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Statement of Task

The National Academies will convene a committee to prepare a short report which will articulate the views of the U.S. science community on specific agenda items at issue at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) with potential impact on scientific observations, particularly future radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing observations. The committee will:

•    Identify the agenda items at issue at the 2015 WRC that are potentially relevant to the scientific use of the radio and microwave spectrum, namely for, but not limited to, radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing;

•    Assess each of the identified agenda items for their potential impact—positive, negative, or none—on radio frequency science applications;

•    Describe the scientific justification for protecting radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing observations in agenda items with potential impact, where appropriate;

•    Solicit and consider input from the broad international science community relevant to the committee’s task; and

•    Establish a position, where needed and within the scope of the identified agenda items, to ensure that radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing and other related radio frequency science applications will continue to be able to make needed observations.



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A Statement of Task The National Academies will convene a committee to prepare a short report which will articulate the views of the U.S. science com- munity on specific agenda items at issue at the 2015 World Radio- communication Conference (WRC) with potential impact on scien- tific observations, particularly future radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing observations. The committee will: •  Identify the agenda items at issue at the 2015 WRC that are potentially relevant to the scientific use of the radio and microwave spectrum, namely for, but not limited to, radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing; •  ssess each of the identified agenda items for their potential A impact—positive, negative, or none—on radio frequency sci- ence applications; •  escribe the scientific justification for protecting radio astron- D omy and Earth remote sensing observations in agenda items with potential impact, where appropriate; •  Solicit and consider input from the broad international sci- ence community relevant to the committee’s task; and • stablish a position, where needed and within the scope of E the identified agenda items, to ensure that radio astronomy and Earth remote sensing and other related radio frequency science applications will continue to be able to make needed observations. 37

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38 WORLD RADIOCOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE 2015 In preparing its report, the committee will take into account the anticipated future spectrum requirements of the scientific commu- nities, and will ensure that the needs of multiple communities are appropriately considered.