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Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF)

CORF represents the interests of U.S. scientists who use radio frequencies for research—for example, radio astronomers and remote sensing researchers. The committee deals with radio-frequency requirements and interference protection primarily through filing comments under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences in public proceedings of the Federal Communications Commission. The committee acts as a channel for representing the interests of U.S. scientists in the work of the Scientific Committee on Frequency Allocations For Radio Astronomy and Space Science (IUCAF) of the International Council for Science and in working groups of the Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

 

Two recent reports have been put out by CORF and affiliated ad hoc committees – the new Handbook of Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses and A Strategy for Active Remote Sensing Amid Increased Demand for Radio Spectrum, respectively. Links to these two reports are shown below.

 

CORF 2015 Handbook Picture

Handbook of Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses

This handbook sets forth the principles for the allocation and protection of spectral bands for services using the radio spectrum for scientific research. It describes the radio frequency bands used by scientific services and includes relevant regulatory information and discussion of scientific use of frequency bands. This reference will guide spectrum managers and spectrum regulatory bodies on science issues and serve as a resource to scientists and other spectrum users.

Active Sensing

A Strategy for Active Remote Sensing Amid Increased Demand for Radio Spectrum

Active remote sensing is the principal tool used to study and to predict short- and long-term changes in the environment of Earth - the atmosphere, the oceans and the land surfaces - as well as the near space environment of Earth. All of these measurements are essential to understanding terrestrial weather, climate change, space weather hazards, and threats from asteroids. This report describes the threats, both current and future, to the effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum required for active remote sensing. This report offers specific recommendations for protecting and making effective use of the spectrum required for active remote sensing.

 

Read the Report Brief
 

 


PROJECT INFORMATION

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

May 19-20, 2016
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, D.C.
Agenda | Presentations by Michael Ha, Talayeh Hezareh, Namir Kaseem, Harvey Lizst, Fred Mistichelli, Thomas vonDeak, and John Zuzek.


 

PAST MEETINGS

 

October 15-16, 2015
Arecibo, Puerto Rico

 

May 13-14, 2015
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda - Presentations

 

October 17-18, 2014
Life Sciences Laboratory, U. Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
Presentations

 

May 29-30, 2014
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, D.C.
Agenda -
Presentations


October 16-17, 2013
Beckman Center of the National Academies
Irvine, CA
Agenda

 

May 15-17, 2013
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, D.C
Agenda

 

October 12-13, 2012
Bishop, CA
Agenda

 

May 17-18, 2012
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC
Agenda -
Presentations


October 14-15, 2011
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
This meeting was closed in its entirety.


May 16-17, 2011
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC
Agenda -
Presentations


May 18-19, 2010
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC
Agenda -
Presentations


October 17-18, 2009
Fairmont Hotel & The Beckman Center

Irvine, CA
This meeting was closed in its entirety.

 

August 10-11, 2009
Santiago, Chile
Meeting Web Page
Agenda -
Presentations

 

May 27-28, 2009
Washington, DC
Agenda -
Presentations


November 19, 2008
Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
Agenda -
Presentations


May 19-21, 2008
Keck Center, Washington, DC
Agenda -
Presentations


December 15-16, 2007
Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
Agenda -
Presentations


April 25-26, 2007
Keck Center, Washington, DC

Agenda - Presentations


October 16-17, 2006
Socorro, New Mexico
Agenda -
Presentations


April, 10-11 2006
Keck Center, Washington, DC
Agenda -
Presentations


  

COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND STAFF

 

Committee Members

 

Jasmeet Judge, Chair, University of Florida (06/2017)

Liese van Zee, Vice-Chair, Indiana University (06/2017)

William Blackwell, MIT Lincoln Lab (extension pending)

Todd Gaier, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (06/2017)

David Le Vine, NASA-Goddard (extension pending)

Amy Lovell, Agnes Scott College (06/2016)

Paul Siqueira, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (06/2016)


*Terms end at dates shown (mm/yyyy)

 

Consultants

 

Paul Feldman, Esq., Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth

Michael Davis

Darrel Emerson

 

Staff

 

David B. Lang, Senior Program Officer and CORF Responsible Staff Officer

Jim Lancaster, Director, Board on Physics and Astronomy

Neeraj Gorkhaly, Research Associate

Linda Walker, Program Coordinator

 

 

CURRENT REPORT-WRITING ACTIVITIES

 

No information is currently available.  Please check back later.

 

 

PAST REPORT-WRITING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

RELATED PUBLICATIONS

 

 

RELATED ITEMS OF INTEREST

 

Ocean Radar


The audio recordings listed below are demodulated sounds of ocean radars operating in the HF bands. These particular recordings were acquired at a frequency of 4540 kHz. One file was acquired with the receiver in upper sideband mode (filter bandwidth approximately 3 kHz), the other was acquired in AM mode (approximately 12 kHz bandwidth). The overall bandwidth of the transmitted signal was measured to be about 50 kHz.

 

Further information on ocean radars can be obtained from the web site of one of the manufacturers, CODAR.
 

Related Links

 

SUPPORT

 

The Committee is pleased to acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Committee funding is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Science Mission Directorate, and the NASA Space Operations Management Office.

 

THE ACADEMIES' CURRENT PROJECTS SYSTEM


The Academies' Current Projects System maintains the public record of a committee’s activities compliant to Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.  Visit the Committee on Radio Frequencies Current Projects Page for more information.