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1 Engineer Research and Development Center Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory “We solve problems to make the world safer and better.” Serving the Nation since February 1, 1961 BUILDING STRONG ® Interagency Surface Dynamics Working Group USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center Tucson, AZ March 1-3, 2011 Presenter: John Eylander U. S. Army ERDC/CRREL Hanover, NH, USA

2 BUILDING STRONG ® Monday AM Agenda 08:30 - Welcome and Introductions (Dr. Moran & Dr. Harmon 08:45 – 09:15Meeting overview and goals (Eylander) 09:15 – 09:45Dr. Jeff Cetola & Mr. Chris Franks Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) Operational Land Surface Modeling overview at AFWA 09:45 – 10:30Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard NASA-Goddard Hydrological Sciences Branch The Land Information System as a Research-to-Operations Tool 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10::45 – 11:15Gary McWilliams (via telecom) US Army Research Lab Review of Joint Polar Satellite System and Defense Weather Satellite System 11:15 – 12:00Dr. Enrique Vivoni Arizona State University Small catchment activities at Jornada and Santa Rita Experimental Range, and large-scale soil moisture network in Sonora

3 BUILDING STRONG ® Monday Afternoon Agenda 12:00 – 13:00Lunch 13:00 – 13:30Mike Tischler (via telecom) USACE Topographic Engineering Center (Alexandria, VA) TEC soil property mapping update 13:30 – 14:00Mike Follum USACE ERDC Coastal & Hydraulics Lab (Vicksburg, MS) Use of remotely sensed data in hydrologic prediction 14:00 – 14:30Dr. George Mason USACE ERDC Geotechnical and Structures Lab (Vicksburg, MS) 14:30 – 15:00Hsu & Gao Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing UC Irvine 15:00 – 15:15Break

4 BUILDING STRONG ® Monday Afternoon Agenda (cont’d) 15:15 – 15:45 Jingfeng Wang & Rafael Bras University of California at Irvine Modeling Surface Energy Balance Using the MEP Method 15:45 – 16:15Dr. Scott Tyler Univ. of Nevada, Reno Desert Research Institute Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing for Soil Moisture and Environmental Studies: NSF's Community User Facilty. 16:15 – 16:45Dr. Jan Hendrickx New Mexico Tech Assimilation of METRIC Evapotranspiration and soil moisture in a distributed hydrologic model 16:45 – 17:30Open discussion & Wrap up 19:00 -Group Guadalajara Grill

5 BUILDING STRONG ® Goals –Increase organization ties between R&D and OPS groups –Understand methods to support technology transition –Explore ideas for increase interagency research inititives –Increase technology transition rates –Create 2-way information flow among agencies (wherever possible)

6 BUILDING STRONG ® Bridging the “Valley of Death” Understanding the gap between research and Operations communities

7 BUILDING STRONG ® Spanning the “Valley of Death” How do you “bridge the gap” –Know/document your functional TRL level –Understand the integration “process” –Take advantage of common “R&D to OPS” software tools in your research Land Information System (LIS) Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model –Collaborate!

8 BUILDING STRONG ® Technical Readiness Levels BASIC PRINCIPLES OBSERVED AND REPORTED: Transition from scientific research to applied research. Essential characteristics and behaviors of systems and architectures. Descriptive tools are mathematical formulations or algorithms TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT AND/OR APPLICATION FORMULATED: Applied research. Theory and scientific principles are focused on specific application area to define the concept. Characteristics of the application are described. Analytical tools are developed for simulation or analysis of the application ANALYTICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL CRITICAL FUNCTION AND/OR CHARACTERISTIC PROOF-OF- CONCEPT: Proof of concept validation. Active Research and Development (R&D) is initiated with analytical and laboratory studies. Demonstration of technical feasibility using breadboard or brassboard implementations that are exercised with representative data COMPONENT/SUBSYSTEM VALIDATION IN LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT: Standalone prototyping implementation and test. Integration of technology elements. Experiments with full-scale problems or data sets.

9 BUILDING STRONG ® Technical Readiness Levels SYSTEM/SUBSYSTEM/COMPONENT VALIDATION IN RELEVANT ENVIRONMENT: Thorough testing of prototyping in representative environment. Basic technology elements integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements. Prototyping implementations conform to target environment and interfaces SYSTEM/SUBSYSTEM MODEL OR PROTOTYPING DEMONSTRATION IN A RELEVANT END-TO-END ENVIRONMENT (GROUND OR SPACE): Prototyping implementations on full- scale realistic problems. Partially integrated with existing systems. Limited documentation available. Engineering feasibility fully demonstrated in actual system application SYSTEM PROTOTYPING DEMONSTRATION IN AN OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT (GROUND OR SPACE): System prototyping demonstration in operational environment. System is at or near scale of the operational system, with most functions available for demonstration and test. Well integrated with collateral and ancillary systems. Limited documentation available ACTUAL SYSTEM COMPLETED AND "MISSION QUALIFIED" THROUGH TEST AND DEMONSTRATION IN AN OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT (GROUND OR SPACE): End of system development. Fully integrated with operational hardware and software systems. Most user documentation, training documentation, and maintenance documentation completed. All functionality tested in simulated and operational scenarios. Verification and Validation (V&V) completed.

10 BUILDING STRONG ® Technical Readiness Levels ACTUAL SYSTEM "MISSION PROVEN" THROUGH SUCCESSFUL MISSION OPERATIONS (GROUND OR SPACE): Fully integrated with operational hardware/software systems. Actual system has been thoroughly demonstrated and tested in its operational environment. All documentation completed. Successful operational experience. Sustaining engineering support in place.

11 BUILDING STRONG ® Research Software “Buy-Back” Research to OPS software technology transitions incur significant software redevelopment period –“Up-time” requirements –Database and infrastructure engineering –Data handling (input/output) issues –Error handling –Coding standards –Network requirements –Data format External/R&D groups generally not concerned with most OPS center software issues, leading to delays in tech transition Software buy-back process goal is to share same software environment Basic R&D Applied Research Prototype Development Integration Process Research Buy-Back

12 BUILDING STRONG ® Research Network Enabling Concept Goal: Adapt “buy-back” process across DoD weather & terrestrial science programs –Collaborative software tools –Collaborative research environments –Shared software development process –Reduced costs to basic/applied research organizations –Faster rate of integration LIS Basic Research Applied Research Prototype Development Integration & Test Ops Integration

13 BUILDING STRONG ® New Concept: Science Logistics Management Goal: Manage technology transition between TRL’s and research funding programs –6.1 -> 6.2 -> 6.3……. –TRL 1 –> TRL 2 -> TRL3 –Army working to establish new management structure to support weather/terrestrial science tech transition future Air Force Weather involvement


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