Workshop Scope

The LSST science community is invited to play a key role in the definition of LSST’s Observing Strategy by submitting white papers to help refine the ‘main survey’ strategy and fully define the use of 10-20% of time expected to be devoted to various mini surveys, Deep Drilling fields and Target of Opportunity programs. The LSST Project is soliciting white papers to help plan aspects of the LSST survey strategy including the sky coverage, per-bandpass imaging depth, temporal coverage, and various detailed observing constraints. Details are provided in the Call for White Papers on LSST Cadence Optimization with deadline for white paper submission is November 30, 2018.

The LSST Corporation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics organized and hosted a 3-day workshop for representatives from the Science Collaborations (SCs) and cadence-simulation experts from the LSST project to help and guide workshop participants.

Here are the results of these three days of work - 4 slides for each planned paper and a video of the slides presentation!

The Challenge to Participants

The LSST Science Advisory Committee (SAC) will have to review the set of submitted white papers and distill from them a list of observing strategies for the LSST Project to simulate, so:

  • Make the whole suite of in-prep science collaboration white papers better, by pro-actively identifying overlaps between your draft white papers, exploring synergies between science cases, and investigating the likely trade-offs that the SAC will have to consider.

The LSST Project will have to implement the LSST Community’s proposed observing strategies, so:

  • Design new observing strategies that could meet our collective science goals, and investigate how they could be simulated.

The LSST Project will need to quantitatively evaluate the science performance of all the new observing strategies, so:

  • Provide in-depth descriptions of how to evaluate simulated cadences from your particular science viewpoint, using simple diagnostic performance metrics and/or heuristic or approximate figures of merit.

Your target product for this workshop is a 4-slide summary presentation, that includes:

  1. A description of the scientific opportunity, synergy or tension you investigated,
  2. A new observing strategy that, when simulated, could improve our understanding of the above,
  3. The OpSim set-up or required new features that would be needed to simulate this strategy,
  4. A description of the performance metrics that should be used to evaluate this and all other simulated cadences given the science in question.

Code of Conduct

The SOC and all partners in the organization of this workshop are committed to providing a welcoming and productive environment at this meeting. All meeting participants will be expected to read and abide by the updated LSST Meeting Code of Conduct and by the AURA Workplace Conduct Standards