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Boise (USA) 19–22 May 2015

Integrating Models, Remote Sensing, and Field Data

Fourth International Planetary Dunes Workshop

Integrating Models, Remote Sensing, and Field Data

Fourth International Planetary Dunes Workshop

Lieu et date : Boise (USA) 19–22 May 2015

Organisation  : Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Lunar and Planetary Institute


The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of new ideas and approaches to gaining new insights into the aeolian processes that form and maintain dune fields on Earth and other planetary bodies within the solar system.

Landforms and deposits created by the dynamic interactions between granular material and airflow (aeolian processes) occur on several planetary bodies, including Earth, Mars, Titan, and Venus. The recognition of landforms on other planetary bodies requires use of terrestrial analogs in a well-established methodology for interpretation of landforms observed on orbital and lander images of other planetary bodies. Based on the paradigm that morphologically similar landforms are formed in essentially the same manner on different planetary surfaces, this approach can indicate the types of surface processes and environments that occur on an unfamiliar landscape, provided that the fundamentals of the landforms and processes are well understood on Earth.

The workshop will incorporate oral and poster presentations as well as extended discussion dispersed around a one-day field trip to study aeolian features in the Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho. This year, the theme of the workshop will be the integration of models, remote sensing, and field data to increase our fundamental understanding of dune fields on other planetary bodies.

The workshop will bring together researchers with interests in planetary dunes from diverse backgrounds in image analysis, modeling, and terrestrial analog studies. A small group setting will facilitate intensive discussion of problems and issues in an attempt to identify the most promising approaches to understanding these dune systems and to develop a collaborative interdisciplinary research agenda.

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