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Assessment of the National Science Foundation's 2015 Geospace Portfolio Review

Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study evaluating a publicly available report of the NSF's Geospace Section (NSF-GS) Portfolio Review Committee (PRC). The ad hoc committee's assessment of the PRC report--which will be publicly available--will use the criteria described below to develop findings and conclusions regarding the content of the report and its consistency with decadal survey recommendations.

The committee will structure its assessment around how well the PRC report's findings, conclusions, and recommendations:

1. Align with the science issues and priorities highlighted for NSF-GS and the Geospace scientific community in the NRC's Decadal Survey: Solar and Space Physics - A Science for a Technological Society (hereafter called the Survey);
2. Adequately take into account issues such as:
   a. actions already taken by the NSF-GS in response to the Survey priorities;
   b. the current challenging outlook for the U.S. Federal budget--in particular the expected evolution of the NSF-GS budget;
   c. interdisciplinary aspects and the overall scientific balance of all NSF-GS-funded activities;
   d. the alignment of the capabilities of the Geospace Facilities Program with the current science needs of the community--in particular how well the Facilities Program is specifically designed to enhance educational    opportunities, diversity, and international participation;
   e. the integration of technology development with the NSF-GS science program; and
   f. the balance of investments between the new and existing facilities, grants programs, and other activities.
3. Provide--considering the value of funded activities in terms of both intellectual merit and broader impacts--a forward-looking focus on the potential of all NSF-GS funded facilities, programs, and activities for delivering the desired science outcomes and capabilities, and;
4. Provide a clear set of recommendations on how the NSF-GS should implement the Survey's priorities within the context of the NSF/Geosciences strategic planning process.
The committee's report will also discuss the general readability and clarity of the PRC's report and in particular its recommendations, as well as offering commentary on other issues relevant to the assessment of the PRC report, as determined by the committee. Any recommendations the committee may make will be focused on options and considerations for NSF's implementation of the PRC recommendations.

Committee Meetings

May 13-14, 2016, Washington, DC
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July 18-19, 2016, Washington, DC
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August 22-23, 2016, Woods Hole, MA 

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Committee Membership

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Timothy S. Bastian (Chair)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Susan K. Avery (Vice Chair)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

Marcel Agüeros
Columbia University

Peter M. Banks

Visual Communications, Inc and Liberty Plugins, Inc.

George Gloeckler
University of Maryland, College Park

J. Todd Hoeksema
Stanford University

Justin Kasper
University of Michigan

Kristina A. Lynch
Dartmouth College

Terrance G. Onsager
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Aaron Ridley
University of Michigan

Nathan A. Schwadron
University of New Hampshire

Maria Spasojevic
Stanford University


Abigail Sheffer
Study Director

Marchel Holle
Research Associate

Anesia Wilks
Senior Program Assistant


*Below is an archive list of names and a link to the slides presented at the committee meeting during open session. We have only included the slides for which the presenter has given consent to post.


May 13-14, 2016
No presentations have been made available from this meeting for posting.


July 18-19, 2016
No presentations have been made available from this meeting for posting.


August 22-23, 2016
No presentations have been made available from this meeting for posting.

* No slides indicate that the presenter did not utilize slides during their presentation.
* Permission pending indicates that the presenter has not given us consent to publish the slides they presented at the meeting.
*Written materials submitted to a study committee by external sources are listed in the project's public access file and can be made available to the public upon request via the Academies Public Access Records Office.