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3. Operations The OFAP assesses the overall operational set-up including strategies for platform coordination and communications. Other operational aspects include compliance with necessary regulatory requirements (e.g., ATC coordination, FAA Letter of No Objection, instrument operation) and operational risks associated with personnel and facilities.


4. Platforms and Instrumentation The OFAP is asked to evaluate potential technical risks and issues related to overall measurement activities, including choice of platform (including alternatives), instrument readiness and performance, payload prioritization, and gaps and redundancies.


5. Project Planning, Management, and Implementation Especially large projects that involve multiple facilities, funding agencies, and PIs often require a high level of project coordination and management. The OFAP will assess the PI’s plans to handle and coordinate all project-related activities and requirements, including planning efforts, schedule and timelines, coordination and communications, as well as agency interactions.


6. Data Management and Dissemination


NSF requires that all projects include an appropriate management strategy consisting of a project data policy, collection of supplemental data sets, coordination with various data archival centers, and long-term data stewardship considerations. The OFAP will assess the PI’s plans for handling, dissemination, and archival of project data.


7. Qualification of the Proposer The panel is asked to comment on the background of the requesting PI(s) and her experience in the conduct of observational research.


8. Safety and Security The OFAP is asked to raise any issues or concerns members may have with respect to operations, personnel safety, health, and the political situation in the targeted area or country.


9. Resources and Cost Attention is also paid to requested resources (e.g., flight hours, number of systems or expendables) and whether they are appropriate to accomplish the scientific objectives in a safe manner.


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