CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
TUESDAY, 12 OCTOBER
1. CALL TO ORDER,
WELCOME AND AGENDA REVIEW
The Annual Meeting
of the UCAR Members was called to order by Trustee Chairman Len Fisk at
1:00 pm on Tuesday, 12 October, in the Main Seminar Room at the Mesa Laboratory
in Boulder, Colorado. Fisk welcomed members of the UCAR Board of Trustees,
Members' Representatives (56 of the 63 institutions were represented),
Academic Affiliates' representatives, members of the University Relations
Committee, NSF colleagues and guests. After reviewing the agenda, it
was regularly moved, seconded, and passed to adopt the agenda for the
12-13 October Members' meeting as presented.
all or portions of the meeting were the following Members' Representatives
and officially-appointed substitutes:
Alabama in Huntsville
John D. Fix,
Richard T. McNider
Glenn E. Shaw
Kenneth L. Demerjian,
Vincent P. Idone
California at Davis
Richard D. Grotjahn
California at Irvine
California at Los Angeles
Robert E. Sievers,
Stephen A. Rutledge,
Kerry H. Cook
Michael A. Gealt,
Frederick B. House
Anne E. Rowe,
Peter S. Ray
Derek M. Cunnold,
Robert G. Roper
Thomas A. Schroeder
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David L. McGinnis
Iowa State University
William J. Gutowski,
Gary K. Ostrander
Maryland at College Park
Otis Brown, Claes
Lennard A. Fisk
Carlyle H. Wash
Blaine L. Blad
David E. Kingsmill
New Mexico Institute
of Mining and Technology
Thomas L. Kieft,
William P. Winn
New York University
David M. Holland,
Ohio State University
John H. Hall,
Jay S. Hobgood
Carr, T.H. Lee Williams
Michael R. Dingerson
Jeffrey R. Barnes
John A. Dutton,
Dennis W. Thomson
Ernest M. Agee,
Robert A. Greenkorn
John T. Merrill
Arthur A. Few
Saint Louis University
Frank Y-J. Lin
of California, San Diego
Richard C. J.
Mary Jo Richardson
Texas at Austin
Clark R. Wilson
Texas Tech University
Richard E. Peterson
Steven K. Krueger,
Utah State University
Robert W. Schunk
Matthew H. Hitchman
Woods Hole Oceanographic
Peter A. Taylor
all or portions of the meeting were the following Academic Affiliates:
Paul J. Croft
Louisiana at Monroe
Lynn L. LeBlanc
Nolan T. Atkins
Juan F. Arratia
University of Pennsylvania
St. Cloud State
San Jose State
School of Mines & Technology
David R. Smith
Ron Smith's absence, Jack Fellows, Vice President for Corporate Affairs,
asked for approval of the minutes from the October 1998 Annual Members'
Meeting. It was regularly moved, seconded, and passed to adopt the
minutes as submitted.
Hutton presented the Consolidated Statement of Funding and Expenditures
for eleven months, ending on 31 August 1999. She noted that we have received
the majority of FY99 funding from NSF, with an increase of $7M, $3M of
which is for the refurbishment of the Mesa Lab. The General Fund continues
to increase, benefiting from a very positive investment climate. The balance
in the investment portfolio is being changed per recommendations by the
Audit and Finance Committee in July. Further diversification is being
done by investing more heavily in global and international funds. Hutton
also reported that UCAR has an increased number of higher risk projects
this year, and as a result, prespending is being watched very closely.
It was regularly moved, seconded, and passed to receive the Treasurer's
4. ELECTION OF
stated that because Deloitte and Touch have been our auditors for a number
of years, the Board looked at other audit firms before deciding to recommended
re-engaging Deloitte and Touche for the FY00 audit. However, UCAR will
change audit managers. It was regularly moved, seconded, and passed
to elect Deloitte and Touche as UCAR's corporate auditors for FY00.
5. RICHARD GREENFIELD
AND ROBERT SERAFIN REMARKS
This time on
the agenda was provided for remarks by Richard Greenfield, recently retired
as ATM/NSF Director, and Robert Serafin, who is retiring as NCAR Director
he is taking a new position at the American Meteorological Society, leading
the recently established Atmospheric Policy Program (APP). During remarks
to the Members, he said that there is no comprehensive approach to atmospheric
policy studies and no systematic body of scholarly work in this area,
nor are there any institutions where students and professionals can be
exposed to, and educated in, the complexities of atmospheric policy. This
program hopes to fill some of those gaps. The general goals of this program
will be to: ensure broad support of students; conduct research on public
policy issues and provide education on those issues; contribute to informed
policy decisions; and help develop a new generation of leaders who appreciate
the complexity of atmospheric sciences and can help make more informed
decisions on issues relating to the atmosphere. Establishment of a Congressional
Fellows Program, summer colloquium, seminars and course materials would
be part of the overall program to educate the graduate students, mid-career
professionals and non-meteorology professionals who would participate
in the APP. (Further details on the APP can be found at http://www.ametsoc.org/AMS/atmospolicy/appdescription.html
NCAR Director Robert
Serafin said that NCAR is in good shape and has more collaborative projects
and programs with the universities than ever before. This is due partly
to the oversight of the URC which has helped produce more collaboration
and more diversity in the programs and disciplines. NCAR is taking a leadership
role in computing. There is also an increased understanding of the societal
relevance of our science as well as a broadened educational mission during
his tenure as Director. The quality of field programs such as the recent
Mesoscale Alpine Program (MAP) is very high. Recognition of the caliber
of NCAR staff by the community continues. In the future, Serafin said
he foresees greater integration of observational systems, data, information
technology, research and operations, and stronger collaborations with
scientists around the world.
report, Fisk read the following Board of Trustees Resolution of Appreciation
which had been passed at the UCAR Board of Trustees Meeting the previous
of Appreciation for Robert J. Serafin
Bob Serafin has announced his decision to step down as Director of NCAR
on February 1, 2000; and
this will mark Bob's 26th year at NCAR and 10 years as NCAR's Director;
during his tenure, he has tirelessly advocated and promoted NCAR's interests
and accomplishments, expanding the program in atmospheric and related
sciences and supporting the development, acquisition and deployment of
state-of-the-art facilities in service to NCAR and the broader university
and research related community;
his keen mind, his leadership skills, and his superb grasp of the scientific
and administrative complexities of this organization, and indeed of the
whole of the geosciences' discipline, have clearly advanced our communities'
resources and capabilities;
LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the members of the Board of Trustees, along
with the UCAR staff who have worked so closely with Bob, express to him
their deeply felt thanks for his leadership these past ten years as Director
of NCAR and wish him all the best in the years ahead.
God Speed, Bob!
6. SCIENCE ADVOCACY:
SHAPING THE FUTURE
Richard Anthes said that UCAR has been very active this past year in advocating
for a strong science budget in this country. He acknowledged Lewis-Burke
Associates in Washington; Kathryn Schmoll, Vice President of Finance &
Administration, and Fellows for their hard work in this area. Anthes said
that the large number of community members who have responded to his congressional
action alerts have made a difference.
giant pencils as gifts and reminders of their efforts and communications
to Congress to Gary Ostrander (John Hopkins U), Fred Stafford (U of Chicago)
and Ben Herman (U of Arizona). Anthes reported that Ghassam Asrar, Director
of NASA's Earth Science office, said that the letters and phone calls
from the community improved the outcome of the NASA budget. Anthes encouraged
more Members' Representatives to communicate with their members of Congress,
to become involved in briefings on the Hill, to visit their Congressional
members and staff, and to testify before Congress. He asked the Members
and Affiliates to contact Fellows, Cindy Schmidt, Laura Curtis, or himself
with their interest..
Skaggs then discussed the importance of building relationships with your
Congresspeople, especially the staff who deal with scientific issues.
He distributed a booklet called Proactive Atmospheric Legislative Strategy
(PALS) which offered guidelines on staying in touch with Congressional
members and staff. We need to help them see why they should pay attention
to science issues. UCAR, being in the health, safety and survival business,
is very significant to the welfare of this country and its citizenry,
7. UCAR FORUM:
the schedule of the forum and also the schedule for the next year. He
said that this is an opportunity not only to celebrate the 40th
anniversary of UCAR, but also to engage the community in deciding the
priorities and challenges facing the community in the future. Input from
today's forum will be used to help design a survey to be sent to the community
during the next year.
Address - John Firor
read the following Resolution for Dr. John Firor, the next speaker, which
conferred on him the title of NCAR Senior Scientist and Director Emeritus.
The Board of Trustees passed the following resolution unanimously at their
of Appreciation for John W. Firor
John Firor has served UCAR and NCAR with distinction and grace for 38
years. During those years, he has served as Director of the High Altitude
Observatory, Director of NCAR, Executive Director of NCAR, and later
as the Director of NCAR's well-respected Advanced Study Program. John
is an internationally regarded expert on public policy issues related
to the atmospheric sciences-particularly climate change and sustainable
John's clear mind, keen perceptions, and warm sense of humor have guided
the organization well, and provided a role model for countless scientists
and administrators. Specifically, his steady influence and wise counsel
over the years have helped to weave societal concerns into the fabric
of NCAR science.
the Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research with
great pleasure on the 12th day of October 1999 recognize John's accomplishments
and confer on him the title of Senior Scientist and NCAR Director Emeritus.
We offer our sincere gratitude for his work over the years, and expect
continued association for many more. John has distinguished himself,
and thus, this organization through his association with it.
Thank you, John!
Using the evolution
of the NCAR and UCAR mission statements, Firor gave a history of NCAR,
marking its development as an intellectual center, and as part of the
general intellectual activity in atmospheric research in this county.
He said there are at least two kinds of trends that should, and do, influence
the NCAR mission--trends in the nature of the science we are engaged upon,
and changes that occur in the political, financial, and institutional
context in which the work is to be carried out. He strongly urged that
"NCAR continue to expand its efforts to assemble, from universities or
where ever the skills reside, the groups needed to match our science more
closely to the real world so that we can be an important force in showing
the human race how it can live in long term harmony with this marvelously
intricate world in which we find ourselves."
on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) Report - John Dutton
(Penn State), Chairman of the UCAR Foundation, briefly reviewed the Board
on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) report, "The Atmospheric Sciences
- Entering the 21st Century", and its recommendations for contributions
to the national well-being in four areas: protection of life and property;
maintaining environmental quality; enhancing national economic vitality;
and, strengthening fundamental understanding. He stated that although
true interdisciplinary work continues to be difficult, it is a critical
factor to the future of atmospheric sciences.
Geosciences Beyond 2000 - Understanding and Predicting Earth's Environment
and Habitability" - Robert Corell
Robert Corell, Assistant
Director, GEO/ATM/NSF, reviewed the report, "NSF Geosciences Beyond 2000
- Understanding and Predicting Earth's Environment and Habitability".
Corell said there are four issues that get the attention of Congress:
(a) health; (b) safety for people and institutions from natural hazards
that challenge investments; (c) jobs and the environment; and (d) climate.
He said that these issues have to move out of the political arena and
into the everyday lives of people and institutions. The atmospheric sciences
must integrate with other sciences to focus on scientific problems and
environmental issues, enhance disciplinary research, strengthen interdisciplinary
research, and increase long-term research support. The priorities for
GEO are science, infrastructure, new technology, new partnerships, and
The Members, Affiliates
and the URC broke out into the following sessions:
Life and Property - co-chairs: Maura Hagan (HAO/NCAR) and Kelvin
Droegemeier (U of Oklahoma)
Environmental Quality - co-chairs: Linda Mearns (ESIG/NCAR) and Ken
Demerjian (SUNY, Albany)
Economic Vitality - co-chairs: Bob Harriss (ESIG/NCAR) and Jerry
North (Texas A&M)
Fundamental Understanding - co-chairs: Guy Brasseur (ACD/NCAR) and Kerry
outlined the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the Trustees as an
introduction to the Nominating Committee Report. Otis Brown, Chairman
of the Nominating Committee, reported that the Nominating Committee met
in Boulder on 27 May 1999 with all members in attendance. A mail survey
had been conducted to solicit suggestions for nominations from the Members'
Representatives and others for Trustee and Member committee slates; the
results were compiled and provided to the Committee in advance of the
meeting. The following slates were the result of their deliberations:
The slate of
Institutional Trustees and Trustee-at-Large is as follows:
- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School
Candace Corvey -
University of New Hampshire
Chester Gardner -
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of California at San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Mary Jo Richardson
- Texas A&M University
Ronald Smith - Yale
- University of Arizona
McPherson, American Meteorological Society
and recommended the voting procedure used in the past several years
The four candidates
receiving the highest majorities will be elected Trustees. If all four
positions are filled on the first ballot, the election is complete. If
fewer than four Trustees are elected on the first ballot, then the name(s)
of those so elected will be removed from the ballot, and an additional
ballot or ballots will be taken until all Trustee positions are filled.
It was regularly
moved, seconded, and passed to adopt the voting procedure as proposed.
Fisk then recommended
that Steve Dickson and Kathy Strand be appointed as tellers. It was
regularly moved, seconded, and passed to appoint Steve Dickson and Kathy
Strand as tellers.
adoption of the slate of Trustee candidates. It was moved and seconded
to close the nominations, and to adopt the slate. There being no nominations
from the floor, the motion passed.
were announced later in the meeting but are reported here for convenience:
nominations were submitted for UCAR Members' committees:
Committee (Three-year Term)
- Oregon State University
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Millersville University of Pennsylvania
of the Membership Committee are:
- York University (2001)
- University of Washington (2000)
- St. Cloud State University (2000)
Joyce Penner -
University of Michigan (2000)
Mary Jo Richardson,
Chairwoman - Texas A&M University (2001)
Committee (Three-Year Term)
Pickering - University of Maryland
Seth Stein - Northwestern
Gene Takle - Iowa
members of the University Relations Committee are:
- Lamont-Doherty (2000)
- University of Arizona (2000)
Bretherton - University of Washington (2001)
- Millersville University of Pennsylvania (2000)
Judy Curry - University
of Colorado (2000)
Jeff Dozier -
University of California, Santa Barbara (2000)
Chairman - University of Oklahoma (2001)
- University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001)
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001)
Nominating Committee (One-Year Term)
- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School
Arthur Few - Rice
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
John Merrill -
University of Rhode Island
- University of California, Los Angeles
Chairwoman - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
There were no
nominations from the floor. It was moved, seconded, and passed to elect
the slate of Members' committees as submitted.
Mary Jo Richardson
(Texas A&M), Chairwoman of the Membership Committee, reported on the
committee's activities: the review of application materials for the 10
universities up for Membership renewal. She reviewed the Membership Criteria
and reported that the Committee recommended re-election of the following
universities to UCAR Membership for eight-year terms beginning in January
2000. It was moved, seconded, and passed to re-elect the California
Institute of Technology, University of California-Davis, Georgia Institute
of Technology, McGill University, Naval Postgraduate School, University
of Nevada, University of New Hampshire, Oregon State University, Purdue
University, and Utah State University.
RELATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT
the charge to the committee, and acknowledging the members of the URC,
Chairman Kelvin Droegemeier pointed out that one of the URC's main activities
over the years has been to review NCAR's and UOP's non-core proposals.
The committee found that the past year's proposals have met the established
guidelines with need expressed for more letters from external collaborators.
Also noted by the committee was the rising number of joint proposals with
universities and proposals for instrumentation development.
The NCAR Advanced
Study Program postdoctoral selection process was also a topic addressed
by the URC, especially the disproportionate number of postdocs selected
from the University of Colorado. The committee concluded that while there
was a bias toward CU for geographical reasons, the current selection process
should be maintained with more effort, both from UCAR and the universities,
placed in advertising the positions so a broader pool of candidates will
be identified. The URC also continued to address instrumentation development
at universities, and reviewed the UCAR Advocacy plans. Droegemeier said
that in this coming year the committee will be involved in advocating
graduate study in the atmospheric sciences and in educating the university
committee on the programs and opportunities that exist at NCAR/UCAR .
UPDATE AND UCAR ADVOCACY STRATEGY REPORT
Lewis-Burke Associates, updated the Members on the Federal budget and
science funding issues. The NSF budget is healthy, she said, and includes
$10M for the HIAPER aircraft. Much of the increase in the NSF budget is
in information technology and biocomplexity. Regarding the NASA budget,
Burke said, although the budget looked bleak early on, the community's
input helped to turn that around.
the list of advocacy items approved by the BOT at their July meeting and
reviewed the overarching principles used in selecting the advocacy activities
(a) It needs
to be relevant to the entire community;
(b) With our
limited resources, we want to focus on areas where we have a good chance
of positively influencing the outcome of legislation.
Fellows asked for
feedback from the Members on the list of advocacy items and also asked
them to contact either himself or Schmidt with additional suggestions.
The BOT makes the final decision on what items are supported. Fellows
thanked the Members for their participation in the advocacy efforts this
past year and expressed his hope that more Members will participate this
12. STATUS REPORTS
A. UCAR Board
of Trustee's Chairman's Report
updated the Members on the following issues:
- Legislative activities:
Fisk said that, in his opinion, this community has positively influenced
Congressional action this budget cycle, especially related to NSF and
NASA allocations-and that we should "keep it up."
- Code Assessment
Panel: UCAR/NCAR responded to this report, and is now writing a strategic
plan for large-scale simulation in response to the report's recommendations.
- The BOT took action
on a number of personnel issues: they approved the 3% salary increase
range movement and the 4% overall salary budget; they approved the new
Senior Scientists Elliot Atlas, James Hack, Robert Harriss, and Doug Nychka
and the new Affiliate Scientists, Michael Newchurch and Bjorn Stevens.
- NRC Ranking Study:
This may be pursued in the Spring of 2000. UCAR may have a role in the
preliminary information gathering and implementation decisions prior to
the survey development.
- COSMIC: Fisk reported
that, due to the nature of possible financial risk involved, the Board
urged UCAR to proceed cautiously with this project, and wishes to hear
status updates at each Board meeting.
- AMS/UCAR Congressional
Fellowship: At the request of the AAAS, UCAR and the AMS made the concession
to drop UCAR from the Fellowship title and call it the AMS Congressional
Fellowship. UCAR will continue, however, to be involved in the activity,
and will be a co-sponsor along with the AMS.
- 40th Anniversary
Celebration and Forum: Next year will be UCAR/NCAR's 40th anniversary,
NSF's 50th, and HAO's 60th anniversary. The Forum discussions at the Members'
Meeting will kickoff the events of a year-long celebration.
- Advocacy Activities:
The focus in the upcoming months will be on educating the presidential
candidates. The AMS and UCAR will jointly prepare a "awareness document"
for candidates' use, and to educate them on weather and climate issues.
A somewhat longer document will be prepared for the next Administration's
- Student Recruitment
Issues: the Board is concerned about declining graduate school enrollments
and possibly about a decline in the quality of graduate students. UCAR
Trustees under the leadership of David Houghton, Dennis Thomson and Gabor
Vali are investigating these issues.
- The BOT presented
Anthes with a special award to recognize the outstanding job he has done,
and is doing as President of UCAR.
Cliff Jacobs, Section
Head of UCAR and Lower Atmospheric Facilities Section, ATM/NSF, reported
on the following items:
- Selection of Margaret
Leinen (U of Rhode Island) as the new Geosciences Assistant Director.
She will begin her new position in January 2000.
- Search process
for ATM Director: The search committee will pare down the applicant list
in early November and, a selection will likely be made before the end
of this year. The selection will be done in consultation with NSF Director
Rita Colwell and Leinen.
- The NSF FY2000
budget: NSF's FY2000 budget of $3,910M is an increase of 6.5% over FY99,
with Research and Related receiving a 7.1% increase ($200M) and MRE 5.5%.
Jacobs pointed out that $240M of Research and Related's budget are earmarked
funds, and that the MRE account received an additional $10M for HIAPER
and $36M for terrascale computing.
- Overview of the
recent NSF Code Assessment Panel review and report: Jacobs reported that
a panel was convened to assess performance and scalability of large simulation
codes at NCAR. The panel recommended, among other things, that NCAR develop
a vision for computational science leadership in support of its science
mission, addressing issues of hardware plans, software development and
practices. The panel asked that NCAR strengthen its computational science
technologies by re-examining the mix of computational scientists and applied
- FASTLANE: FastLane
is an interactive real-time system used to conduct NSF business over the
Internet. Jacobs asked the Members to please provide feedback on FASTLANE
and how it is working for them.
UCAR President Richard
Anthes, after noting that his, and the NCAR and UOP Directors' complete
reports are on the web, reported on the following UCAR, NCAR and UOP activities
- Academic Affiliates:
Anthes said this group is a very valuable part of the community. They
have a big impact on the quality and quantity of graduate students going
into the atmospheric and related sciences' Ph.D. programs.
- COSMIC: Major
progress is being made on the science and developing algorithms for open-loop
tracking of the GPS radio signals in the lower atmosphere. However, the
negotiations for the contract with Taiwan are proving to be more difficult.
- Boulder Research
and Administrative Network (BRAN): BRAN is an 11 mile fiber-optic network
between UCAR, NOAA, NIST, CU and the City of Boulder and is slated to
be fully operational by or before May 2000.
- Finance and Administration
activities: Y2K planning is on schedule and contingency plans are being
developed; Mesa Lab refurbishment is progressing; UCAR's FY2000 Indirect
Rate Proposal was approved by NSF in record time, and early next year,
F&A staff are slated to move to a different site because of scientific
divisions' need for space at Foothills lab.
- SOARS update:
This highly successful program, in its fourth year with 40 universities
participating, had 24 students this past summer participating in the ten-week
summer internship component of SOARS. A video featuring SOARS proteges
and mentors will be ready for broadcast and classroom use early in 2000.
- HIAPER: This advanced
airborne research platform was appropriated $10M in FY2000 from NSF's
MRE fund. A website has been developed to allow the scientific community
to monitor the progress of this acquisition and can be found at http://www.atd.ucar.edu/dir_off/hiaper/index.html.
Anthes said HIAPER was possible only because of the tremendous amount
of preparation done by the staff at NCAR and the input from the community.
Update: A history of supercomputing was given, culminating with the most
recent acquisition in August, an IBM RS/6000 SP ("blackforest"). This
acquisition is the first step in the move toward clustered computing and
the "blackforest" will be available for production computing by early
- ACD Director Search
Process: Brasseur will step down as ACD Director the first of January
2000 to take the position of Director at the Max Planck Institute for
Meteorology in Hamburg. A search committee, chaired by Susan Solomon (NOAA),
has been selected and the position will be advertised in a number of pertinent
- NCAR Director
Search: The search committee, chaired by Joe Klemp (MMM/NCAR), hopes to
announce a new director by February/March 2000. The position, with a soft
closing date of 1 October, has been widely advertised and the committee
has been pro-active in seeking applications.
- COMET: The 10th
anniversary of COMET will be celebrated this year. COMET supports a web-based
education and training program for NWS as well as creating new CDs and
- PAGE: PAGE is
developing a Geosciences Digital Library which will help faculty find,
evaluate, use and create resources that support active learning in undergraduate
Earth systems science. Also under development is the Virtual Exploratorium
project which will develop/test a prototype undergraduate learning model
centered on scientific visualization and provide needed tools/training
to use the model.
- VSP: This is the
10th year of the VSP and there are over 70 postdocs with up
to 20 new postdoc opportunities possible for the coming year.
- JOSS: Current
and ongoing field projects include the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX),
Mesoscale Alpine Program (MAP), CODIAC data management system, Aerosol
Characterization Experiment (ACE)
- Unidata: There
is a huge growth in Internet Data distribution and new data sets continue
to be added.
- Suominet: This
real-time, university-based, national GPS network for atmospheric and
geoscience research has been funded by NSF.
- IITA - This program
is helping UCAR adapt to new information technologies.
13. UCAR FORUM:
of the four break-out sessions presented the reports of discussions held
the day before.
of Life and Property - Kelvin Droegemeier (University of OK and Maura
reported on the Protection of Life and Property group's discussion and
the role that universities and UCAR/NCAR/UOP might play. Following are
issues which need to be addressed.
partnerships with the private sector while engaging the agencies.
- Assess the
needs of users, including commercial and citizens.
- Develop specific
goals to meet the needs.
- Craft a research
agenda that responds to the prioritized goals.
- Conduct understanding-driven
research, ideally in partnership with the operational community and the
- Conduct proof
of concept testing to prove viability of new techniques and systems.
- Convey knowledge
and share technological advances (research to operations).
- Iterate on
the process, assess and improve.
continue to be "business as usual". Barriers to progress include:
and few paths to operations.
interactions and cooperation.
- Walls between
the private sector and other communities.
- Historical inertia
must be overcome; open mindedness must prevail as well as being open to
new technologies. Opportunities as well as challenges must not be bypassed.
And finally, Droegemeier
noted that the group thought that community models must be evaluated and
validated to establish confidence in them. Information from the science
community must be better distributed to the public.
Environmental Quality - Linda Mearns (ESIG/NCAR and Ken Demerjian
the Maintaining Environmental Quality group's discussion. She reported
that although they were a diverse group, the consensus was that improvement
in interdisciplinary research and integration of research was critical.
They also agreed that there is a lack of mechanisms for fostering this
kind of research within NSF as well as fostering appropriate coordination
across agencies and programs. There is a need for interdisciplinary data
access and integration of data sets. There is no integrated system to
make data available to the broader community and to explain how to access
and use the data.
Related to the
data issue is instrumentation and how to create instrumentation for use
by a number of disciplines to get more "bang for the buck". The TOGA-COARE
project is a good example of instrumentation created to serve a variety
of research purposes. What's lacking is training for instrument specialists
and users of the resulting observations (perhaps have a traveling instrumentation
class?). Also needed is further integration of observations with modeling
needs in the appropriate temporal and spatial scales.
The group asked
if the atmospheric community has pushed the envelope enough in developing
new technology and discussed how to stimulate dialogue between this community
and the technical development community. A key concern was to be able
to make observations in one discipline that can be well understood in
another discipline. NOAA's Human Dimensions Program was discussed as a
small example of working across disciplines.
National Economic Vitality - Robert Harriss (Director-ESIG/NCAR)
the Enhancing National Economic Vitality group's discussions, which focussed
on three areas: (1) strategic alliances (2) learning how to work with
partners in developing alliances (3) human resources.
alliances: broader and deeper strategic alliances in business and the
public policy sector are needed to understand the public need. The process
of building partnerships must be based on a continuous dialogue. Start
with obvious industries such as agriculture, energy, transportation and
look at which research and technologies that will best serve that industry.
For example, key technologies which would assist agribusiness industry
are such things as global positioning satellites, continuous yield measurements,
remote sensing, high precision weather information, and geographic information
how to work with partners in developing alliances: Opportunities for expanding
partnerships should be explored in areas related to emissions, health
sciences and policy, recreation and weather derivatives. It's important
to document success stories and make sure these reach a broad audience,
especially in non-traditional media that reach new customers. These success
stories can also be used in explaining to Congress how our community's
research helps to maintain economic vitality. We also need to work closely
with partners in business and public policy to design and produce prototype
concepts for innovative, customized applications for a whole industry.
We also need to establish stronger ties to university colleagues as well
as those in business. Data and patent issues will be challenging.
(3) Human resources:
An important question to consider is whether the current academic infrastructure
is adequate for implementing the above recommendations.
made the following points:
- The atmospheric
science community gave birth to the new field of industrial ecology. New
journals were developed which helped to circulate the success stories
and the lessons learned.
make a huge difference. NSF has funded a few broad multidisciplinary projects
that meet the needs of public policy.
of our economy. A single missed forecast--for example, a huge snowfall
at an airport in Seattle--can cost a company like Fed Ex $12 M in
is another industry where time is of the essence. Our community needs
to talk to them about how to best deal with extreme weather.
Fundamental Understanding - Guy Brasseur (Director-ACD/NCAR) and Kerry
The group addressed
the question on why it is important for the country to have a strong fundamental
research activity. Emanual said there were two primary concerns: the institutionalization
of science and the diminishing quality and quantity of students. There
is concern that fundamental science is being compromised by large named
programs. Pressure to maintain the status quo of these large programs
is strong because it is easy for science managers to sell them to Congress.
Applied research has yielded some unexpected results. It's much easier
to get funding, especially from NSF, for an application-driven major program.
Data on the diminishing quality and quantity of students entering the
atmospheric sciences is mostly anecdotal; the group expressed hope that
UCAR could help find a way to get more specific and concrete data on this
issue. Students who do have a strong background in physics and mathematics
are not going into meteorology. There is a sense that competition for
the best and brightest students is getting much tougher in all fields
of science. The group asked if UCAR could help in the general recruitment
of students into our discipline and also, could UCAR do a survey about
meteorology graduates, tracking where they are working, for example.
about all four areas continued. There is a growing recognition that this
community is relevant to the economics of the nation. For example, universities,
government agencies and industries in Canada formed partnerships and developed
"centers of excellence" to study the air pollution problem addressing
atmospheric, health and economics issues. A network of centers of excellence
would have top researchers and their own graduate students. The community
is being asked for integrative tools for air quality research. Customers
along both sides of the border of Mexico are seeking these tools. On these
and other issues, the atmospheric sciences, business, and environmental
regulators need to work together. Policy issues and patents need to be
worked out; all universities are facing the issue of intellectual property.
the BASC report highlights two imperatives: making the best use of observations
and developing new instrument systems and facilities. What's the optimal
mix? A suggestion was to use NCAR as a model of instrumentation; perhaps
UCAR could be the bridge for linking universities in one region to another.
There is a lot of opportunity within NASA and NOAA to develop partnerships
for instrumentation development. There should be some way that the community
could partner with NSF on instrumentation development.
NSF could identify
interdisciplinary areas and offer appointments across disciplines; environmental
activity will reach across several disciplines and areas. If NSF receives
such a proposal, more than one division should review it. Virtual centers
like CCSM (the Community Climate System Model) should also be considered
to develop stronger partnerships between universities and NCAR. Information
technology will facilitate these types of collaborations like never before.
Rich Clark (Millersville
U) gave a report on the Academic Affiliates meeting. Their main agenda
item was instrument technology development and their view that funds for
this should be additional and not be taken from regular funding. The Academic
Affiliates, which were added in 1991, have gone through a maturation process
and are looking at how they can better interact and affect change within
the UCAR community since they represent a significant component of the
atmospheric science community.
Anthes, on behalf
of Bob Roesch (UCAR Human Resources Director), thanked the universities
who have participated in the annual salary survey and urged those universities
who have not yet completed their surveys, to please do so. The statistics
are very useful not only for UCAR but also to those universities who participate
in the survey.
that this is Robert Roper's (Georgia Institute of Technology) last Members'
meeting since he is retiring soon. Fisk thanked Roper for his thoughtful
and wise participation, and the model he presented in discussions by always
taking the high road in a constructive fashion. Roper stated that consensus
can be built better at these meetings than with any other group within
adjourned at 2:45pm.
End of Minutes ~
Ronald B. Smith
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