Committee Members Present: Beatrice Magnani (chair), Lee Liberty, Marianne Karplus, Zach Eilon, Wes Thelen, Rob Evans, Paul Winberry (also Polar ex-officio), Eric Sandvol (remote)
Ex Officio Members: Ninfa Bennington (ex-officio EMAC chair)
Board Liaisons: Susan Schwartz (PASSCAL Board Liaison – remote), Rick Aster (Board Liaison Chair), Sam Hansen (Polar Board Liaison – not present)
IRIS Staff and Observers: Kent Anderson (IRIS-program manager), Bob Detrick (IRIS President), Bob Woodward (IRIS-IS Director), Jerry Carter (IRIS-DS Director), Justin Sweet (IRIS- scribe), Bruce Beaudoin (PASSCAL-NMT), Sue Bilek (NMT), Galen Kaip (SSF-UTEP), Andy Frassetto (IRIS-MT Project Lead)
Meeting Objectives (7)
1. Review SAGE-II year 2 budget status
PASC received program status and related updates from the Program Manager, MT Manager, IS Director, DS Director and subawardees. Budget status for yr-2 was reviewed and the potential positive variances were discussed with input from the PASC on spending priorities if these variance should persist. Current spending plans for the MT instruments were also presented.
2. Approve SAGE-II year 3 budget
The proposed yr-3 budget was presented by the PM to the committee with highlights for the subaward budgets with impacts presented by the subawardees. Minor variations were required from the proposed budgets were recommended..
3. Review Scope Management Plan
The scope management plan (SMP) was presented and reviewed. There was significant discussion on the implementation of this plan and discussion of core facilities that should be prioritized. There was a request to quantify scope reduction models to actual costs.
4. Approve Instrument Use Policy
A revision to the PASSAL Instrument Use Policy was presented. The existing policy is ~14 years old an have portions that need to be updated. The changes were discussed and the PASC would like more time to consider the implications.
5. Provide input on Strategic Planning
The PASC discussed the need and various opportunities for the community to provide input on the strategic vision for the facility. This includes response to the Dear Colleague Letter for capability requirements for the next solicitation along with the planned Strategic Planning retreat planned for the day prior to the Board meeting (PASC Chair and Program Manager to attend).
6. Provide names for Sarah Kruse replacement on PASC
Several potential candidates were discussed to replace Sarah Kruse on the committee after her election to the IRIS Board. Emphasis for a new member will be on a person with expertise in near surface geophysics.
7. Provide guidance on instrument procurements
Current trends on instrument usage was presented to the PASC for their review. Based on these and other concerns for instrument needs and sustainability, the PM will revise the spending plan per PASC recommendations.