ORGANIZATION OF THE SURVEY'S STUDY PANELS ANNOUNCED
The steering committee met to collect essential background information and discuss the structure of the survey on January 18-20, 2016. Presentation slides for the open sessions are available on the ESAS website.
As the survey progresses, the steering committee plans to appoint specialized ad-hoc panels as well as several crosscutting working groups. The study panels will be responsible for receiving and analyzing community input; in particular, community responses to survey-issued Requests for Information (RFIs).
The committee recognizes that there is no perfect way to organize the community to address the full range of science and applications relevant to their charge, but we expect that the proposed structure will allow rich and comprehensive input into the process by approaching the topics from multiple vantage points. These panels, whose members have yet to be appointed, will be on the following topics:
Global Hydrological Cycles and Water Resources
The movement, distribution, and availability of water and how these are changing over time
Weather and Air Quality: Minutes to Subseasonal
Atmospheric Dynamics,Thermodynamics, Chemistry, and their interactions at land and ocean interfaces
Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Natural Resource Management
Biogeochemical Cycles, Ecosystem Functioning, Biodiversity, and factors that influence health and ecosystem services
Climate Variability and Change: Seasonal to Centennial
Forcings and Feedbacks of the Ocean, Atmosphere, Land, and Cryosphere within the Coupled Climate System
Earth Surface and Interior: Dynamics and Hazards
Core, mantle, lithosphere, and surface processes, system interactions, and the hazards they generate