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Views of the NAS and NAE on Agenda Items at Issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012

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Views of the NAS and NAE on Agenda Items at Issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012

Released in 2011

The passive, receive-only Radio Astronomy Service (RAS) and the Earth Exploration-Satellite Service (EESS) provide otherwise impossible scientific observations of the Universe and Earth through the use of advanced receiver technology with extreme sensitivity and the employment of complex noise reduction algorithms. Even with such technology, RAS and EESS are quite adversely affected by what most active services would consider low noise levels.

To ensure their ability to use the radio spectrum for scientific purposes, scientists must be party to the discussion in the lead-up to the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), which will next be held in January and February 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. By request of the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Research Council was convened to provide guidance to the U.S. spectrum managers and policymakers as they prepare for the WRC in order to protect the scientific exploration of the Earth and Universe using the radio spectrum. While the resulting document is targeted at U.S. agencies, representatives of foreign governments and foreign scientific users will find its contents useful as they plan their own WRC positions.

 
Committee Membership and Staff

Jeffrey R. Piepmeier, Co-Chair, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Michael Davis, Co-chair, Independent Consultant
Steven W. Ellingson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Kenneth Kellermann, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
David G. Long, Brigham Young University
Darren McKague, University of Michigan
James M. Moran, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astronomy
Melinda Piket-May, University of Colorado at Boulder
Alan E.E. Rogers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Haystack Observatory
Steven C. Reising, Colorado State University
A. Richard Thompson, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Liese van Zee,
Indiana University
Lucy Ziurys, University of Arizona

NRC Staff

Donald C. Shapero, Director, Board on Physics and Astronomy
David B. Lang, Program Officer
Caryn J. Knutsen, Associate Program Officer
Teri Thorowgood, Administrative Coordinator

Sponsors

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.

 

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