Wide-Field Astronomical Surveys in the Next Decade

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Wide-angle surveys have been an engine for new discoveries throughout the modern history of astronomy, and have been among the most highly cited and scientifically productive observing facilities in recent years. This trend is likely to continue over the next decade, as many of the most important questions in astrophysics are best tackled with massive surveys, often in synergy with each other and in tandem with the more traditional observatories. We argue that these surveys are most productive and have the greatest impact when the data from the surveys are made public in a timely manner. The rise of the ... continued below

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Strauss, Michael A.; U., /Princeton; Tyson, J.Anthony; /UC, Davis; Anderson, Scott F.; /Washington U., Seattle, Astron. Dept. et al. March 1, 2009.

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Wide-angle surveys have been an engine for new discoveries throughout the modern history of astronomy, and have been among the most highly cited and scientifically productive observing facilities in recent years. This trend is likely to continue over the next decade, as many of the most important questions in astrophysics are best tackled with massive surveys, often in synergy with each other and in tandem with the more traditional observatories. We argue that these surveys are most productive and have the greatest impact when the data from the surveys are made public in a timely manner. The rise of the 'survey astronomer' is a substantial change in the demographics of our field; one of the most important challenges of the next decade is to find ways to recognize the intellectual contributions of those who work on the infrastructure of surveys (hardware, software, survey planning and operations, and databases/data distribution), and to make career paths to allow them to thrive.

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  • Report No.: FERMILAB-FN-0832-CD
  • Grant Number: AC02-07CH11359
  • DOI: 10.2172/952656 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 952656
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc925997

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Strauss, Michael A.; U., /Princeton; Tyson, J.Anthony; /UC, Davis; Anderson, Scott F.; /Washington U., Seattle, Astron. Dept. et al. Wide-Field Astronomical Surveys in the Next Decade, report, March 1, 2009; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc925997/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.