ACCP Study Team
Study Coordinators and LeadsAs part of the Study Management Team (SMT), the study coordinators and leads are responsible for managing the priorities and resources across planned study activities, and ensuring that the outcome of our recommendations enables NASA to implement a mission for ACCP.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Langley Research Center
Ames Research Center
Glenn Research Center
Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA HQ Sponsors / Partner Management BoardAs part of the SMT, the NASA Headquarters (HQ) sponsors provide weekly guidance to ensure that our evolving study process will produce recommendations for the Designated Observing System that are consistent with programmatic constraints. The Partner Management Board (PMB) ensures that the teaming Centers have adequate manpower and facilities for effective coordination and execution of the study plan. The PMB provides consultation to address issues of institutional support, and if necessary, will resolve staffing issues.
John Haynes - Program Applications
Hal Maring - Lead Program Scientist
Barry Lefer - Alt Program Scientist
Gail Skofronick-Jackson - Alt Program Scientist
The Science Impact Team (SIT-A) will provide the Science & Applications Leadership Team (SALT) with the science community's perspective of the relative appropriateness of ACCP's science objectives. The SIT-A will evaluate the extent to which various measurement architectures provide the geophysical parameters required to meet the science objectives and contribute to application objectives. The SIT-A will support the definition and assessment of various candidate architectures including sub-orbital campaigns, through modeling activities and observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs).
The Applications Impact Team (AIT) will evaluate the extent to which various measurement architectures provide geophysical parameters that contribute to application objectives, such as air quality. They will support the architecture studies in assessing the application potential of candidate mission architectures.
The Science & Applications Leadership Team (SALT) brings together experts from across the aerosols (A), clouds, convection, and precipitation (CCP) satellite remote sensing communities with broad experience in satellite instrumentation, airborne validation, modeling, data assimilation and retrieval algorithm development, scientific analysis, and applications.
The Clouds, Convection, and Precipitation (CCP) Science Impact Team (SIT-CCP) provides ACCP management with quantitative evaluation of the CCP-relevant geophysical variables (GVs) necessary for achieving the mission science objectives. Because sensors on satellites measure reflected or emitted light, estimating GV's require construction of algorithms to convert the measurements to the quantities of interest. Experiments are conducted for a broad spectrum of different cloud types, including: shallow (boundary layer) clouds, cirrus clouds, deep convective storms, and winter storms. The primary goal is to assess how effectively various combinations of measurements allow for estimation of GV’s to predefined accuracy, and the team uses a range of mature remote sensing retrieval methodologies to do so. Evaluation techniques are based on decades of experience in the use of active and passive remote sensing from space-borne, airborne, and ground-based platforms.
The Science Community Cohort (SCC) is SALT's connection to the external science community in Academia and at national laboratories. The SCC will provide critical feedback from the user perspective on how well SALT's science objectives for ACCP meet the needs of the community.
The Systems Engineering Team (SET) combines instrument & mission systems engineers to enable a broad and technical exploration of the architecture trade space. Their first responsibility is to distill the responses to the instrument RFI in support of our architecture studies. The SET will document our requirements flow-down and traceability, populate the elements of our mission libraries, and conduct trade studies including system modeling and analyses for the most promising architectures.
The Value Framework Team (VFT) will provide a transparent process by which the various science and engineering groups on ACCP will prioritize their respective science or mission enabling parameters to characterize the value of each candidate mission architecture, and defend our recommend Observing Systems.
Working Groups are specialized units that collaborate with SALT, SIT, AIT, SCC, SET, and VFT. To join any of the Working Groups please contact the respective co-lead.