The Hinode SWG has reviewed the processes and procedures for flare observations based on the issuance of a Max Millennium Flare Watch (MMFW) as well as the productivity of Hinode Observation Programs (HOPs). The SWG has made two decisions regarding these observing programs.
First, regions with the potential to create flare will be given the highest observing priority. The target for the observations may utilize the MMFW target designation or Hinode will begin instituting a “Hinode Flare Watch” that may be called by the Chief Planner, Toshi Shimizu, Taro Sakao, or a designate of the Science Schedule Committee. The target for the Hinode Flare watch will be selected at that time, and the instruments will follow that target using approved flare watch programs. Any HOPs not completed as the result of a flare watch will be rescheduled, if possible, and the contact for the HOP will be notified of the change in plan as soon as possible after the issuance of the Hinode Flare watch. Synoptic observations (including synoptic HOPs) should be completed as scheduled or as soon as possible after the end of the flare watch. The SWG will assess success of this new policy at the August 2012 SWG meeting.
The productivity of many of the HOPs in terms of papers published from the observations is much lower than the data collected during Hinode standard observations that are generated by the instrument team members. To better utilize the limited data volume, in accordance with the second decision of the SWG, the weekly data volume allocations will change from roughly 50% HOPs and 50% instrument team observations. The new allocation will be 75% decided by the instrument team or daily planning meeting consensus and 25% SSC scheduled HOPs. The SSC is granted the option of changing this allocation, as circumstances require.