CSTPR Noontime Seminar
Transitioning Research to Operations in an Applied Science Program
by Elizabeth McNie, Western Water Assessment
Abstract: There is a growing call for efforts to successfully transition research to operations, applications and commercialization (R2X) in order to bring science to bear in solving discrete problems. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has several programs in place to support R2X. This project examined the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs to evaluate the state of R2X in this applied science program. Findings are both consistent with prior research on the best practices and barriers to doing successful R2X and also reveal new findings that could help advance R2X in NOAA and in the RISA program. In either case, opportunities exist within the RISA program to further advance efforts to implement R2X strategies.
Bio: Elizabeth McNie is a Research Scientist at the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. She is an expert in science policy and the design and implementation of use-inspired research, particularly in the field of climate-change adaptation. She currently serves as the evaluation coordinator at WWA where her research focuses on understanding the effectiveness of use-inspired research and boundary organizations. Previously she was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the departments of Political Science and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.
Cryospheric and Polar Processes Seminar
Probing the Antarctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer with Autonomous Observing Systems
by Dr. John J. Cassano, Associate Professor ATOC/CIRES, University of Colorado
Automatic weather stations and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been used to observe the Antarctic atmospheric boundary layer. A 30 m instrumented tower on the Ross Ice Shelf has been used to characterize the temperature, stability, and wind of the lowest portion of the boundary layer. Data from this tower have also been used to evaluate forecasts from the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System. Small Unmanned Meteorological Observer (SUMO) and Aerosonde UAVs have been used to observe the boundary layer over the Ross Ice Shelf, in the Wright Valley, and over Terra Nova Bay during both summer and later winter conditions. Comparison of the boundary layer over these diverse surfaces and seasons has been made. Data from the UAVs have also been used to estimate turbulent heat fluxes and to estimate terms in the horizontal momentum equation. Opportunities and challenges operating UAVs in the Antarctic will be discussed.