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A Strategy to Optimize the U.S. Optical and Infrared System in the Era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

 

Request for White Papers

?(10/07/2014) White Papers and other public comments submitted to the study are now available at this link. 

(12/01/2014) The White Paper submission window is now closed. White Papers are no longer being accepted.

 

 

Project Information

Statement of Task

In order to position the observational, instrumentation, data management, and support capabilities of the U.S. optical and infrared astronomy (O/IR) system to best address the science objectives identified in the 2010 NRC report entitled New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics and the 2011 NRC report entitled Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences in the Decade 2013-2022, and to help achieve the best science return from the National Science Foundation investment in O/IR astronomy over the next 10-15 years, the National Research Council will convene a committee to write a short report that will:

  1. Identify the principal capabilities that exist in the U.S. ground-based optical and infrared (O/IR) system--both federal and non-federal--and are critical to addressing the New Worlds, New Horizons science objectives over the next 10-15 years.
  2. Identify the most important additions and adjustments to the U.S. ground-based O/IR system that would best position the system to address the New Worlds, New Horizons science objectives over the next 10-15 years.

The committee will develop its own working definition of the U.S. O/IR system that will include both federal and non-federal components. The committee will consider instrumentation, data management, and support capabilities alongside observational capabilities in its consideration of (1) and (2) above. The committee may make recommendations or offer comments on organizational structure, program balance, and funding, with discussion of the evidentiary bases as appropriate.

Meetings & Events

June 4, 2014 at 12:45pm EDT
224th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Town Hall Organized by the Committee (Town Hall #310)
Staffordshire Room
Westin Copley Place
Boston, MA

First meeting
July 31 - August 1, 2014
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, D.C.
Agenda
Presentations

Second meeting
October 12-13, 2014
Beckman Center of the National Academies
Irvine, CA
Agenda
Presentations

Third meeting
December 2-3. 2014
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, D.C.
Agenda
No presentations at this meeting

Community Input

Community input will be vital to the success of this study. If you would like to provide input to the study, please email us at OIR_Study@nas.edu

(12/01/2014) The submission window is now closed and White Papers are no longer being accepted. ??

White Papers and other public comments submitted to the study are now available at this link.

Committee Membership & NRC Staff

Debbie Elmegreen, Vassar College, Chair
Todd Boroson, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network
Debra Fischer, Yale University
Josh Frieman, University of Chicago and Fermilab
Lynne Hillenbrand, California Institute of Technology
Buell Jannuzi, University of Arizona and Steward Observatory
Bob Kirshner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Lori Lubin, University of California, Davis
Robert Lupton, Princeton University
Paul Schechter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paul Vanden Bout, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Craig Wheeler, University of Texas at Austin
Joel Parriott, American Astronomical Society, consultant to the committee

Staff:
David Lang, Study Director, Board on Physics and Astronomy
Linda Walker, Program Coordinator, Board on Physics and Astronomy
James Lancaster, Director, Board on Physics and Astronomy
Michael Moloney, Director, Space Studies Board

Past Meeting Presentations

First meeting
July 31 - August 1, 2014
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, D.C.

Second meeting
October 12-13, 2014
Beckman Center of the National Academies
Irvine, CA

 

Third meeting
December 1-3, 2014
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC

There were no presentations at this meeting.

 

Sponsor

The Board on Physics and Astronomy and Space Studies Board are pleased to acknowledge the National Science Foundation Division on Astronomical Sciences as the study sponsor.