Community Workshop on Ground Based Solar Research
The AGS and AST divisions of the NSF jointly sponsored a Community Workshop on Ground-Based Solar Research. The workshop took place at the Foothills Laboratory of NCAR in Boulder on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2011.
The organizing committee was comprised of:
- Mark Giampapa (NSO),
- Dana Longcope (Montana State),
- Steven Tomczyk (HAO), and
- Bob Rosner (U. Chicago) acting as chair.
The workshop focused on future scientific directions enabled by current and future solar instruments and facilities. The organizers limited the time devoted to discussing the instruments themselves, in favor of scientific directions, by inviting speakers to discuss broad science topics. Speakers were requested to identify likely scientific advances and the needed resources. Those resources include ground-based observational facilities, theory and modeling efforts, data storage and dissemination facilities, etc.
The goal of the workshop was to identify the over-arching science questions the community seeks to address over the next decade with a particular emphasis on:
- The role of ground based observational facilities in addressing them and
- The role of NSF sponsored research centers like NSO and HAO in supporting this research and optimizing scientific productivity.