Subject: Survey of Community Needs for U.S. Ground-based Optical/IR Observing

From: Suzanne Hawley

Submitted: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:00:00 -0800 (PST)

Message number: 1252 (previous: 1251, next: 1253 up: Index)

Dear APO 3.5m community,

Please take a moment to respond to the survey described below, which is
located at:

I am a member of the System Roadmap committee, which is trying to produce 
a broad overview of ground-based O/IR astronomy, including both private 
and public facilities. We are trying to get the widest possible 
participation in the survey so that the input we give to the NSF portfolio 
review committee will be truly representative.

Also, if you are using the APO 3.5m telescope, please note that in the 
appropriate place in the survey!


Suzanne Hawley
Director, ARC 3.5m Telescope
Apache Point Observatory

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Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:45:34 -0700
From: Buell Jannuzi <>
Subject: Survey of Community Needs for U.S. Ground-based Optical/IR Observing

Dear Colleagues,

The System Roadmap Committee has been formed by NOAO to assess the state of the ground-based
O/IR system of observing facilities, i.e. all ground-based optical/IR telescopes operated by
U.S. institutions, including both federal and non-federal. We are a successor to the past
ALTAIR and ReSTAR Committees that performed valuable one-time assessments of the state of the
system. We are a standing committee that will advise NOAO and the community on an annual basis.
We will recommend near term and long term plans to execute the scientific goals of the U.S.
astronomical community as described in Astro2010 (New Worlds, New Horizons) and future Decadal
Surveys. More details about the System Roadmap Committee are available at our webpage.

In the very near term, a critical event for the future of U.S. ground-based astronomy will be
the NSF Portfolio Review. The Portfolio Review committee has been charged by the NSF Astronomy
division to recommend a balance of investments in new and existing NSF funded facilities and
grants programs to enable progress on the science questions identified by Astro2010. They are
to make recommendations for the period from 2015 to 2025. In order to provide input into the
portfolio review process from the O/IR community, we are soliciting feedback from the broad
astronomical community.

We have compiled a questionnaire that will help us understand the importance of existing
facilities to the community?s pursuit of Astro2010 related science. We hope that you will take
15-30 minutes to complete our survey, available here:

The results from this survey are vital to informing our input to the Portfolio Review. The
information you provide will help us document the role the ground-based O/IR system will play
in pursuing the high priority science identified by Astro2010.

We welcome your participation in this survey. Because of the short timescale for input into the
Portfolio Review, responses will be most useful if received by December 2.

Sincerely yours,

Tom Soifer and Buell Jannuzi
System Roadmap Committee

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