Town Hall meetings offer an opportunity for government agencies, academic programs, special projects, and other focused interest groups to gather input from the broad AGU Community. They are open to all meeting participants.

5 December       6 December      8 December

Friday, 9 December, 1230h-1330h

Charting the Course: NOAA’s 5 Year Research Plan for 2013–2017

Cosponsored by GC
With its Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) now complete, NOAA is beginning to develop its 5 Year Research Plan for 2013–2017. The NGSP features a set of overarching scientific challenges to guide the agency’s research and will form the basis for the new research plan. NOAA is seeking input from the broader scientific community to help refine its research planning. During this session, NOAA will review the overarching scientific challenges and describe efforts to identify associated needs and gaps. It then will seek participants’ input to help develop a plan that accounts for the perspectives of the extramural community.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2003

Collaborating Through a Common Model Architecture: The National Unified Operational Prediction Capability and the Earth System Prediction Capability–Research, Development, and Operations

Cosponsored by AS, GC, OS
The National Unified Operational Prediction Capability (NUOPC) is a joint effort between NOAA and DOD to improve collaboration and accelerate operational numerical weather prediction. The Earth System Prediction Capability–Research, Development, and Operations (ESPC–RDO) expands this collaboration to prediction of the physical earth system, expands required predictive capability to 30 years, and expands collaboration to include DOC, DOD, DOE, and NASA. Both efforts seek to create partnerships, standardize numerical prediction practices to accelerate model development, and achieve developmental and operational efficiencies for the next generation of systems. Coordination among the agencies will affect broad areas of environmental research and development as well as end users through standardized model architecture, establishment of common research requirements, and improved capability. The program managers (Fred Toepfer, NOAA, and William Curry, Deputy Technical Director, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy) will discuss the overall programs, progress to date, areas of focused funding, and future plans. Emphasis will be on the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF) as the main component of the common model architecture and interoperability agreements being developed to enhance ESMF effectiveness.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2005

The Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study

Cosponsored by AS
The Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) is a field campaign and modeling effort to understand the anthropogenic influence on biogenic emissions, organic aerosol, and regional climate. This community-driven effort is scheduled for the summer of 2013. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the science objectives, provide feedback, exchange ideas, and facilitate your participation in SOAS 2013.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2006