8 April. SCO teleconference

Attending: Jack, Zoe, John and Bob

We discussed plans for updating the white paper(s), namely the need to have both a living document that would encapsulate all the science currently being conducted at Summit, as well as a significantly shorter document, or documents, which will summarize key aspects of Summit/Isi for stakeholders/policy makers.  This shorter version will probably take shape as something intended for the division-level NSF managers, NSF top floor, and congressional staff.  A separate vision document might also be warranted to encapsulate future directions.

SCO would like to send more than one SCO rep, depending on availability, to upcoming GLRP meetings and charrettes, and will follow up with NSF and CPS about that possibility.

We discussed plans for finishing two major tasks, the Summit GIS and the Summit Virtual Tour.  Bob is working on the GPS protocols, with students writing and beta testing the protocols.  Timeline for delivery of these protocols is April 16th.  John has agreed to take over assimilation of historical data into the GIS, with a completion timeframe of the end of May.  Zoe will contact Brian Vassel about the status of the Google Streetview for Summit, and in the meantime, move forward with getting her own panoramas of the station assembled, annotated, and on the GeoSummit website.  John has offered to help in getting the images on the website.

We discussed the granularity observed in CPS reporting of support for various projects, and what we are hoping to discuss with NSF on Weds’s call.

As a last topic, we discussed the possibility of encapsulating Thule science into the current SCO role.  Zoe found in her recent trip to Thule that the most important topics to current Thule scientists, namely bear safety and shipment of frozen samples back to home institutions in the US, are the same for many of the Summit user group.  Zoe will follow up by contacting the list of Thule PIs provided during a Thule-SCO teleconference facilitated by Jen Mercer.