ASAC Meeting - February 2005


The ALMA Scientific Advisory Committee (ASAC) will provide advice on those major issues presented to the ASAC by the Project Scientist or the ALMA Board that affect the science capabilities of ALMA and require decisions to be made or priorities to be set regarding project tasks and resources. The ASAC will be kept informed of progress and developments in ALMA through periodic reports and briefings provided by the Joint ALMA Office and shall meet at least twice a year. Reports of the ASAC’s deliberations will be made in writing to the Board by the Chairperson of the ASAC following each Committee meeting, on a schedule specified in advance by the Board. The Project Scientist serves on the Committee ex officio.

Charge for the Meeting of 24-25 February 2005 (Garching)

The ASAC is requested to consider the following topics, and make recommendations to the Board that include your priority or time scale where your recommendations require expenditure of ALMA’s fixed resources:

1. Examine the status of ALMA re-baselining, including rescope options identified to date, and comment on the impacts that the proposed changes will have on ALMA’s scientific capability. The ASAC is invited to comment on the scientific capability of a smaller number of antennas operating simultaneously, specifically 40 or 50.

2. ASAC is invited to continue its considerations of this September, 2004 charge, which may be combined with the continued development of ideas for implementing demonstration science elaborated at the same meeting:

Following thorough assessment of the pros and cons of policies in use at existing ground- and space-based facilities, including those currently operated by the ALMA Executives, ASAC is invited to consider policy recommendations on:

a. how to facilitate joint projects between scientists of different partners,

b. how to handle large proposals with significant scientific duplication, and

c. whether provision needs to be made at this time for legacy projects and, if so, what mechanisms should be used for such projects. These complex, often-contentious issues should be addressed in the spirit of demonstrating how ASAC believes their recommendations, if adopted, would maximize ALMA’s scientific impact.


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-- AlWootten - 21 Feb 2005
Topic revision: r1 - 2005-02-21, AlWootten
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