Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP)

The Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP) acts an independent advisory body to NCAR and the four other LAOF Partner Organizations. Composed of a diverse pool of scientists with broad-based experience in observational studies of Earth system sciences, the role of the Panel is to

  • Conduct reviews of field project plans and experiment designs requesting NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities early in the project cycle and
  • Provide objective input and recommendations on issues associated to operational and technical challenges linked to facility support requirements.  
The overall goal of the OFAP process is to optimize support of NSF-sponsored observational science to assure that the scientific objectives of each campaign can be accomplished successfully.

In this role, the Panel provides valuable feedback and evaluation concerning experiment design, the appropriate and efficient use of NSF resources as related to a specific field campaign, technical and operational challenges as well as data management strategies. These recommendations will be provided to the relevant Facility Managers and shared with the requesting principal investigators as well as the responsible NSF Program Officers.  The comments and technical evaluation presented by the OFAP, together with feasibility analyses and cost estimates provided by Facility Managers, are taken into consideration before a final decision is made by individual NSF Program Officers whether or not to fund a project.

The Panel meets bi-annually in spring and fall of each year at NCAR.  It is EOL's responsibility to coordinate all aspects related to requesting LAOF among principal investigators, facility providers, panel members, and NSF including the preparation of feasibilities and cost estimates for NSF-funded field campaigns.

 

Current OFAP Members

 

Panel Member Name and Affiliation

Contact Information

Research Area and Expertise

Term ends

Dr. Michael Bell
Colorado State University 
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
PH: 970/491-8681
mmbell @ rams . colostate . edu
  • radar meteorology
  • tropical meteorology
  • mesoscale meteorology
Spring 2017
Dr. Charles Brock (Co-Chair)
NOAA/ESRL
PH: 303/497-3795
charles.a.brock @ noaa . gov
  • cloud and aerosol processes
Spring 2017
Dr. Annmarie Carlton
University of California - Irvine
PH: tbd
agcarlto @ uci . edu
  • air quality and climate modeling
  • aerosol-cloud interactions
  • atmospheric aqueous chemistry
Fall 2017
Dr. Joe Cione
NOAA/HRD
PH: 303/497-4169
joe.cione @ noaa . gov
  • ocean/atmosphere boundary layer thermodynamic processes
  • hurricanes and extra-tropical winter storms
Spring 2017
Dr. Ankur Desai
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department
PH: 608/218-4208
desai @ aos . wisc . edu
  • micrometeorology
  • ecological and biogeochemical interactions
  • anthropogenic influences
Spring 2017
Dr. Ian Faloona
University of California - Davis
 
PH: 530/752-2044
icfaloona @ ucdavis . edu
  • biogeochemical meteorology
  • planetary boundary layer dynamics
  • anthropogenic influences
Spring 2017
Dr. Katja Friedrich
University of Colorado
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
PH: 608/218-4208
katja.friedrich @ colorado . edu
  • kinematic and microphysical processes
  • convective initiation
  • orographic precipitation
Fall 2019
Dr. Barry Lefer
Tropospheric Composition Program
Earth Science Division
NASA Headquarters
PH: 202/358-3857
barry.lefer @ nasa . gov
  • atmosphere - biosphere interactions
  • photochemistry
  • air pollution
Fall 2016
Dr. Heping Liu
Washington State University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PH: 509/335-1529
heping.liu @ wsu . edu
  • micrometeorology
  • microclimatology
  • BL meteorology
  • ecosystem-climate feedback
  • biosphere / atmosphere interactions
Fall 2016
Dr. Jessica Lundquist
University of Washington
Civil and Environmental Engineering
PH: 206/685-7594
jdlund @ uw . edu
  • hydrometeorology
  • hydroclimatology
Fall 2017
Dr. Brian Mapes
University of Miami, RSMAS
Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
PH: 305/421-4275
mapes @ miami . edu
  • convection
  • large-scale net thermodynamic and dynamic effects
  • large-scale weather and climate phenomena
Fall 2016
Dr. Greg McFarquhar (Co-Chair)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
PH: 217/265-5458
mcfarq @ atmos . uiuc . edu
  • cloud physics
  • effects of cloud processes on weather and climate
Spring 2017

Dr. Eric Pardyjak
University of Utah
Mechanical Engineering

PH: 801/585-6414
pardyjak @ mech . utah . edu
  • atmospheric turbulence
  • urban fluid mechanics
Spring 2017
Dr. Tom Parish
University of Wyoming
Atmospheric Sciences
PH: 307/766-5153
parish @ uwyo . edu
  • atmospheric motion
  • polar research
Fall 2016
Dr. Walt Petersen
NASA GSFC/Wallops Flight Facility
PH: 757/824-1567
walt.petersen @ nasa . gov
  • mesoscale meteorology
  • numerical modeling
  • dynamics of convective storms
  • radar meteorology
Spring 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Sanabia
US Naval Academy
Department of Oceanography

 

PH: 410/293-6556
sanabia @ usna . edu
  • tropical meteorology
  • air sea interactions
  • cyclone/typhoons
Spring 2019

Dr. Jielun Sun
National Center for Atmospheric Research

PH: 303/497-8994
jsun @ ucar . edu
  • micrometeorology
  • BL meteorology
Spring 2017

 

Contact Information: Brigitte Baeuerle (baeuerle @ ucar . edu / 303-497-2061)