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Review of Progress Toward Implementing the Decadal Survey - Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society

Statement of Task


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shall convene an ad hoc committee to review the responses from NASA’s Heliophysics program and the National Science Foundation to the 2013 decadal survey, “Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society.” The committee’s review will include the following tasks:

  1. Describe the most significant scientific discoveries, technical advances, and relevant programmatic changes in solar and space physics over the years since the publication of the decadal survey;
  2. Assess the degree to which the Agencies’ programs address the strategies, goals, and priorities outlined in the 2013 decadal survey and other relevant NRC and Academies reports, considering the national policy framework;
  3. Assess the progress toward realizing these strategies, goals, and priorities;
  4. Recommend any actions that could be taken to optimize the science value of the Agencies’ programs including how to take into account emergent discoveries and potential partnerships since the decadal in the context of current and forecasted resources available to them;
  5. Provide guidance about implementation of the recommended portfolio for the remaining years of the current decadal survey given actual funding levels, progress on decadal missions, and science and technology advances, but do not revisit or redefine the scientific priorities or recommended mission science targets; and
  6. Recommend any actions that should be undertaken to prepare for the next decadal survey--for example: enabling community-based discussions of (a) science goals, (b) potential mission science targets and related implementations, and (c) the state of programmatic balance; as well as identifying the information the survey is likely to need regarding the vitality of the field.
  7. Recommend actions that would enhance all stages of careers for scientists and engineers in the solar and space physics community.

The committee welcomes comments on any aspect of the study; please communicate via the committee’s mailbox:


Please note that messages circulated to the committee will become part of a document file that will be accessible upon request to any member of the public.
Questions about the project may be directed to the project staff at:

Committee Meetings

February 25-27, 2019

Washington, DC (Keck)

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April 3-5, 2019

Boulder, CO

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Committee Membership

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Robyn Millan, Co Chair
Dartmouth College

Thomas N. Woods, Co Chair
University of Colorado

Timothy S. Bastian
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

Monica G. Bobra
Stanford University

Anthea J. Coster
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Edward E. Deluca
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Scott L. England
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Stephen A. Fuselier
Southwest Research Institute 

Ramon E. Lopez
University of Texas, Arlington

Janet G. Luhmann
University of California, Berkeley

Katariina (Heidi) Nykyri
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Jens Oberheide
Clemson University

Merav Opher
Boston University

Carolus J. Schrijver
Lockheed-Martin (retired)

Joshua Semeter
Boston University

Jeffrey P. Thayer
University of Colorado, Boulder

Alan M. Title
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center



Arthur Charo
Senior Program Officer

Mia Brown

Research Associate

Gaybrielle Holbert

Program Coordinator


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.

Presenter names and slides are listed in the order of the agenda.Presentations which have been made available for posting will be added after the panel meeting is complete.



* 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.