Now that federal construction on LSST has formally begun, the LSST Project has constituted a Science Advisory Committee (SAC). The committee’s job is to represent the wider scientific community (including the US astronomical community) and to advise LSST Project Director Steve Kahn as decisions are made throughout the LSST construction phase.
The SAC’s ultimate goal is to help the LSST project and the community maximize the science output from LSST. The committee’s purview includes, but is not limited to, the choice of observing cadences, plans for scientific commissioning of the LSST, and the relationship between the LSST project, the science community, and LSST science collaborations. The LSST SAC website lists the SAC’s members and includes previous meetings’ minutes. Please contact any of the SAC members if you have questions or would like to give input into any aspect of LSST.
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