Introduction to UCAR ACD Review Rick Anthes October 24, 2001 UCAR a non-profit corporation formed in 1959 to serve the atmospheric and related science and education community The UCAR mission to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community, nationally and internationally; to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related systems and the global environment; and to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on earth. UCAR Governance • Membership: 66 member North American universities with appropriate doctorate program; 20 Academic Affiliates • Governance: 132 Member Representatives and Board of Trustees • Guidance: advisory committees and review panels and significant university involvement in every UCAR program • Peer Review: NSF 3-5 year review process. UCAR Members University of Alabama in Huntsville McGill University University of Texas at Austin University of Alaska University of Miami Texas Tech University University at Albany, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor University of Toronto State University of New York University of Minnesota Utah State University University of Arizona University of Missouri University of Utah Arizona State University Naval Postgraduate School University of Virginia California Institute of Technology University of Nebraska, Lincoln University of Washington University of California, Davis University and Community College Washington State University University of California, Irvine System of Nevada University of Wisconsin- Madison University of California, Los Angeles University of New Hampshire, Durham University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Chicago New Mexico Institute of Woods Hole Oceanographic Colorado State University Mining and Technology Institution University of Colorado at Boulder New York University University of Wyoming Cornell University North Carolina State University Yale University University of Denver The Ohio State University York University Drexel University University of Oklahoma Florida State University Old Dominion University Georgia Institute of Technology Oregon State University Harvard University Pennsylvania State University University of Hawaii Princeton University Howard University Purdue University University of Illinois University of Rhode Island at Urbana-Champaign Rice University University of Iowa Rutgers University Iowa State University Saint Louis University The Johns Hopkins University Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD University of Maryland Stanford University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Texas A & M University UCAR’s Six Goal Areas • Science--foster a broad scientific • Advocacy, public policy, and program of highest quality to communication--in cooperation address present and future needs of with other institutions, play a strong society role in developing enhanced and more effective methods of communication among scientists, • Research facilities--develop and policymakers, and the public in acquire state-of-the-art scientific order to foster the use of science in research facilities the service of humankind • Technology transfer--in conjunction • Education and training--devote with the UCAR Foundation, transfer significant attention to education appropriate UCAR technology to the and training, with emphasis on public and private sectors women and minorities • Research and operational partnerships--strengthen the relationship between the operational and research communities University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Member Institutions Board of Trustees Finance & Corporate Administration President Affairs Katy Schmoll, VP Richard Anthes Jack Fellows, VP NCAR UCAR Information Tim Killeen, Director Programs Infrastructure Technology & Jack Fellows, Director Applications Steve Dickson, Associate Director (IITA) Richard Chinman Cooperative Program for Constellation Observing Atmospheric Atmospheric Advanced Study Climate & Global Optional Meteorology System for Meteorology Digital Library Chemistry Division Technology Division Program Dynamics Division Education and Training Ionosphere Climate for Earth System (ACD) (ATD) (ASP) (CGD) (COMET) (COSMIC) Science (DLESE) David Al Maurice Timothy Bill Mary Daniel Carlson Cooper Blackmon Spangler Kuo Marlino McKenna Environmental High Mesoscale & Research Scientific & Societal Altitude Microscale Applications Computing GPS Science and Visiting Scientists Joint Office Impacts Group Observatory Meteorological Division Programs Division Technology Program Unidata Programs for Science (ESIG) (HAO) (MMM) (RAP) (SCD) (GST) (VSP) Support (JOSS) Michael Robert Brant Randolph David Meg Karyn Robert Al Kellie Knölker Gall Foote Ware Fulker Austin Sawyer Harriss Denotes President’s Office 12/07/98 UCAR Board of Trustees Otis Brown, University of Miami, Chairman Richard Anthes, UCAR President Leo Donner, Princeton Univ., Vice Chairman & Personnel Comm Chairman Kelvin Droegemeier, University of Oklahoma Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland Charles Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ron McPherson, American Meteorological Society Neal Lane, Rice University Mary Jo Richardson, Texas A&M University Paola Rizzoli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Soroosh Sorooshian, University of Arizona David Skaggs, Center for Democracy and Citizenship Ronald Smith, Yale University Orlando Taylor, Howard University Gabor Vali, University of Wyoming Patricia Woodworth, Univ. of Chicago, Audit and Finance Comm Chairwoman UCAR Service to Community • Facilities – Computing (SCD) – Visualization Laboratory – Mass Store (for data sets) – Observational facilities (ATD) • Community Models and Software – Community Climate System Model (CCSM) – MOZART – MM5 and Weather Research and Forecast model-WRF – Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) – Earth System Model Framework • Support of field programs (ATD, Joint Office of Science Support) Service to Community • Educational materials (e.g. COMET) • Community data sets – Research (observations, analysis, models) – Real time to universities (UNIDATA) • Collaborative research, visiting appointments, workshops • Advocacy of atmospheric sciences with Administration and Congress – Action Alerts to community – Written and oral testimonies Planning and Priority Setting • Occurs through a variety of mechanisms and processes – External committees, panels, and studies (e.g. NRC reports) – UCAR Governance (Members, Trustees, divisional advisory committees) – NSF committees and guidance – Internal committees (NCAR Directors Committee, President’s Council, other UCAR committees) – Consulting with community (e.g. surveys) Planning and Priority Setting • Almost all NCAR and UCAR scientists, engineers and management are very active in national and international planning activities, and are well informed of the discussions and recommendations coming from these community planning activities Planning and Priority Setting • Input from all of the above is considered. • The good judgment of management and the scientists themselves are used to establish priorities according to a number of criteria. Criteria used in priority setting • Quality • Relevance to UCAR and NCAR missions and strategic plans • University involvement and service • Relevance to NSF priorities • For non-NSF programs, relevance to the sponsor’s mission and fit with NSF program Criteria, continued • National and international priorities • Readiness • Opportunity (availability of resources) • Initiative/intuition of individual scientists • Development of human resources, including diversity • Maintain programmatic balance Program balances to consider • Theory, modeling and observations • Instrument use and instrument development • “Facilities” and “science” • Individual initiative/freedom and team efforts • Community service and “in-house” science • Leadership and support • Breadth and depth Thank you!
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