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Update on the NASA/NOAA/DOE Collaboration on the Utilization of ROA/UAV/UAS for Global Climate Change and Weather Research. Will Bolton Sandia National Laboratories Rickey C. Petty U.S. Department of Energy. Special thanks to NSF and

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Update on the

NASA/NOAA/DOE Collaboration

on the Utilization ofROA/UAV/UAS for

Global Climate Change and Weather Research

Will Bolton

Sandia National Laboratories

Rickey C. Petty

U.S. Department of Energy


Special thanks to NSF and

Jay Fein, Pam Stephens and others who made this participation possible

Student participants in this workshop

With support from the National Science Foundation, three students are able to participate in this workshop


The proposed collaboration has developed over 3 years

  • Background

    • Recognition in the three agencies of the potential importance of unoccupied/autonomous aircraft in climate and weather research and observations

    • Support from agency management to take the next steps:

      • Explore the potential of collaboration

      • Develop an MOU to establish a framework for the collaboration

      • Conduct workshops to develop technical basis for the collaboration

      • Identify opportunities for early joint activities

    • Specific joint activities would be developed under bi- or tri-agency Implementing Agreements

  • Status

    • Conducted two joint reviews with agency management

    • Conducted two previous workshops with focus on 1) science and 2) platforms

    • Three-agency MOU developed; now in final review

    • Continuing close work between representatives of the three agencies


  • The participating agencies will work together and independently

    • Each agency has independent interests but will work together in areas of common interest

    NASA

    DOE

    Each agency will continue to work in their individual mission areas

    The collaboration will work in the intersections

    NOAA

    • Build on existing programs, campaigns, capabilities

    • Leverage current resources

    • Work to identify future resources for expanded efforts

    • Work toward a grander vision - global in scale, international in scope (it may be years before the full vision is realized)


    Workshops are an important part of the collaboration process (1)

    • The first workshop was conduced August 3 & 4, 2004 at Scripps, La Jolla, CA

    • Attended by approximately 40 scientists, engineers, and program managers

    • The focus was on identifying the key scientific questions that would benefit from the capabilities that UAVs offer

    • Results from the first workshop:

    • - Identified 11 science goals in 5 topic areas, including benefits to society, observations required, and “why UAVs”

    • - Identified obstacles to implementation in 3 broad areas: 1) carbon fluxes, 2) basic climate state profiles, 3) high impact events


    Results from the first workshop are available online… (1)

    … at the following URL:

    http://uas.noaa.gov/workshops/workshop1/index.html


    Workshops are an important part of the collaboration process (2)

    • The second workshop was conduced

    • December 7 & 8, 2004 at Boulder, CO

    • Attended by approximately 80 engineers, scientists,

    • and program managers

    • The focus was on understanding the available UAV technology

    • and identifying gaps between what is required and what is available

    • The intent was laying groundwork for a roadmap to develop the required platform and measurement technologies

    • Results from the second workshop:

      • Vision statement

      • Missions in climate, land & ocean surface, global observation,

      • and atmospheric observation

      • Technology overviews in UAVs (high-, mid-, and low-altitude)

      • and instrumentation (remote, in situ), operations, integrated operations, data, communications

      • Notional “gaps and roadmaps” in platforms, instruments, data and communications

      • Ideas for joint efforts, innovative uses of UAVs, UAV-enabled global observing system


    Results from the second workshop are available online… (2)

    … at the following URL:

    http://uas.noaa.gov/workshops/workshop2/index.html


    Welcome to the 3rd NASA/NOAA/DOE UAS workshop (2)

    Your participation is vital to the success of this workshop and to developing the three-agency collaboration

    Thank you for sharing your expertise and time

    In summary…

    • The three-agency MOU is currently in the approval process

    • The first two workshops…

    • 1) …identified key scientific questions that could benefit from the capabilities of UASs

    • 2) …addressed technology capabilities and gaps to perform the required missions

    • We are now ready to explore the needs of climate, weather, and severe event research and modeling and the role that UASs can play to help meet those needs


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