UCAR 2012 Annual Meetings

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Break Out Groups’ Assignments and White Papers

 

Thank you for agreeing to participate in the NCAR planning process. The discussions at the UCAR members meeting will be the first step towards creation of an updated NCAR strategic plan. We are very appreciative for your willingness to provide your perspectives on scientific challenges and opportunities facing NCAR and the broader atmospheric and related science community.

Our last plan, which was completed in 2009, was organized around a set of imperatives and frontiers. Imperatives are areas of activity that we consider essential for NCAR at any budget level, such as provision of observational and computational services and the conduct of research that underpins the development of predictive earth system models. Frontiers are new directions; emerging science opportunities and community service needs that NCAR should begin to address. We again intend to use these concepts to organize our new plan. We do not expect to make wholesale changes to our list of imperatives because we see their lifetime as much longer than 5 years, but do expect substantial updating of the priorities within each imperative area. Frontiers are more fluid. We expect that some of the frontiers in our last plan will become imperative priorities in our new plan, and that some new frontiers will be added.

At this stage in our process, we feel that a classic brainstorming session is in order. We are not yet seeking to establish new priorities or to forge a consensus, although ideas with strong support from large numbers of participants will carry substantial weight as we develop our plans. Our top-level aim for these sessions is rather to identify:

  1. Key emerging opportunities in science and service
  2. Significant challenges that demand responses
  3. Exciting potential extensions of current NCAR work
  4. Entirely new activities or areas of work that NCAR should consider

Breakout session chairs will have nine minutes to report on session findings in plenary, so when you report on your discussions, we would like to hear about the top 2-3 items in each of the four categories above. We of course welcome submission of a longer list of findings if your session results in such.

There is no perfect way to organize these kinds of discussions. We have tried to define broad topics for the sessions that mix science, facilities and services together but that are also traceable to one or more of our current imperative areas. We recognize that there is some degree of overlap among the different topics.

Our view is that breakout session chairs should not be overly concerned with enforcing boundaries in your discussions. As we have discussed with you verbally, we do think a short framing paper from the co-chairs would serve to stimulate discussion by putting some ideas on the table. We do want you to focus on the general topic, but you should feel free to take advantage of the opinions and expertise of your session participants in order to develop the best advice you can give us.

We do believe that it could be helpful to consider some criteria as you think about activities for NCAR, and offer the following for your consideration:

  • Scientific excitement and difficulty: NCAR should be working on difficult problems at the cutting edge of science.
  • Service to the scientific community: NCAR activities should benefit the larger scientific community by developing and providing services, facilities, and methods.
  • Societal relevance: NCAR should undertake research that is challenging and useful. Potential societal benefits are an important consideration in our planning.
  • Center appropriateness: NCAR should be working on large-scale, long duration projects, often in partnership with university scientists.

 

 

Data-centric Science: Platforms, Policies, and Petabytes

Session I - Wednesday, 17 October at 9:15 am
Session II - Wednesday, 17 October at 11:00 am
(Location: CG1, North bay of the Auditorium)
There will not be a Session I for this topic.
Mark Abbott
David Alexander
Andrew Detwiler
Ross Ellington
Sultan Hameed
Anthony Hansen
Lodovica Illari
Brad Marston
Mark Merrifield
Alan Robock
Robert Street
Charlie Zender
Sharon Zhong

 

Staff
John Caron
Ethan Davies
Teri Eastburn
Jim Edwards
David Hart
Lance Jones
Karon Kelly
Jonathan Lang
Mathew Mayernik
Don Middleton
Peter Schmitt
David Schneider
Leonard Sitongia
Gary Strand

Predictive Science for the Earth System and Solar-Terrestrial phenomena

Session I - Wednesday, 17 October at 9:15 am
(Location: CG1, Room 2503)
Session II - Wednesday, 17 October at 11:00 am
(Location: CG1, Room 2503)
Jennifer Adam
David Alexander
Sultan Hameed
Anthony Lupo
Richard Mower
Noboru Nakamura
Alan Robock
Harlan Spence
Donald Wuebbles

 

Staff
Jeff Anderson
Bill Mahoney
Scott McIntosh
Xinan Yue
Viney Aneja
Ave Arellano
Kenneth Eack
Steve Krueger
Nicole Mölders
Sumant Nigam
Wendell Nuss
Jefferson Snider
Xiaoqing Wu
Ping Yang

 

Staff
Frank Bryan
Jim Hurrell
Gang Lu
Rich Rotunno

Trans-disciplinary Science Addressing the Human Dimension

Session I - Wednesday, 17 October at 9:15 am
(Location: CG1, South bay of the Auditorium)
Session II - Wednesday, 17 October at 11:00 am
(Location: CG1, South bay of the Auditorium)
Ernest Agee
Rich Dixon
William Easterling
Bob Ellingson
Richard Grotjahn
Anthony Hansen
Redina Herman
Jay Hobgood
Suman Singha
David Smith
Fred Stafford
Alan Stewart
Kathy Young
Charlie Zender

 

Staff
Joan Burkepile
Janice Coen
Mary Hayden
Leiwin Jiang
Peter Lawrence
Rebecca Morss
Jennifer Adam
Kenneth Dewey
Eric Hoffman
Pamela Knox
Barry Lefer
Paul Lindseth
Rainer Lohmann
Anthony Lupo
James Miller
Richard Mower
Noboru Nakamura
Mike Poellot
Paula Schenck
Keah Schuenemann
Scott Spak
Chris Thorncroft
Christopher Weiss
Eric Wilcox

 

Staff
Sheldon Drobot
Heather Lazrus
Hanli Liu
Kathleen Miller
Xiaolin Ren
Paty Romero Lankao
Christine Wiedinmyer

Future Directions in Community Modeling: Science, Computer Technology, and Management

Session I - Wednesday, 17 October at 9:15 am
(Location: CG1, Room 2126)
Session II - Wednesday, 17 October at 11:00 am
(Location: CG1, Room 2126)
James Anderson
Steven Krueger
Brad Marston
James Miller
Nicole Mölders
Mike Newchurch
Sumant Nigam
Clinton Rowe
Karen Shell
Jefferson Snider
Robert Street
Xiaoqing Wu
Sharon Zhong

 

Staff
Fei Chen
Keith Lindsay
Mohan Ramamurthy
Simone Tilmes
Wenbin Wang
Ernest Agee
Gang Chen
William Easterling
Bob Ellingson
Baylor Fox-Kemper
Jake Gebbie
Richard Grotjahn
Song Lak Kang
Pallav Ray
Harlan Spence
Ryan Sriver
Donald Wuebbles

 

Staff
Gokhan Danabasoglu
Rosie Fisher
Alicia Karspeck
Bette Otto-Bliesner
David Patterson
Mathias Rempel

Observational and Experimental Research

Session I - Wednesday, 17 October at 9:15 am
(Location: CG1, Room 3131)
Session II - Wednesday, 17 October at 11:00 am
(Location: CG1, Room 3131)
Viney Aneja
Andrew Detwiler
Kenneth Eack
Donald Hagen
Eric Hoffman
Barry Lefer
Rainer Lohmann
Wendell Nuss
David Parsons
Mike Poellot
Scott Rochette
Chris Thorncroft
Christopher Weiss
Ping Yang

 

Staff
Rebecca Hornbrook
Steve Massie
Jielun Sun
Steve Tomczyk
James Anderson
Nolan Atkins
William Beasley
Eric Betterton
Jeffrey Collett
Phil Durkee
Gannet-Hallar
Saewung Kim
Mark Merrifield
Mike Newchurch
Clinton Rowe
Alfred Stamm
Betsy Stone
Andrew Thompson
Ruth Varner
Richard Wagner
Kathy Young

 

Staff
David Gochis
Jim Hannigan
John Hubbert
Joanie Kleypas
Jim Smith
Britt Stephens
Qian Wu

Integrating Research, Education, Diversity, and Engagement

Session I - Wednesday, 17 October at 9:15 am
(Location: CG1, Center bay of the Auditorium)
Session II - Wednesday, 17 October at 11:00 am
(Location: CG1, Center bay of the Auditorium)
Nolan Atkins
William Beasley
Eric Betterton
Jeffrey Collett
Kenneth Dewey
Phil Durkee
Ross Ellington
Gannet-Haller
Lodovica Illari
Pamela Knox
Paul Lindseth
Paula Schenck
Alfred Stamm
Ruth Varner
Richard Wagner

 

Staff
Wendy Abshire
Becca Hathaway
Julie Malmberg
Mark Miesch
Sarah Tessendorf
Rich Dixon
Clark Evans
Kevin Goebbert
Redina Herman
Jay Hobgood
Larry Hopper
David Parsons
Tapan Pathak
Scott Rochette
Karen Shell
Suman Singha
David Smith
Fred Stafford
Alan Stewart

 

Staff
Katy Ginger
Bruce Muller
Ernesto Munoz
Tammy Weckwerth
Kristin Wegner

Early-Career Science Forum

Session I - Wednesday, 17 October at 9:15 am
(Location: CG1, Upper Cafeteria)
Session II - Wednesday, 17 October at 11:00 am
(Location: CG1, Upper Cafeteria)
Ave Arellano
Gang Chen
Clark Evans
Baylor Fox-Kemper
Jake Gebbie
Kevin Goebbert
Larry Hopper
Song Lak Kang
Saewung Kim
Tapan Pathak
Pallav Ray
Keah Schuenemann
Scott Spak
Ryan Sriver
Betsy Stone
Andrew Thompson
Eric Wilcox

 

Staff
Charles Bardeen
John Braun
Rebecca Centeno Elliot
James Done
Alexandra Jahn
Savita Mathur
Vanessa Schweizer
Erin Towler
Jonathan Vigh
There will not be a second session.
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