UCAR 2012 Annual Meetings

Break-Out Sessions Registration

Discussion on Science Opportunities for the Next NCAR Strategic Plan

UCAR and NCAR propose to use the UCAR members meeting as a forum to identify science opportunities that should be considered during the creation of a new strategic plan for NCAR that will cover 2014-2019.  The next NCAR plan will again be organized around imperatives (activities that NCAR must undertake as a national center) and frontiers (new research that builds on NCAR’s current work).  The current NCAR plan is here.

The idea for the October members meeting sessions is to have several hours of small group discussion of challenges and opportunities in seven broad areas of science and service.  We do not want to review and rewrite the current NCAR plan during these sessions, nor are we trying to make decisions on the contents of the next plan.  At this stage we are simply trying to gather exciting ideas from the community to inform the NCAR planning process.

The seven areas where we seek input are listed below.  There will be two 90-minute breakout sessions devoted to each topic except for the early career forum, which will be a single session. This will allow each attendee to participate in two separate sessions.  Each session will have two co-chairs (one NCAR, one University) and a rapporteur.

  • Data-centric Science: Platforms, Policies, and Petabytes 
  • Predictive Science for the Earth System and Solar-Terrestrial phenomena
  • Trans-disciplinary Science Addressing the Human Dimension
  • Future Directions in Community Modeling: Science, Computer Technology, and Management
  • Observational and Experimental Research 
  • Integrating Research, Education, Diversity, and Engagement
  • Early-Career Science Forum 

Break-Out Session Registration:



Discipline (e.g., chemistry, atmospheric science, meteorology, etc.):

Professional Level (e.g.,tenured, mid-career, early career, etc.):


Please sign up for your first, second, and third choices:

In addition, we ask that you answer the following question, which will help the break out group co-chairs organize their sessions.

What do you think is the most pressing scientific question facing our field and why?



Additional comments, etc:

If you have any questions regarding the break out sessions, please contact Susan Friberg.

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