Standing Committee Meeting Report PASSCAL
Action Items from PASSCAL Standing Committee Meeting
PASSCAL Instrument Center, Socorro NM
17-18 March 2005
SC Members present:
John Collins, Matt Fouch, John Hole (secretary),
David James (chair), Camelia Knapp, Stephane Rondenay, Bill Stephenson,
Bill Walter, Colin Zelt
Marcos Alvarez, Rick Aster, Bruce Beaudoin, Bob Busby,
Jim Fowler, Steve Harder, Shane Ingate, Ray Willemann
- Request of IRIS headquarters that they actively pursue (or
continue to pursue) discussions with USGS concerning active source
issues (shooting and permitting) per recommendations of the active
source working group report chaired by John Hole.
- Busby, Fowler and Alvarez to work with Frank Vernon to develop comprehensive
quality control standards for assessing the transportable USArray
data. The SC also endorses Busby’s call for
an IRIS-wide web forum to document known issues related
to specific USArray stations.
- Post PI evaluation forms for instrumentation performance
and data recovery on the IRIS/PASSCAL website. These evaluations
will be compiled into an annual synopsis by the PIC.
- Prepare a “field staffing policy” to codify
PIC field operations (Beaudoin, Fowler, Alvarez).
- Develop a Policy on Mixed PASSCAL/Earthscope
Instrumentation: The SC
recognizes the need for guidelines from NSF on (1) use of Earthscope
Flexible component equipment in PASSCAL experiments within the U.S. – i.e.,
those funded by other NSF programs or by other federal agencies, and
(2) use of PASSCAL instrumentation in Earthscope experiments either to
supplement the number of Flex component instruments or to enlarge the
pool to allow an increased number of experiments, particularly active
- Recommendation on Instrument Use: The
PASSCAL Standing Committee recommends that instruments from the regular
PASSCAL pool and from the Flexible Array pool should be available
to any “EarthScope-like” experiments within the U.S.
on a non-interference basis. If instruments from one pool are
available to support the other pool and the experiment is in the
US they should be able to be used, the source of funding should not
be the only deciding factor. The underlying goal is to
maximize effective use of the instrument pool. The present
CD Parkfield experiment is an appropriate test case.
- Budget for 2005-6 approved
- Prepare recommendations for loan of
surplus 72 series instruments for COCOM. The SC recommends
that the surplus 72 series data loggers be loaned out long term rather
than donated, at least initially. Fowler and others will develop
criteria as the basis for an RFP. One requirement may be that
data are to be archived at the DMC.
- Tasks for 5-yr proposal:
- Fowler et al. will compile demographics of PASSCAL support:
number of experiments; number of PIs; number of graduate students;
number of foreign PIs.
- Establish website for one-pagers
- Completion of PASSCAL Themes and Overview sections before
BoD meeting in early April 2005.
- Evaluate costs of acquiring data-logging gravimeters and
satellite phone systems for inclusion in PASSCAL instrument pool.