Planetary Taxonomy: The Geophysical Planet Definition

Sunday, March 18, 2:30 to 4:00 PM, Panther Creek Room, at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)

Come to a frank, open, but friendly panelist discussion on the scientific usefulness – or lack thereof – of the Geophysical Planet Definition (GPD) in recognizing the many subcategories of
“full-fledged” planets such as giant, terrestrial, dwarf, satellite planet, etc. The panelists will also discuss the need for a deeper understanding of scientists’ taxonomic freedoms and responsibilities, clearer science communication and pedagogy, enhanced scientific literacy, and how the GPD is a vehicle for these goals.