Science of Solar System Ices (ScSSI): A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop, May 5-8, 2008, Oxnard, California



Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
   California Institute of

Lunar and Planetary Institute,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
   California Institute of
National Aeronautics and
   Space Administration

Murthy Gudipati,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Bob Pappalardo,
   Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Julie Castillo,
   Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Lou Allamandola,
   NASA Ames Research Center
Akiva Bar-Nun,
   Tel Aviv University
Pat Beauchamp,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mike Brown,
   California Institute of

Bonnie Buratti,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Razvan Caracas,
    Universität Bayreuth
Julie Castillo,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Brad Dalton,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Paul Duval,
    Centre National de la
    Recherche Scientifique
Andrew Fortes,
    University College London
Murthy Gudipati,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bob Johnson,
    University of Virginia
Isik Kanik,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jeff Kargel,
    University of Arizona
Steve Kirby,
    U.S. Geological Survey
Lonne Lane,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bob Pappalardo,
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Olga Prieto-Ballesteros,
    Instituto Nacional de
    Tecnica Aerospacial

Giovanni Strazzulla,
    INAF Catania Astrophysical


The Science of Solar System Ices (ScSSI): A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop will be held May 5–8, 2008, at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort, 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard, California, 93035 (805-984-2500).  The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort is an all-suite beachfront resort. For visitor information on Oxnard, California, click here.

  Date: May 5–8, 2008
  Location: Oxnard, California

As a response to the growing need for cross-disciplinary dialog and communication in the Planetary Ices science community, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Lunar and Planetary Institute are hosting a workshop entitled  The Science of Solar System Ices (ScSSI): A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop.

The role of laboratory research and simulations in advancing our understanding of solar system ices (including satellites, KBOs, comets, and giant planets) is becoming increasingly important. Understanding ice surface radiation processing, particle and radiation penetration depths, surface and subsurface chemistry, morphology, phases, density, conductivity, etc., are only a few examples of the inventory of issues that are being addressed by Earth-based laboratory research.

This workshop aims to achieve direct dialog and foster focused collaborations among the observational, modeling, and laboratory research communities.


Experimentalists, observers, and modelers will come together to share their knowledge, learn, discuss the present understanding of solar system ices, summarize outstanding issues, and identify future research thrust areas.

The workshop will not be a status report, in any given subfield, but rather, each planetary observational and modeling speaker has been asked to outline how his or her research can benefit from laboratory data and what new data are needed. Similarly, presenters of laboratory work are expected to include discussion of areas in which their data has been of help or may be of help in the future. In particular, as a community, we need to understand what current data is accepted as valid and what new laboratory data is needed.


The workshop will consist of review talks, contributed talks, and posters. Review talks of 30 minutes each will be followed by contributed talks of 15 minutes on related topics. A substantial amount of time will be allotted for discussion during each session. There will be no parallel sessions, enabling full attendance for each presentation. An evening poster session will foster full attendance, provide ample time for the exchange of ideas, and promote initiation of new collaborative initiatives.  Posters will be on display throughout the workshop.

The workshop will address two principal topics pertinent to the science of solar system ices:
     Physical state and processes
     Chemical alterations and evolution

These topics will be subdivided into three or four focus subtopics. Reviews and presentations from observational, laboratory data, and modeling studies will be grouped together for each subtopic. Summarizing/synthesizing presentations and discussion will highlight the key issues of each session.

    A welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening, May 4.  Technical sessions will begin Monday morning, May 5, and end at noon on Thursday, May 8, allowing workshop participants to travel on Thursday afternoon.  A poster session and reception is scheduled on Tuesday evening, May 6.


The deadline for abstract submission will be Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 5:00 p.m. CST (see timezone map). Abstract submission will be handled through this website. Forms and instructions for submitting abstracts will be included in the second announcement.

The final announcement and workshop program will be posted on this website by March 26, 2008.

   Abstract Deadline:
   Tuesday, February 19, 2008
   5:00 p.m. CST
   (see timezone map)
      To subscribe to a mailing list to receive electronic reminders and special announcements relating to the meeting via e-mail, please submit an electronic Indication of Intent form by December 18, 2007.


For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the workshop, contact
     Jet Propulsion Laboratory
     Phone:  818-354-2637
     E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding workshop logistics, accommodations, and announcements, contact
     Lunar and Planetary Institute
     Phone: 281-486-2164
     Fax: 281-486-2125
     E-mail: [email protected]

December 18, 2007
Deadline for Indication of Intent forms and
second announcement with call for abstracts posted
February 19, 2008
Deadline for abstract submission
March 26, 2008
Final announcement with program and abstracts posted
April 4, 2008
Deadline for hotel reservations at the special rate
April 8, 2008
Deadline for workshop registration at reduced rate
  May 5–8, 2008
The Science of Solar System Ices (ScSSI):
A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop


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