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Summary Report Outline

The following is a draft outline of the summary report that will result from this survey-

SUMMARY REPORT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1- Introduction

1.1- Brief history of pro-am collaborations in astronomy and astrophysics

1.2- Goals of the survey
•    Assess current amateur capabilities and potential, particularly for those not engaged in pro-am collaboration, to demonstrate why collaborations are worthy of consideration by astronomers and funding agencies.
•    Present scientific justification for amateur participation in specific areas of exploration.
•    Make specific recommendations for continued and new pro-am collaborations.

1.3- Broad impact of the survey
•    Scientific- Highlights science that can be faster, cheaper with amateurs; and the science that might never be done without amateurs. Future experiments may be designed based on this concept that would otherwise never be attempted.
•    Educational- Effective amateur programs can be a catalyst to inspire youth to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering. Successfully engaged amateur astronomers make effective ambassadors to share the story, the science, and the adventure of the scientific explorations of our Universe. Identifying successful programs that engage amateur astronomers provides the opportunity for expansion and replication.
•    Financial- Cost savings realized from recommended pro-am collaborations may result in further cost savings in the future. Armed with detailed analysis and scientific justification, we hope it will be easier to obtain funding for pro-am astronomy and astrophysics initiatives.

2- Frontiers

2.2- Solar Studies (including, but not limited to- CME, flares, solar cycles, prominences, seismology, sunspots, Earth-Sun interactions)
•    Current science questions
•    State of professional research
•    State of amateur capabilities
•    Recommendations

2.3- Solar System Science (including, but not limited to- origin, evolution, asteroids, comets, planets, dwarf planets, moons, KBOs, impact cratering, geochemistry, space weather, extra-terrestrial life forms)
•    Current science questions
•    State of professional research
•    State of amateur capabilities
•    Recommendations

2.4- Extra-Solar Planetary Systems (including, but not limited to- origin, evolution, populations, asteroids, comets, planets, moons, extra-solar life forms)
•    Current science questions
•    State of professional research
•    State of amateur capabilities
•    Recommendations

2.5- Stars and Stellar Evolution (including, but not limited to- stellar formation and evolution, low mass stars, massive stars, stellar remnants, exotic stars, multiple systems, clusters, stellar structure, stellar phenomena and activity)
•    Current science questions
•    State of professional research
•    State of amateur capabilities
•    Recommendations

2.6- Galaxies and Cosmology (including, but not limited to- galactic structure and evolution, stellar populations, interstellar media, interacting galaxies, mergers, AGN, QSOs, gas accretion, super-massive black holes, galaxy clusters
•    Current science questions
•    State of professional research
•    State of amateur capabilities
•    Recommendations

3- Summary
•    General summary naming important scientific questions for the coming decade.
•    Specific proposals identifying the most promising opportunities for progress in research in the next decade, taking into consideration those areas where amateur technical capacity is in place for major steps forward.

4- Acknowledgements
•    Committees
•    Individuals
•    Organizations
•    Reviewers
•    Funders

5- Appendix
•    Methodology
•    Biographies of Executive Committee


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