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Weather Observations: Stormy Climate Observations: Tornadic Earth Observations: Cloudy

Weather Observations: Stormy Climate Observations: Tornadic Earth Observations: Cloudy

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Weather Observations: Stormy Climate Observations: Tornadic Earth Observations: Cloudy

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  1. Weather Observations: StormyClimate Observations: TornadicEarth Observations: Cloudy • Houston, we’ve had a problem here • The problem, today, as then, is a problematique. It is a problem of problems; just like all real problems. • Consider the dimensions but carefully—these considerations can be delusional—Be careful driving home!!!

  2. Weather, Climate, and Earth Observations: Houston, are you there? • Dimensions of the Problematique • Cost Problems, Management Problems, Institutional Problems, and Guess What?

  3. Weather, Climate, and Earth Observations: Houston, are you there? • Dimensions of the Problematique • Cost Problems, Management Problems, Institutional Problems, and Guess What? • POLITICAL PROBLEMS

  4. Cost Problems come in many forms--- • Elephant in the row boat: USGS/DoI, NOAA/DoC • And the Elephant is gaining weight • The Value Proposition: Who pays, who benefits • Inter-Agency or Inter-Committee PayPal • A National Program? Dimensions of the Earth Observation Problematique

  5. Management Problems come in many forms--- • Does the loop close? • POES and DMSP it did; does it now? • Risk-Cost-Failure-Reward are NOT evenly “distributed”– this impacts “Responsibility” Dimensions of the Earth Observation Problematique

  6. Institutional Problems • NASA: The Institutional Needs and Infrastructure to race to the Moon Yesterday vs. The Intuitional Needs and Infrastructure to Explore Space “purposefully and realistically” Today (in this budget environment) • DoE: The Institutional Needs for the “nuclear-centric” Cold War World of the 1960-1980s vs. The Institutional Needs for the “eclectic-centric” Global Warming World of Today and Tomorrow. The Prime Time Dimension of the Earth Observation Problematique

  7. The Prime Time Dimensions of the Earth Observation Problematique • Institutional Problems • Bluntly: What should the Government (Labs) do; What should the Private sector do?? • Note that this is hardly disconnected with a far broader debate that is going on right now

  8. Change the Definition and Responsibilities • Weather (Civilian) Instruments and Missions—The US should maintain, within the US program, at least legacy capability! Problems: Mid-morning polar, Sea Surface winds, … Watch words: Robust, Reliable, and Executable. Examples, JPSS, GOES-R, … Budget: NOAA; Responsibilities: NOAA-NASA. Suggestions for the Civilian Earth Observation Problematique

  9. Suggestions for the Civilian Earth Observation Problematique • Change the Definition and Responsibilities • Sustain Scientific Measurements (sometimes called “incorrectly Climate Instruments/Missions). Examples: Jason, CERES, OMPS, …” Watch words: Sustainable and Not Better. Budget: NASA?; Responsibilities: NOAA-NASA, USGS-NASA,

  10. Suggestions for the Civilian Earth Observation Problematique • Change the Definition and Responsibilities • Earth Science Exploration Missions. Examples should have been the Decadal Missions. Watch words: Cheaper, Better, Riskier. Budget: NASA; Responsibilities: Scientific Community-NASA

  11. The Definition of Insanity applies— • We must do things Differently FACT