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



Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
   California Institute of Technology

Lunar and Planetary Institute
Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
   California Institute of Technology
National Aeronautics and
   Space Administration
Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Kurt J. Lesker Company
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Varian Incorporated

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 Technology
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.

May 5–8, 2008
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. Two dedicated poster sessions 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.


Participants will be able to register and pick up workshop materials from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the registration desk in the Atrium. Participants are encouraged to meet up and enjoy the complimentary manager’s reception for resort guests from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Atrium.

Technical sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. The resort offers guests a daily complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast in the Surf Room from 6:00–9:30 a.m. Please take advantage of this offer as only beverages will be provided during the morning breaks. The workshop will break for lunch daily from 12:15–1:45 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and from 12:30–2:00 p.m. on Wednesday to allow guests to visit restaurants in and around the resort area. Poster sessions are scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 4:15–6:30 p.m. Beverages and light appetizers will be served at the poster sessions. The meeting will conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday to allow participants to travel.

The preliminary program and abstracts are now available.


Invited presentations are scheduled to allow 30 minutes for speaking. Contributed presentations are scheduled to allow 15 minutes for speaking. Audio-visual equipment available will include an LCD projector and a PC laptop. All electronic presentations must follow workshop guidelines as detailed in the instructions for electronic presentations.


Authors must be present to discuss their posters at the scheduled sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 4:15–6:30 p.m. Each poster display space is 44" x 44". Posters should be designed to attach to the panel with push pins, which will be provided. 

Poster presenters will have an opportunity during the oral sessions to give a one-minute presentation highlighting their posters. One or two slides may be shown. In order to create a vibrant and rewarding poster session, all participants are encouraged to take poster sessions seriously, visit as many posters as possible, and enjoy the refreshments provided.

Posters will remain on display throughout the workshop.


A fee of $225.00, for both professionals and students, will be assessed each participant to cover workshop services including morning and afternoon coffee breaks, two poster session receptions, and a program and abstract volume.

Registration at the reduced rate is no longer available. Registration will be available at the meeting beginning Sunday evening. Cancellations with requests for refunds will be accepted through April 22. A $25.00 processing fee will be charged on all cancellations.


The room block at Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort is now sold out. Sleeping rooms at the resort are subject to availability and standard room rates, which begin at $179.00 per night. 

The closest hotel to the Science of Solar System Ices Workshop is the Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor, 3231 Peninsula Road, Oxnard, California, 93035. The Hampton Inn is extending a room block at the special rates of $119.00 or $139.00 per night for ScSSI workshop participants. To access this special rate, please make your reservation via the Hampton Inn online reservation web site.

**  Type in the code “LPI” in the GROUP/CONVENTION CODE box to obtain the special rate. **


Oxnard is located about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara.

The Oxnard Airport (OXR) offers daily commuter and connecting flights to Los Angeles Airport (LAX).   Oxnard is an 80-minute drive from LAX via the 405 and 101 freeways. Alternatively, it is a pleasant 90-minute drive with gorgeous ocean views along the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) through Malibu.

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) provides direct service from Dallas/DFW, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and San Jose. Amtrak and Greyhound bus services also operate out of Oxnard. Click here for detailed transportation options.


For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the workshop, contact
     Jet Propulsion Laboratory
     Phone:  818-354-2637

For further information regarding workshop logistics, accommodations, and announcements, contact
     Lunar and Planetary Institute
     Phone: 281-486-2164
     Fax: 281-486-2125

For further information regarding registration, contact
     Lunar and Planetary Institute
     Phone: 281-486-2142
     Fax: 281-486-2125



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