The Post-CARA Entity:
INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC OBSERVATORY (IAO)

John Carlstrom
Associate Director CARA
Spring 1998


Talk Outline
Vision Statement
Management Issues for Polar Astrophysics
Need for an organization
Optimize Scientific Output
Are there existing models for the IAO?
A model for the IAO?
Other Existing Models
Strategic Planning
Scientific Opportunities for a Long Term Plan
Summary


Talk Outline

  1. Vision
  2. Polar Astrophysics Management Issues
  3. Need for an organization
  4. Existing Models
  5. Strategic Planning

Vision Statement

Antarctica holds tremendous potential for Astrophysics which will be fully realized by an organization that provides logistical support, community access, knowledge transfer, education and outreach. The International Antarctic Observatory (IAO) will be such an organization, and will exploit this potential through an intellectual partnership to conduct the highest quality astrophysics.

Management Issues for Polar Astrophysics

focus: the unique atmospheric conditions:
COLD -- TRANSPARENT -- STABLE
THEREFORE:

Need for an organization

Must have an umbrella organization to:

Optimize Scientific Output

Are there existing models for the IAO?

CARA STC - evolving to the IAO

A model for the IAO?
Institute of Astronomy: Mauna Kea

Institute of Astronomy <-> IAO
University of Hawaii <-> University of Chicago
MKSS <-> ASA
State of Hawaii <-> NSF/OPP

Good site, well managed
And tremendously successful observatories

but,

Other Existing Models

Strategic Planning

IAO planning committee (Chair J. Carlstrom)

Scientific Opportunities for a Long Term Plan

Endorsed by the NRC 1990 Decadal Review (Bahcall et al. 1991)

Summary

Planning process has begun in earnest Therefore: