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DEADLINE TO SUBMIT WHITE PAPERS EXTENDED

Recognizing the importance of capturing thoughts, perspectives, and suggestions from as wide a swath of the community as is practicable, the survey steering committee has decided to keep the submission site for responses to RFI #2 open through June 30, 2016. The instructions for RFI #2 and a link to the submission site are posted on the ESAS website. You can also access all of the white papers received to date in response to RFI #1 and RFI #2 on the same page.

REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY TOWN HALLS

The decadal survey steering committee encourages interested members of the community to consider organizing a town hall meeting at their institution that would provide a local forum for colleagues to discuss and consider any aspect of the survey.  Organizers should feel free to focus town hall meetings on any aspects of the survey they think are important, such as key science opportunities in the decade ahead, how Earth system science can continue to provide knowledge important to key societal challenges, and the role of technology development and other forms of innovation in the execution of our science.

These town hall meetings would precede those the steering committee will host at the 2016 AGU Fall and 2017 American Meteorological Society meetings.  Following the town hall meeting, the steering committee invites the organizers to send a short report (no longer than 10 pages) that summarizes the outcome of the meeting.  These summary town hall reports can be sent to esas2017@nas.edu until October 31, 2016 and will be posted on the survey’s web page.

If you are considering planning a town hall, please contact us at esas2017@nas.edu so that we can list the event on our website and coordinate with any local committee or panel members.

 

DR. WILLIAM B. GAIL APPOINTED STEERING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

We are pleased to announce that Dr. William (Bill) Gail will join Dr. Waleed Abdalati as co-chair of the ESAS 2017 decadal survey. Dr. Gail, currently a member of the decadal survey steering committee, is replacing Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, Jr. who resigned in early May following the announcement of his appointment as the President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

JUNE MEETING RECAP

The steering committee and members of the five ad hoc study panels met June 2-5, 2016 in Irvine, CA. The meeting included closed session discussions among the various decadal survey participants on the scope of their task and the timeline moving forward. Panels also spent considerable time reading, sorting, and discussing the many thoughtful white papers that have been submitted by the community. A short open session on June 3 featured discussions with study sponsors from NASA and NOAA. The panels will meet individually in August and September and may reconvene early next year for a final “Jamboree” including all panel members.
 

GET INVOLVED AND SPREAD THE WORD

Given the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of Earth science research, input from the entire academic community is critical for the success of the decadal survey.  You can get involved in the ESAS decadal survey by submitting a white paper, planning a town hall, or by taking the time to spread the word to your friends and colleagues.
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