Community:Email 05mar10

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Mar 05, 2010. Meetings and jobs are listed at under 'Community' as 'Calendar of Meetings' and 'CEDAR related opportunities'. CEDAR email messages are under 'Community' as 'CEDAR email Newsletters'. All are in 'Quick Links' on the main page.

(1) CEDAR Strategic Plan community input and writing group workshop (WHOI, 31 Mar-02 Apr). From Jeff Thayer ( See also under Community/CEDAR Strategic Plan.

To the CEDAR Community:

The CEDAR program has maintained its prominence and vitality for over 25 years by continuously reviewing, evaluating, assessing and implementing strategic priorities that respond to the pressing scientific and technical issues of the time. In this scientific progression there are certain moments where a major program shift is warranted. In the formative years, the CEDAR program evolved through grass-root efforts by researchers within the upper atmosphere community. This grass-roots approach continues today and is essential for the program to remain vibrant and current. The NSF CEDAR program has succeeded within the ionosphere, thermosphere, mesosphere (ITM) community by vigorous science planning, assessment, and prioritizing. However, as its influence expands so must the charter for CEDAR. Presently the questions posed by the CEDAR Phase III document are detailed and specific; however, the CEDAR community must complement these detailed questions with broader, more encompassing questions that recognize the linkages among different aspects of the Whole Earth System and the vital role the upper atmosphere plays in maintaining a habitable and sustainable planetary system and technology-reliant society. This is the basis for the next step of the program that adds a new dimension to CEDAR.

Over the past few years, discussions about the strategic plan within the CSSC and at CEDAR meetings have evolved. In addition, broader initiatives within the NSF science community are burgeoning and it is appropriate that the CEDAR community become an integral part of those activities. Therefore, the CSSC and other members of the CEDAR community are pressing forward to have a near final form of the strategic plan called “CEDAR: The New Dimension” by the CEDAR meeting in Boulder this June 20-25. To meet this timeline, a small writing/working group has been formed and a 3-day writing workshop has been organized for March 31-April 2 at Woods Hole Institute. This group will produce a draft document by May that will be posted on the CEDAR wiki for community comment. The 20-25 page document will be iterated and revised based on community input through the middle of June and then discussed at the CEDAR meeting in preparation for final production and publication. The document will (1) provide a community document for the next decade of CEDAR research activities, (2) provide a document to NSF that can be understood by other fields (oceans, earth science, atmospheres, solar, engineering, etc…) enabling cross- discipline activities and collaboration within existing and planned initiatives, (3) provide a document that will transform CEDAR by being bold and forward thinking such that new initiatives will be born at all levels of scientific inquiry.

The writing group participants of the CEDAR strategic plan are: Jeff Thayer, Susan Avery, John Foster, Dave Hysell, Farzad Kamalabadi (Ex Officio), Bob Kerr, Janet Kozyra, Larry Paxton, Aaron Ridley, Robert Robinson (Ex Officio), Joshua Semeter, Jan Sojka , Tony van Eyken. We all welcome your input to this process and are excited about the future of CEDAR. A website and forum for the CEDAR strategic plan is located at under “Community” with a link from the main page for community input, or you can give your input to me or any member of the writing group.

Jeff Thayer (, Chair of the CEDAR Science Steering Committee, March 5, 2010