Rock, Dust and Ice: Interpreting planetary data
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Dates: 23, 24, 25, 26 March 2021, 8am-11am Pacific Time

How can we leverage multi-wavelength observations, radiative transfer theory and laboratory work to characterize planetary solids? This 4-day virtual workshop will bring together observers, modelers and laboratory astronomers to discuss the interpretation of observations of rocks, ices and dust on and around Solar System objects. A large variety of complementary observational techniques will be featured, via invited and contributed presentations, as well as different methods to constrain solids’ fundamental properties such as composition, porosity, thermal inertia and grain size distribution. The workshop is organized by the SOFIA Science Center, and a special emphasis will be put on mid- and far-IR data. Each daily 3-h session will include ample time for moderated interdisciplinary discussions. The fourth day will be dedicated to a moderated discussion on databases, archives and public codes.

We welcome attendance from scientists at any career level, especially early career scientists; attendants are encouraged to submit contributions for posters and short talks - with an abstract submission deadline of March 9th 2021. Registration is free but necessary to attend.

Day 1: Rocks (rock - regolith composition / thermal properties)

Day 2: Ices

Day 3: Dust (cometary and planetary environments)

Day 4: Archives, databases and codes

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Confirmed Invited speakers include: J. Emery (NAU), S. Protopapa (SWRI), P. Gerakines (NASA Goddard), C. Woodward (U. Minnesota), E. Sciamma O'Brien (NASA Ames), B. Gundlach (Technische Universität Braunschweig), I. Belskaya (Kharkiv National University), Melissa Lane (PSI), Alessandro Maturilli (DLR/IFP),  Dale Cruikshank (NASA Ames)

SOC:  A. Moullet (SOFIA/USRA), Bobby Bus (IRTF), Thomas Mueller (MPE, Munich), Edith Fayolle (JPL), Amanda Hendrix (PSI), Maggie MacAdam (NASA Ames), B-G Andersson (SOFIA/USRA), Jim Jackson (SOFIA/USRA)