2015 Next Practices Workshop



Observations in Atmospheric Research

"Next" Practices: Conducting Field Operations in a Changing World


April 21-23, 2015 

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Field campaigns entail years of planning and incur substantial cost, especially if they involve operation of major research platforms in remote locations.  Deploying and operating those assets even for short periods of time poses challenges that, if not addressed properly, can have significant negative consequences and potentially jeopardize the success of a campaign.  Challenges vary from country to country and range from safety, health, and security risks to differences in cultural and social norms.
The workshop focused on sharing information on best practices, lessons learned and country-specific experiences by different groups for the planning and conduct of scientific research campaigns around the globe. The agenda consisted of a mix of short, focused presentations, plenary and small breakout sessions, as well as invited keynote speakers.  
The workshop was jointly organized by NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), which is responsible for managing and operating the US National Science Foundation's Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which manages and operates a fleet of aircraft in support of European airborne observational science.