Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary(M)
Session Sub-categoryApplied Geosciences(AG)
Session IDM-AG43
TitleThe Application Usability Level (AUL): A Standard Measure of Progress to Benefit Space Research
Short TitleApplication Usability Levels (AULs)
Main Convener NameJeffrey Klenzing
AffiliationNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Co-Convener 1NameAdam C Kellerman
AffiliationUniversity of California Los Angeles
Co-Convener 2NameBrett A Carter
AffiliationRMIT University
Co-Convener 3NameTam Dao
AffiliationGeospatial Center, RMIT University
Session LanguageE
ScopeAs space physics becomes both more interdisciplinary and more intertwined with commercial and government operations, there has risen a need for improved communication between different groups, and a system for tracking the progress of a project towards the specific application for a given user. The Application Usability Level (AUL) framework was developed precisely for this task, and in addition, encourages publication of instrument-like papers for delivering and publicizing AULs to help the community quantify the progress of successful applications, metrics, and validation efforts.

In a given project within the AUL framework, there is typically a diverse eco-system of individuals necessary to ultimately produce a useful space weather product or productive research collaboration. For example, in the case of non-academic fields, users and researchers alike may benefit from a translator, i.e. a broker, who may help with the effective transition from research to operations. Independent validators are another essential player for validation efforts and comparing like products for a specified application. In many cases the different players throughout the process will act in multiple roles as well as act in different roles for different projects and AUL pathways.

We invite papers to this session that show projects which are using the AUL framework, have found new research and applications through transdisciplinary interactions, or describe how a project moves through this eco-system and the players involved.
Presentation FormatOral and Poster presentation