Part III - Challenges, Issues and Future UCAR Activities

 
1.1There was considerable agreement about the need for atmospheric sciences to both increase basic knowledge and to serve society. In your view, how should research priorities and directions primarily be determined? (Please rate on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most important.)
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2
3
4
5
6
1 12345
2Based largely on the intuition, interests and initiative of individual scientists27
25.47%
59
27.7%
147
30.69%
220
38.06%
147
33.41%
3Based on the greatest needs of society23
21.7%
26
12.21%
88
18.37%
211
36.51%
248
56.36%
4Based on the needs and priorities of funding agencies52
49.06%
121
56.81%
235
49.06%
141
24.39%
31
7.05%
5Other4
3.77%
7
3.29%
9
1.88%
6
1.04%
14
3.18%
Total responses: 602

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1.2How do you think the research priorities and directions are actually being determined at present? (Please rate on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most important.)
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2
3
4
5
6
1 12345
2Based largely on the intuition, interests and initiative of individual scientists40
40.0%
83
35.32%
160
34.56%
179
38.09%
90
22.0%
3Based on the greatest needs of society34
34.0%
130
55.32%
224
48.38%
116
24.68%
39
9.54%
4Based on the needs and priorities of funding agencies22
22.0%
17
7.23%
71
15.33%
166
35.32%
273
66.75%
5Other4
4.0%
5
2.13%
8
1.73%
9
1.91%
7
1.71%
Total responses: 568

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2.1Should the present level and quality of interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences be increased?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes40868.69%
2. No223.7%
3. Stay at the same level9115.32%
4. Don't know or not sure 7312.29%
Total594100%
Median:  1.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  594Maximum value:  4
2.2Is the academic community (including UCAR) organized adequately to carry out interdisciplinary research?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes18631.31%
2. No15325.76%
3. Don't know or not sure25542.93%
Total594100%
Median:  2.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  594Maximum value:  3
2.3Are the funding agencies organized adequately to support interdisciplinary research?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes8614.5%
2. No25943.68%
3. Don't know or not sure 24841.82%
Total593100%
Median:  2.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  593Maximum value:  3
2.4How far should UCAR/NCAR go toward interdisciplinary research?
OptionCountPercent
1. Too much, reduce a lot71.28%
2. Reduce somewhat254.55%
3. OK as is17431.69%
4. Increase somewhat27650.27%
5. Increase a lot6712.2%
Total549100%
Median:  4.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  549Maximum value:  5
3.1Do the atmospheric sciences attract and keep the best and brightest graduate students?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes14724.79%
2. No19332.55%
3. Don't know or not sure 25342.66%
Total593100%
Median:  2.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  593Maximum value:  3
3.3Are you aware of the UCAR student recruiting website, Discovering the Atmospheric Sciences?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes8614.65%
2. No50185.35%
Total587100%
Median:  2.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  587Maximum value:  2
3.4If yes, do you think it is useful?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes7842.39%
2. No84.35%
3. Not sure9853.26%
Total184100%
Median:  3.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  184Maximum value:  3
3.5Are you aware of the GEO Forum held in Washington in March 2004 and designed to attract graduate students into the geosciences?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes8013.91%
2. No49586.09%
Total575100%
Median:  2.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  575Maximum value:  2
3.6If yes, do you think similar forums should be carried out in the future in different parts of the country?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes9439.0%
2. No135.39%
3. Not sure13455.6%
Total241100%
Median:  3.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  241Maximum value:  3
4.1Some members of the community have expressed concern that there is not enough effort in the universities being devoted to the development of instrumentation or to education on the sources and use of observational data. What is your estimate of the degree of this problem?
OptionCountPercent
1. A significant problem 23041.59%
2. A minor problem 27750.09%
3. Not a problem 468.32%
Total553100%
Median:  2.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  553Maximum value:  3
4.3More generally, is the distribution of research effort, at UCAR and in the universities, appropriately divided among field research, modeling, theory, and laboratory work?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes33567.81%
2. No15932.19%
Total494100%
Median:  1.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  494Maximum value:  2
5.1Do you personally collaborate or work with the private sector?
OptionCountPercent
1. Yes17731.16%
2. No39168.84%
Total568100%
Median:  2.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  568Maximum value:  2
5.2On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, how would you rate the present quality of interactions among these sectors?
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2
3
4
5
6
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2Academic-government8
8.42%
46
14.84%
160
29.68%
208
53.75%
75
70.75%
3Academic-private sector41
43.16%
157
50.65%
186
34.51%
81
20.93%
8
7.55%
4Government-private sector46
48.42%
107
34.52%
193
35.81%
98
25.32%
23
21.7%
Total responses: 501

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7.2What additional or increased areas of service to the community should UCAR consider? (Please check all that apply.)
OptionCountPercent
1. Observational facilities1719.15%
2. Computational facilities1538.19%
3. Instrumentation1266.74%
4. Community models22211.88%
5. Data sets or data streams25813.8%
6. Educational and/or training materials20911.18%
7. Support for field programs (planning, logistics, operations, and data management)1276.8%
8. Advocacy on behalf of community priorities1125.99%
9. Provision of real-time data to universities1749.31%
10. Community workshops on topics of interest1839.79%
11. Help with recruiting of graduate students1095.83%
12. None of the above 120.64%
13. Other (please list):130.7%
Total1869100%
Median:  6.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  462Maximum value:  13
7.3Which of the following activities would you like to participate in? (Please check all that apply.)
OptionCountPercent
1. Governance (Advisory committees, Member Committees, Trustees, reviewer) 1169.52%
2. Collaboration with UCAR scientists, educators or other staff.30224.79%
3. Participation in UCAR educational activities15812.97%
4. User of UCAR observational facilities13911.41%
5. User of UCAR computational facilities17714.53%
6. User of UCAR community models27422.5%
7. None of the above 483.94%
8. Other:40.33%
Total1218100%
Median:  4.0Minimum value:  1
Total responses:  481Maximum value:  8