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Break-Out Sessions will be on Tuesday, 9 October from 3:45pm - 5:30pm.
Please Note: This session is currently full.
This group will focus on: What is an earth system model?; What is needed to create one?; How could they be used most effectively by researchers, users, and policymakers? What are the scientific questions that should be addressed through such models? The session will identify the respective UCAR and university roles, possible goals, and next steps.
UCAR Members participating in this session will engage in discussions regarding NCAR and UCAR plans for maintaining the availability of scientific computing and data services to the university community. A particular focus of the session will be discussion of the project to replace the obsolete Mesa Laboratory supercomputing facility, and a status report on the proposed NCAR-Wyoming data center project partnership will be given. Representatives of the Wyoming partnership delegation will participate in the session to discuss Wyoming's role within the project and to interact with, and answer questions from, the Members.
The following questions will be addressed during this session:
Participants are also encouraged to come prepared with additional questions to be discussed as a group.
The UCAR members are invited to participate in a discussion of new observing system needs, opportunities, and possibilities. The focus will be on tools and techniques related to airborne and ground-based remote sensing. Participants will be invited to inform the group of initiatives under development, planned, or just under discussion to meet community needs. Results from the NSF Facilities Assessment Workshop will be presented with emphasis on observational gaps and opportunities identified by the Assessment committee. A discussion will be held about the necessary balance of resources between deploying current observing systems and developing new instrumentation. The group will be asked to consider priorities and discuss next steps in the development, implementation and support for our national observing facilities.
In order for this to be dynamic and interesting session, we encourage you to present development initiatives or ideas. Please contact the co-chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than 24 September 2007 if you would like to submit a short presentation. In addition, participants are encouraged to bring along 1-2 page handouts of facilities and initiatives that will be included in the discussion.
The goal of this discussion is to develop a concrete plan for systemic change in the demographics of the atmospheric science workforce.
Questions to address include:
Given the increasing impact of humans on the Earth system and growing consensus on changes in Earth’s climate that will result from the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, it is critically important that the public understand fundamental concepts about the atmosphere and climate, and their relationship to the Earth system. Without a public that is scientifically literate in these areas, we will not have a citizenry that can make informed decisions in the critical decades ahead. In order to ensure scientifically literacy, it's important for atmospheric and climate scientists and educators to develop agreement about what such literacy means and what is needed to attain it.
The education breakout group will seek input and participation from UCAR members on a new initiative recently sponsored by NSF to develop a framework for atmospheric science and climate literacy. The workshop, which will occur Nov 27-29 at UCAR, is intended to involve both the scientific and education communities to develop agreement on the essential understandings needed by the public and students in order to become scientifically literate in this area, as well as to be prepared for university level study. Building on this effort, the education breakout group also provides an opportunity to discuss the preparation needed for the next generation of atmospheric and climate scientists at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Are university curricula providing the right balance of course work and research in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts?
The NCAR Library is embarking on a strategic planning process that will guide the development of the next generation of library services for our community. We are seeking the participation of the broad UCAR community in the development of this plan. Questions to be discussed in this session include:
An update of the library strategic planning process to date will also be presented.
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