Breakout Groups

Breakout groups will convene each day to examine themes and strategies that are relevant to the ALPS II Mission:
1. To survey progress in autonomous platforms and sensors for ocean research since the original ALPS meeting 13 years ago
2. To assess future prospects and challenges

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Day 1, Tuesday, Feb 21

3–4 pm
With a particular focus on ALPS technologies,
• What lessons have we learned from the most important scientific breakthroughs enabled by ALPS?
• What technological, operational and scientific challenges have they identified?
• What new directions do these challenges point us toward?

Day 2, Wednesday, Feb 22

11 am – noon
With a particular focus on ALPS advancing science on a global scale,
• Considering the past decade or so, what have been the most important scientific breakthroughs made possible by ALPS?
• What important lessons have been learned with respect to tackling scientific questions with ALPS?
• What are major new opportunities for ALPS to advance the science?
• What are the biggest scientific challenges and needs from ALPS technologies?

3–4 pm
With a particular focus on ALPS advancing science on a regional scale,
• Considering the past decade or so, what have been the most important scientific breakthroughs made possible by ALPS?
• What important lessons have been learned with respect to tackling scientific questions with ALPS?
• What are major new opportunities for ALPS to advance the science?
• What are the biggest scientific challenges and needs from ALPS technologies?

Day 3, Thursday, Feb 23

11 am – noon
With a particular focus on ALPS infrastructure and access,
• What are ALPS needs for a broader user base?
• What are effective strategies for broadening the ALPS user base, and lowering barriers to ALPS technology and deliverables?
• What are effective strategies for supporting the operation of ALPS for science missions? For operational observing?
• What are the most effective strategies for maintaining sustained support for development of new technologies and approaches?

3–4 pm
With a particular focus on integrating ALPS for forecast and other modeling needs,
• What have been important steps forward with respect to modeling and ALPS in the past ~decade?
• What are the modeling communities’ biggest needs from ALPS, and vice versa?
• What are major barriers to effective use and integration of ALPS data, and what strategies can be effective in overcoming these barriers?

Day 4, Friday, Feb 24

Plenary
With a particular focus on the future of ALPS,
• What are broad visions for ALPS technology, capabilities, infrastructure, and user base in the next decade, and in the coming decades? Think big!
• Follow-up activities and recommendations.