SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS
A SCIENCE FOR A TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
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This booklet provides an overview of the most recent National Research Council decadal survey of solar and space physics, Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society (The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2013), authored by the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics). Details about obtaining copies of the full report can be found at <http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/index.htm>.
COMMITTEE ON A DECADAL STRATEGY FOR SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS (HELIOPHYSICS)
DANIEL N. BAKER, University of Colorado, Boulder, Chair
THOMAS H. ZURBUCHEN, University of Michigan, Vice Chair
BRIAN J. ANDERSON, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory
STEVEN J. BATTEL, Battel Engineering
JAMES F. DRAKE, JR., University of Maryland, College Park
LENNARD A. FISK, University of Michigan
MARVIN A. GELLER, Stony Brook University
SARAH GIBSON, National Center for Atmospheric Research
MICHAEL HESSE, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
J. TODD HOEKSEMA, Stanford University
MARY K. HUDSON, Dartmouth College
DAVID L. HYSELL, Cornell University
THOMAS J. IMMEL, University of California, Berkeley
JUSTIN KASPER, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
JUDITH L. LEAN, Naval Research Laboratory
RAMON E. LOPEZ, University of Texas, Arlington
HOWARD J. SINGER, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
HARLAN E. SPENCE, University of New Hampshire
EDWARD C. STONE, California Institute of Technology
ARTHUR A. CHARO, Senior Program Officer, Space Studies Board, Study Director
ABIGAIL A. SHEFFER, Associate Program Officer, Space Studies Board
Support for this publication was provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Contract NNH11CD57B, task number NNH14CL39D). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agency that provided support for the project.
The Space Studies Board acknowledges Arthur Charo, the decadal survey committee, and its Committee on Solar and Space Physics for drafting the text of this booklet.
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