to the website for information on, and registration for the UCAR 2000
Annual Meeting Forum!
Over this past year,
we have marked the 40th anniversary of UCAR and NCAR through
a wide-variety of activities. One of the most important of these began
a year ago at the October 1999 Annual Meeting Forum sessions when we considered
the following question:
the universities and UCAR/NCAR, working in partnership with the rest
of the atmospheric sciences community, evolve to meet the highest priority
challenges and opportunities of the next several decades?
During the 1999
Forum, we drew on the findings from the 1998 BASC report--The Atmospheric
Sciences Entering the Twenty-first Century--and the NSF Geosciences
Beyond 2000 report--Understanding and Predicting Earth's Environment
and Habitability--to set the framework for discussion of this question.
A wide-reaching set of issues emerged.
These issues formed
the basis for a community survey, sent this past May to over 2000 members
of the broad atmospheric and related sciences community.
During this year's
Forum, we plan to focus on how UCAR and the community can work together
to address the following five key issues identified in the 1999 Forum
and the community survey:
Facilities/Instrumentation/Field Program Support
- Computing Facilities/Community
and Archived Data-Data Sets, Data Streams
- Education and
- Recruiting Graduate
Students into the atmospheric and related sciences
We will break-out
into groups to discuss these areas. Community members and members of the
University Relations Committee
will chair the sessions and summarize what the survey indicated about
these five areas. UCAR staff will make presentations on current UCAR activities
in these areas and how UCAR plans to respond to the community comments.
We will solicit feedback on the UCAR plans and incorporate this feedback
into UCAR planning activities, including preparation of a new NCAR strategic
plan and a UCAR strategic plan for education and outreach. So your participation
in the breakout sessions is important!
Please use the site
below to register by 3 October. We ask that you submit a request for your
first and second choice of breakout sessionsówe will do our best to give
you your first choice.
If you have any
questions, please don't hesitate to contact Susan Friberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)