AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 61. Strategic Plans for the Future of Solar Physics (SEC Roadmap and NAS Decadal Survey)
Solar, Oral, Tuesday, June 1, 1999, 4:15-6:00pm, Continental Ballroom C

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[61.01] Strategic Plans for the Future of Solar Physics: a community discussion of the NASA Sun-Earth Connection Program Roadmap and the NAS Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Solar Astronomy section)

K. Schrijver (SEC Roadmap), M. Knoelker (Decadal Survey)

The NASA Sun-Earth Connections Program is currently revising its Roadmap, the long-range plan for science goals, technology development, and missions between 2000 and 2040. From the interior dynamics of the Sun, to the interactions of plasma, fields, and radiation in the photosphere and solar atmosphere, to the heating and structure of the corona, to the acceleration, structure, and evolution of the solar wind, to the interactions of the heliosphere with the interstellar medium, to the processes of solar, stellar, and solar system evolution - progress in each of these domains will help us understand how the Sun impacts our home in space. The Roadmap Committee is seeking to refine and extend the SEC's vision and identify the milestone missions for the future. During this session, an outline of the current draft Roadmap will be presented, and further community involvement will be solicited to ensure the strongest possible concensus on the revised Roadmap. The National Academy of Sciences' Space Science Board has appointed a committee to perform a Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics, which is surveying the field of space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics, recommending priorities for the most important new initiatives of the decade 2000-2010. The prioritization delivered by the earlier Decadal Surveys has played an important role in guiding the funding agencies in setting their priorities for astronomy and astrophysics. Therefore it will be of crucial importance for solar physics to contribute a strong case for its own set of future projects to be incorpoprated into the survey. The solar physics of the next decade will be characterized by its increasing societal relevance in the context of the National Space Weather Program and related issues, as well as its classical importance as a ``base" for many astrophysical questions. The presentation and subsequent discussion at the Chicago meeting is intended to solicit further community input, to achieve optimal representation for solar physics in the Decadal Survey. The Roadmap Committee and the Decadal Survey's solar panel encourage the whole solar physics community to contact them prior to the meeting. The list of the committee/panel members and their e-mail addresses, as well as related information, can be accessed via their websites at http://www.lmsal.com/sec/ and http://www.nas.edu/bpa/projects/astrosurvey/solar/ , respectively.

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