Information - GM7 Comparing and contrasting planetary landscapes and surface processes (co-listed in PS)
Recent spacecraft missions are providing exciting new insights into surface processes and landscape evolution on other terrestrial planets. New imagery coupled with detailed topographic data and ground truth results from rovers are giving us high-resolution information about landforms, sedimentary deposits, and surface processes. Together these new datasets provide new insights into significant questions about planetary geomorphology. For example, When and how active were fluvial processes on Mars? What is the nature of the methane ‘rivers’ on Titan?
Enormous research potential exists at the interface of geomorphology and planetary sciences, and in particular at the comparison between surface systems on earth with those on other planetary bodies. This is because landscapes on other planets represent geomorphic experiments conducted under different environmental conditions.
This session seeks to bring together researchers from both the planetary science and the geomorphic and sedimentary process communities to create a broad interdisciplinary forum for discussion of planetary landscapes.
We seek contributions that investigate questions related to modes and rates of surface processes, spatial and temporal patterns of landscape evolution, and the reconstruction of the palaeo-landscapes. Contributions that address the interactions between surface process systems are particularly welcomed. We also invite papers that address technical aspects of imaging and measurement of geomorphic processes and features, in particular where techniques used in terrestrial geomorphology can be applied to planetary studies.
Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Prof. Gerhard Neukum (FU, Berlin) - Mars Express HRSC Experiment - new results.
Prof. John Zarnecki (Open University, UK) - Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan
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