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Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar  Layered Deposits Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar  Layered Deposits

Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar Layered Deposits

August 8-11, 2017
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

Workshop Overview:

The polar regions of Mars host layered deposits (PLD; ice sheets that together have a volume similar to the Greenland icesheet on Earth) that record climate signals over millions of years of accumulation. The signals stored in the martian layers are caused by variations in rates of ice and dust accumulation and likely record atmospheric variability and perhaps volcanic events. To date, climate models based on derived orbital parameters have given us the most insight into what happened in Mars’ recent past (going back ~20 Myr). However, detailed analyses of the PLD layers would provide a unique opportunity to increase our understanding of the climate history on Mars and test our climate models on a simplified terrestrial planet.

This study will establish a core group of researchers and technologists that will be likely to propose a future mission to the Martian polar regions. The broad interdisciplinary approach necessary for designing an ambitious climate investigation will bring together a group with a diverse set of skills, and will be very inclusive of many types of analytical and remote sensing techniques. We will also identify future opportunities to leverage existing facilities for the study of Mars ice analog samples, and testing hardware for future missions.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Salvatori Seminar Room
South Mudd Building (3rd floor) - Caltech

Short Course: The Polar Ice Caps and Climate of Mars
Introductory Lectures - Open to all interested students, researchers and faculty

Time
Event
Speaker
8:15 - 8:45

Coffee and Refreshments

8:45 - 9:00

Logistics / Introduction

Michele Judd
Paul Hayne

9:00 - 9:45

Overview of Mars' Polar Caps and Present-day Conditions

Shane Byrne

9:45 - 10:30

Polar Stratigraphy

Pat Becerra
10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 11:45

Amazonian Climate Modeling

Melinda Kahre

11:45 - 12:30

Terrestrial Ice Sheets in Climate Studies

Christine Hvidberg

12:30 - 1:30

Short Course Ends: Informal Lunch is provided outside Salvatori Seminar Room

Invitation-Only Workshop Begins
Keck Center - Think Tank, Room 155

1:30 - 1:45

Walk to Keck Center, pick up badge and welcome packet, find seat in the Think Tank

1:45 - 2:30

Workshop Logistics and Introduction to KISS

Michele Judd
2:30 - 3:00

Participant Introductions

Michele Judd

3:00 - 3:30

Study vision and goals for this workshop

Team Leads

3:30 - 4:00

Break

4:00 - 5:00 Finalize study vision and workshop goals via plenary discussion Team Leads
5:00 - 5:30 Solicitation of Lightning Talks Team Leads
5:30 - 6:00 Pack up and walk to the Athenaeum All
6:00 Dinner at the Athenaeum

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Keck Center - Think Tank, Room 155

Time
Event
Speaker
8:00 - 8:30

Institute Opens - FREE THINK TIME

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and Refreshments at Keck Center

9:00 - 9:15

Logistics and Team Lead Goals for the Day

Michele Judd and Team Leads

9:15 - 10:00

Remote Sensing Approaches from Orbit and Surface

Wendy Calvin, Than Putzig

10:00 - 10:30

Lightning Talks (2)

TBD by participants
10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 11:30

Selection of Breakout Groups and Topics

All
11:30 - 12:30

Breakout Groups Meet

Groups

12:30 - 2:00

Group Picture and Lunch at the Athenaeum

2:00 - 2:45 Report outs from breakout groups (15 mins each) Groups
2:45 - 3:30 Lightning Talks (3) TBD by participants
3:30 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 4:15 Selection of Breakout Groups and Topics All
4:15 - 5:30 Breakout Groups Meet Groups
5:30 - 7:30 POSTER SESSION and Informal food truck dinner at the Keck Center
(dinner starts at 6:30 pm)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Keck Center - Think Tank, Room 155

Time
Event
Speaker
8:00 - 8:30

Institute Opens - FREE THINK TIME

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and Refreshments at Keck Center

9:00 - 9:15

Logistics and Team Lead Goals for the Day

Michele Judd
Team Leads

9:15 - 9:45

Report outs from breakout groups (10 mins each)

Groups
9:45 - 10:30

Sampling and In-situ Analysis

Rachel Obbard, Kris Zacny

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 11:15

Lightning talks (1)

TBD by participants

11:15 - 11:30

Selection of Breakout Groups and Topics

All

11:30 - 12:30

Breakout Groups Meet

All
12:30 - 2:00  Lunch at Athenaeum
2:00 - 2:30 FREE THINK TIME (individual, or self organizing small groups) All
2:30 - 3:30 Breakout Groups Meet (continued) All
3:30 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 4:45 Report outs from breakout groups (15 mins each) Groups
4:45 - 5:30 Plenary Discussion, selection of final breakout groups All
5:30 Pack up and walk to Athenaeum All
6:00 Dinner at the Athenaeum (with spouses and significant others)

Friday August 11, 2017

Keck Center - Think Tank, Room 155

Time
Event
Speaker
8:00 - 8:30

Institute Opens - FREE THINK TIME

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and Refreshments at Keck Center

9:00 - 9:15

Logistics and Team Lead Goals for the Day

Michele Judd
Team Leads

9:15 - 10:30

Breakout Groups

All
10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 11:45

Final study activities and assignments - Group Discussion

All

11:45 - 12:00

Workshop Closeout

Michele Judd
12:00

Workshop Concludes


Workshop Participants:

  • Don Banfield – Cornell University
  • Patricio Becerra – Universität Bern
  • Peter Buhler – Caltech
  • Shane Byrne – University of Arizona
  • Wendy Calvin – University of Nevada-Reno
  • Lynn Carter – University of Arizona
  • Lauren Edgar - U.S. Geological Survey
  • Bethany Ehlmann – Caltech and JPL
  • Jeremy Emmett -  New Mexico State University
  • Jennifer Hanley – Lowell Observatory
  • Candy Hansen - Planetary Science Institute
  • Paul Hayne – JPL
  • Bryana Henderson - JPL
  • Briony Horgan – Purdue University
  • Christine S. Hvidberg – University of Copenhagen
  • Melinda Kahre – NASA-Ames Research Center
  • Armin Kleinboehl – JPL
  • Dan Lalich - University of Texas
  • Margaret Landis – University of Arizona
  • Sarah Milkovich - JPL
  • Thomas Navarro – UCLA
  • Rachel Obbard – Dartmouth College
  • David Paige – UCLA
  • Sergio Parra - Georgia Tech
  • Matthew Perry – Planetary Science Institute
  • Sylvain Piqueux - JPL
  • Than Putzig – Planetary Science Institute
  • Matt Siegler – Planetary Science Institute
  • Mark Skidmore - Montana State University
  • Isaac Smith – Planetary Science Institute
  • Nick Thomas – Universität Bern
  • Kris Zacny – Honeybee Robotics

Lodging for out-of-town attendees

There are a number of hotels (4 pages pdf, 143KB) that are close to the Caltech campus where we have a negotiated rate. (Please note that this negotiated rate does not guarantee you the lowest rate as there may be internet specials or AAA rates that may be better.)

Please note that with enough notice, you can reserve rooms for attendees at the Athenaeum, which has been recognized as a Platinum Club of America. Newly refurbished, it is conveniently located on the Caltech Campus. Contact Janet Seid if you would like to check the availability of this option.


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Parking (for Visitors and for JPL Personnel)

For Visitors: From the Arroyo Parkway, turn right (east) on Del Mar Avenue. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your right. Turn right (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

For JPL Personnel: JPLers may use their JPL hang tag for parking or request a special parking hangtag from the JPL parking office. Employees who do not have on-Lab parking privileges can obtain a hang tag created for this purpose from JPL parking coordinator Robert Kennedy (818-354-4586, Building 310-108B, 9/80 schedule). Please park in the outdoor parking lot located on Michigan Avenue in an unmarked spot.


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Short Course Presentations

Patricio Becerra
Universität Bern
Polar Stratigraphy
(64.2 MB .pdf)
(video)
Shane Byrne
University of Arizona
Mars’ Polar Caps and Present-Day Conditions
(14.2 MB .pdf)
(video)
Christine Hvidberg
Univ. of Copenhagen
Terrestrial Ice Sheets in Climate Studies
(8 MB .pdf)
(video)
Melinda Kahre
NASA Ames Research Center
Amazonian Climate Modeling
(10 MB .pdf)
(video)

Workshop Presentations

Patricio Becerra
Universität Bern
Where Oh Where Should We Go?
(14.9 MB .pdf)
Wendy Calvin
University of Nevada-Reno

Optical and Infrared Remote Sensing - From Orbit and In Situ

(23 MB .pdf)
Bethany Ehlmann
Caltech/JPL

Mars Dust/Soil (4.3 MB .pdf)

Isotopes (1.2 MB .pdf)

Briony Horgan
Purdue University

 

Bethany Ehlmann
Caltech/JPL

Dust and Other Impurities in the NPLD
(13 MB .pdf)

Christine Hvidberg
Univ. of Copenhagen

Dating of Terrestrial Ice Cores 
(939 KB .pdf)

Dan Lalich
University of Texas

What Causes Radar Reflections?
(16 MB .pdf)

Sarah Milkovich
JPL/Caltech
Cryobot Thermal Drills in the NPLD
(2 MB .pdf)
Rachel Obbard
Dartmouth College

Sampling and In-Situ Analysis
(22 MB .pdf)

David Paige
UCLA

Mars Firn Layers: Insights from Thermal Mapping Studies (9.37 MB .pdf)

Mars Polar Pathfinder and Mars Polar Lander (62 MB .pdf)

Than Putzig
Planetary Science Institute
Remote-Sensing Approaches from Orbit and Surface: Radar and Seismic Methods
(34.4 MB .pdf)
Matt Siegler
Planetary Science Institute

Isotopic Measurements for the Mars Ice Cap
(3.6 MB .pdf)

Mark Skidmore
Montana State University

Debris Containing Glacial Ice: Greenland Basal Ice
(269 KB .pdf)

Isaac Smith
Planetary Science Institute
Reservoirs of H2O
(14.9 MB .pdf)
Kris Zacny
Honeybee Robotics
Drilling Into Mars PLD
(6.5 MB .pdf)