The Sun-Earth Connection Roadmap is an essential element of the OSS strategic planning process. This process will culminate in a meeting in the spring of 1997 at which OSS senior staff, Space Science Advisory Committee (SScAC) members, and representatives of the space science community will integrate the research initiatives of the four OSS science programs into a single, comprehensive strategic mission plan for the first two decades of the twenty-first century.
The Sun-Earth Connection Roadmap is the product of two community-wide meetings--one hosted by the Applied Physics Laboratory in April 1996, the other hosted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in October 1996--and of meetings of the Sun-Earth Connection Advisory Subcommittee (SECAS) in May 1996 and February 1997. Important contributions to the Roadmap have been made by individual members of the space physics and aeronomy communities as well. Overall responsibility for the development of the Sun-Earth Connection Roadmap was assigned by the director of the Sun-Earth Connection program to a 22-member "strategic planning integration team." The members of this team were selected on the basis of nominations from the space physics community and represented the major subdisciplines of the field of space physics.
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