Planetary Atmospheres 2007 (PATM 2007), November 6-7, 2007, Baltimore/Washington, DC Area

Planetary Atmospheres 2007 (PATM 2007)

Announcement Update — October 22, 2007


Lunar and Planetary Institute
National Aeronautics and Space

Don Banfield,
   Cornell University
Jay T. Bergstralh,
   NASA Langley Research Center
Mark Bullock,
   Southwest Research Institute
Philippe Crane,
   NASA Headquarters
Neil Dello Russo,
   Johns Hopkins University,
   Applied Physics Laboratory

Heidi B. Hammel,
   Space Science Institute
David L. Huestis,
   SRI International, Molecular
   Physics Laboratory

Carey M. Lisse,
   Johns Hopkins University,
   Applied Physics Laboratory

Julianne I. Moses,
   Lunar and Planetary Institute
Adam P. Showman,
   University of Arizona
Amy A. Simon-Miller,
   NASA Goddard Space
   Flight Center

Philippe Crane,
   NASA Headquarters


  The Workshop on Planetary Atmospheres will be held November 6–7, 2007, at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770.

Important travel information is included in the NASA Travel and Workshop Information document. Please take the time to read this information carefully.


Date:  November 6–7, 2007
Location:  Greenbelt, Maryland


  This professional workshop will highlight scientific research that falls under the traditional purview of the NASA Planetary Atmospheres Program. The main goals of the workshop are to facilitate communication between atmospheres researchers; to provide opportunity for cross-discipline interaction; to identify particular fields of interest in planetary atmospheres research for the next decade; and to stimulate theoretical, laboratory, and data-gathering activities in those critical fields.




  The program will consist of 12 invited overview talks, along with contributed posters. The talks will be 40 minutes long, with 20 minutes scheduled for discussion. The talks are organized along three themes:
  • Atmospheres around bodies with solid surfaces (e.g., terrestrial planets, Titan, Io, Pluto, satellites, small bodies)
  • Giant-planet atmospheres (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune)
  • Other topics (e.g., comets, extrasolar planets, solar wind/magnetosphere/atmosphere interactions)
The talks should be broad overviews that focus on current outstanding questions in the field and should include a discussion of critical future laboratory work, models, and data needed to address those questions. Moderators have been assigned to help lead discussions following the talks.

Posters should be no larger than 42 inches by 42 inches. Posters will remain up both days of the meeting and should be removed no later than 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7.


7:30–8:30 a.m.Breakfast
8:30–9:30 a.m.Atmospheric Dynamics on Solid-Surface Bodies Speaker:  Mark Richardson
Moderator:  Steve Bougher
9:30–10:30 a.m.Atmospheric Evolution and Escape on Solid-Surface Bodies Speaker:  Kevin Zahnle
Moderator:  Jim Kasting
10:30–11:30 a.m.Poster Session 1
Solid-Surface Bodies: Structure/Dynamics
11:30–12:30 p.m.Atmospheric Dynamics on Giant Planets Speaker:  Adam Showman
Moderator:  Mike Flasar
12:30–2:00 p.m.Lunch
2:00–3:00 p.m.Atmospheric Composition/Chemistry on Giant Planets Speaker:  Julie Moses
Moderator:  Gordy Bjoraker
3:00–4:00 p.m.Atmospheric Composition/Chemistry/Structure on Solid-Surface Bodies Speaker:  Sushil Atreya
Moderator:  Caitlin Griffith
4:00–5:00 p.m.Poster Session 2
Giant-Planet Aeronomy/Chemistry/Structure/Dynamics
5:00–6:00 p.m.Atmospheres of Extrasolar Planets Speaker:  Sara Seager
Moderator:  Joe Harrington
7:30–8:30 a.m.Breakfast
8:30–9:30 a.m.Surface-Atmosphere Interactions on Solid-Surface Bodies Speaker:  Ralph Lorenz
Moderator:  Bob Johnson
9:30–10:30 a.m.Upper Atmospheres/Aeronomy on Giant Planets Speaker:  Andy Nagy
Moderator:  Randy Gladstone
10:30–11:30 a.m.Poster Session 3
Solid-Surface Bodies: Composition/Chemistry/Aeronomy/Evolution
11:30–12:30 p.m.Thermal Structure and Aerosols on Giant Planets Speaker:  Bob West
Moderator:  Glenn Orton
12:30–2:00 p.m.Lunch
2:00–3:00 p.m.Plasma Interaction Effects Speaker:  Janet Luhmann
Moderator:  Chris Russell
3:00–4:00 p.m.Giant Planet Interiors/Origins Speaker:  Tristan Guillot
Moderator:  Bill Hubbard
4:00–5:00 p.m.Poster Session 4
Comets and Low-Density Satellite Atmospheres
5:00-6:00 p.m.Cometary Atmospheres Speaker:  Neil Dello Russo
Moderator:  Carey Lisse




  There is no registration fee for this workshop, but those planning to attend need to register in advance of the meeting. To assist the organizers in planning purposes, please submit the electronic registration form no later than October 12, 2007.




A block of sleeping rooms is currently on hold for workshop participants at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel. The hotel is located at 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-228-9290 to make a reservation within the group block no later than Friday, October 5, 2007. When you call, ask the reservations clerk to include you in the "NASA" sleeping room block in order to receive the group rate of $188.00 per night + tax.

Provide the reservations clerk with your full name, credit card number, and expiration date to cover the cost of your room. Lodging for one night will automatically post to your credit card account as a deposit to secure your reservation. Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance prior to your arrival date to be fully refunded by the hotel for your deposit.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit and guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservation unless secured by the prescribed method.

Sleeping rooms have been blocked for PATM participants according to the following schedule:

For participants attending only the PATM workshop, check in is on Monday, November 5, 4:00 p.m.; check-out is on Wednesday, November 7, at 12:00 noon. Those attending VEXAG or OPAG or both should check with the information for those meetings.

Reservations by attendees must be received by the hotel on or before Friday, October 5, 2007. After this date, the hotel will release all unreserved rooms for general sale to the public at market rates, and determine whether or not it can accept reservations based on a space-and-rate available basis at the group rate.

For your convenience and to ensure that your office and family can contact you, the hotel's phone number is (301) 441-3700. The guest fax number is (301) 441-3995.

LOCAL AIRPORTS (Please Note: All cab estimates given below are for one-way travel.)
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI):  The Baltimore Washington International airport is most convenient to the workshop site, as it is located about 21 miles from the Greenbelt Marriott. The cost of a taxi is approximately $25.00 one way; shuttle service is $20.00 for the first person/$10.00 per additional passenger. Travel time is about 30 minutes by car in low-congestion traffic.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA):  Located about 22 miles from the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel and generally costs $35.00–$40.00 by taxi. Travel time is about 45 minutes by car in low-congestion traffic.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD):  Located about 35 miles from the hotel. Offers more nonstop flights from west coast locations. Transportation is available via Washington Flyer cab service (costs $50.00–$60.00); shuttle service is about $25.00 for the first passenger/$10.00 per additional passenger. Travel time is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour by car in low-congestion traffic.

Visit the following websites for more information about these airports:

DCA and IAD Airports

METRO (Subway System)
The Metro is highly regarded by local residents as clean and safe as well as user friendly to visitors. From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, take the Green line in the direction of "Greenbelt." Exit the Metro at the "Greenbelt" metro station to get to the hotel.

To better assist you in using the subway system; refer to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website at

The hotel offers complimentary shuttle bus service within a three-mile radius of the hotel. You may schedule a pick-up from the Greenbelt Metro station by contacting the front desk at (301) 441-3700. Please wait for the driver under the signage marked "Kiss-N-Ride" located near the parking lot and taxi cab stand.

The hotel shuttle operates hourly from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

A meeting package for meals will be provided daily, which includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon refreshment break. Dinner will not be served. However, a list of local restaurant establishments will be provided at the Event Registration table. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to all participants; government participants, please do not seek reimbursement from your agency or institution.

Travel arrangements and reimbursements for this workshop will not be covered by NRESS, but by your respective agency or institution per approval.





Hotel DeadlineOctober 5, 2007
Registration DeadlineOctober 12, 2007





  Interested participants are encouraged to print and distribute copies of the workshop flyer.




    Planetary Atmospheres Discipline Scientist
    Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Headquarters
    Phone: 202-358-0716




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