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Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey

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The 2020-2030 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020) is a partnership between the National Academies and the astronomical community to survey the field of astronomy and astrophysics and provide priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the decade 2020-2030. It serves as a guide for scientists, policy makers, and agencies alike invested in the astronomical sciences. The survey is driven by input from the scientific community and led by a survey committee.
 


Highlighted Activities

 

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 Project Information

If anyone from the research community has comments or questions related to the study, you may send a message to astro2020@nas.edu.


About the Survey

The astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey is a large and influential study run jointly between the Board of Physics and Astronomy and the Space Studies Board of the National Academies. The institutional goal of a decadal survey is to consider the past and current research of the field and provide consensus recommendations for the direction of the field over the next decade. These recommendations are made by a survey committee who are directed by the statement of task and informed by community input. Since the first decadal survey in 1964, the decadal survey committee has been charged with surveying the field of astronomy and astrophysics and determining and prioritizing the most important scientific and technological activities for the next decade. The impact of this survey is widespread as it is a useful resource for agencies supporting the field of astronomy and astrophysics, the Congressional committees with jurisdiction over those agencies, the scientific community, and the public. Six surveys  have been executed and the community, federal agencies, and National Academies are preparing for the next decadal survey: Astro2020.


Timeline
-- 2018 January AAS Town Hall
– 2018 March Astro 2020 proposal submitted to Agencies
– Summer/Fall: Science White Paper call issued
– 2018 ≤ December Chair selected
– 2019 January AAS Town Hall and other community outreach activities
It will take ~2 years to complete the survey process and release the report.
 

Statement of Task
The Statement of Task is being negotiated by the Academies and the potential sponsors of the survey. Once the project is funded the Task will be posted here.

Structure
The survey's structure will be determined by the Survey Committee after it is appointed.

Committee Members
Members of the survey committee will be appointed after funding from the sponsors is received. The appointment of the membership of the subpanels will occur after that.

All Meetings and Outreach Events

Upcoming-TBD

Past-TBD
 

Community Input

Community input is essential to the decadal survey process. The call for science white papers has been issued and instructions for preparing and submitting the white papers are below. The window for submission of science white papers will be between 12:01am EST, Monday, 7 January 2019 and 11:59pm Friday, 18 January 2019.

View Science White Paper Instructions

Science White Paper Submission Form
The submission form will be opened and submissions will be accepted time frame shown above.

Submitted Science White Papers (will be posted beginning 1/7/19)

FAQ (coming soon)

Further information, including the open submission form and FAQ, will be posted here once available. Additional community input will be solicited and accepted via additional calls for white papers, presentations to the survey committee and subpanels, public comments, and more. Please send questions to astro2020@nas.edu

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Publications and Dissemination

 Once products of the survey become available they will be placed here.
 

Past Decadals

 

2010_New Worlds New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

 2010

New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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2010

Panel Reports--New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

 

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2011
2020 Vision: An Overview of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

2016
New Worlds, New Horizons
A Midterm Assessment

2013
Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in Space Science

2012
Report of the Panel on Implementing Recommendations from the New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey
2001
Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium
2001
Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium: Panel Reports
 
2001
Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium An Overview
 

1991
The Decade of Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics

1983
Challenges to Astronomy and Astrophysics

1983
Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1980's, Volume 2 

1983
Challenges to Astronomy and Astrophysics

1982
Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1980's, Volume 1
1973
Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1970's Volume 2: Reports of the Panels
 
1972
Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1970s Volume 1: Report of the Astronomy Survey Committee
1964
Ground-Based Astronomy: A Ten Year Program
 
 
 

 

 

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