play in building a successful EarthScope science community and in furthering Earthscope science in general. Each working group will have two cochairs and be open to all researchers willing to volunteer their time. We will also use this opportunity to thank retiring NSF EarthScope program director, Kaye Shedlock, and introduce her successor.
Great Earthquakes and Their Asperities: Kanto Asperity Project (IODP 707-CDP)
The Kanto region is one of the most densely populated urban areas and has been devastated by repeated great earthquakes over the past several thousand years. To reveal the geological backgrounds, historical great earthquakes, and properties and mechanics of asperity/nonasperity regions (slow-slip event regions), proposals for a drilling and geophysical monitoring project (Kanto Asperity Project) have been submitted to the IODP (IODP 707-CDP, 707A, and 707B). In this meeting we will introduce, outline, and present the status of this project and discuss strategy.
High-Resolution Measurement of the Elevation of Land Water and Ocean Surface From Space
Our warming planet has two pressing issues: the uncertainty of fresh water supplies and the rate of future warming. A mission under development by NASA and CNES (the French space agency), called Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT), promises to make wide-swath high-resolution measurement of the elevation of land surface water and sea surface height, providing information on the water storage and discharge rate plus the velocity of the ocean circulation regulating global warming. The objectives and requirements of SWOT will be presented and discussed.
HyspIRI: A New NASA Satellite Concept
The HyspIRI satellite mission is currently in the conceptual phase at NASA. The mission includes a hyperspectral VSWIR imaging spectrometer and a multispectral TIR imager. The mission was recommended in the recent National Research Council Decadal Survey. HyspIRI will produce global observations of multiple Earth surface attributes at spatial resolutions of 60 meters for a variety of terrestrial and aquatic studies. We propose to lead a general community discussion at the meeting to present a summary of the proposed mission and to solicit comments from a wider audience.
Meeting for Young Researchers in the Earth Sciences:
This meeting will choose the theme for the next Meeting for Young Researchers in the Earth Sciences (MYRES), to be held in 2010. MYRES is an educational and community-building effort that fosters open interdisciplinary and international collaboration between researchers in the Earth sciences (http://www.myres.org/). The main component of MYRES is a series of biannual workshops targeted at early career academics. Any junior academic can suggest a theme for 2010, and all suggested themes will be considered in an open vote.
NASA Earth Science Decadal Survey Implementation Update
In 2007 the National Research Council released the first Earth science decadal survey report, entitled Earth Science and Applications From Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond. NASAís Earth Science Division (ESD) has conducted detailed investigations and mission development studies based on the recommendations of the decadal survey. We will present the current and planned activities funded by NASA to further the development of these critical Earth-observing missions. We will discuss near-term activities and the ESD goals for these mission development efforts, and the opportunities for scientific community involvement.
With over 50 missions in operation and another 40 in development, NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) leads the nation on a journey of discovery, seeking new knowledge and understanding of our planet, our solar system, and our universe out to its farthest reaches and back to its earliest moments of existence. In addition, supporting research and technology programs enable these missions, and data analysis and interdisciplinary science programs, to exploit their data to generate new scientific results. At this meeting, SMD leadership will provide information on specific program elements and initiatives, with emphasis on new directions and challenges.
Ocean Observatories: Updates on OOI, MARS, VENUS, and NEPTUNE Canada
The meeting will provide the ocean sciences community with news, current status, and upcoming activities and will answer questions about the development of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS), the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS), and the North-East Pacific Time-Series Undersea Networked Experiments (NEPTUNE) Canada programs. All four have significant activities this fall, including OOI's final design review in mid-November, MARSís installation of high-voltage connectors, node and instrument maintenance for VENUS, and NEPTUNE Canadaís testing and acceptance of infrastructure for upcoming deployment.
Progress Toward Ocean Research Priorities
In 2007, the JSOST wrote "Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade: An Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy." JSOST is currently working on the four near-term priorities (NTPs) presented in Charting the Course: (1) forecasting the response of coastal ecosystems to persistent forcing and extreme events; (2) comparative analysis of marine ecosystem organization; (3) sensors for marine ecosystems; and (4) assessing meridional overturning circulation variability: Implications for rapid climate change. This meeting will provide updates on implementation activities of the NTPs.
Role of Science in Water, Biologic, and Geologic Hazards Security
Adequate knowledge about the risks to human health and ecosystems, and innovative solutions to prevent pollution, warn of impending disasters, and reduce risk, can be gained through both science and technology transfer. A burgeoning population and frequent large-scale disasters make it imperative that science assist in more focused efforts regarding health, disaster risk reduction, environmental sustainability, water security, and related issues. This meeting seeks hydrological, biological, and geological results, methods, and data that evaluate science and technology, vulnerability targeting, adaptation, and modeling within the parameters of disaster risk reduction.
Surface Earth Processes Programs at National Science Foundation
This meeting will provide a forum for describing research and educational programs and funding opportunities within the Surface Earth Processes section (Division of Earth Sciences, Geoscience Directorate) of the National Science Foundation. There will be presentations on all core programs (Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry, Hydrological Sciences, Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, and Education and Human Resources), as well as interdisciplinary and emerging initiatives, followed by an open forum and Q&A.
Strategic Directions for Geosciences at National Science Foundation
Leadership of the Directorate for Geosciences at NSF will talk about future research directions and opportunities in geosciences and the Earth-oceans-atmosphere interfaces. Following a short presentation, NSF will hear from the research community on their visions and concerns about the geosciences.
United States Group on Earth Observation (USGEO) Initiatives and Outcomes From the 2008 GEO Plenary Meeting
The U.S. contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is the Integrated Earth Observation System (IEOS). GEOSS and IEOS will facilitate the sharing and applied usage of data from Earth-observing instruments. The success of GEOSS and IEOS depends on input from federal, state, and local governments; industry; academia; and nongovernmental organizations, all of whom help leverage these systems for social and economic benefit. This meeting will focus on developments within USGEO and will highlight activities from the 2008 GEO Plenary.
Water Cycle Community of Practice
The water cycle is essential for societyís welfare and sustainable growth, but it is being transformed by climate change, pollution, and overuse. Advances are currently available to develop solutions, but they remain largely unused. Effective communication is the critical task to enable using these advances to develop solutions and set future research priorities. This meeting focuses on the missing link: a Water Cycle Community of Practice (WCCoP) that has knowledge of both the decision support needs and the cutting-edge research results, and therefore can formulate a broad array of water cycle partnerships and solutions.
Antarctic Research: Impacts of Rising Logistical Costs on the Research Program
With rising costs of fuel and other logistical resources, the U.S. Antarctic Program faces considerable challenges in supporting research at current levels. This session will offer a brief overview of the situation, followed by a lengthy question and answer session to allow the community to ask questions and offer feedback to program representatives.
Preparing for the Earth Decadal Survey PATH Mission
This meeting will discuss the Precipitation and All-Weather Temperature and Humidity (PATH) mission, one of 15 NASA missions recommended by the NRC in the recent Earth science decadal survey. PATH consists of a geostationary microwave sounder and can be thought of as ďAMSU in GEO.Ē Themes range from hurricanes, severe storms, and weather prediction to general atmospheric science. The target audience is those interested in the science, applications, planning, and development of PATH. The goals are to form a broad interest group and prepare for the first PATH workshop, planned for mid-2009.
U.S. Climate Change Science Program Listening Session
The U.S. Global Change Research Program/U.S. Climate Change Science Program (USGCRP/CCSP), responsible for federally funded climate science, is engaged in long-range planning to evaluate and improve its ability to conduct global environmental change research and provide results relevant to citizens and communities. This listening session, part of a nationwide series, is intended to inform the federal governmentís deliberations about the future of climate change research. Program representatives will provide a short overview of the current program and solicit comments about federal climate change research directions from meeting participants.