Friday, December 11, 2009

A Few New Io/Jupiter System Papers

Sorry for the hiatus there is posts over the last couple of months.  I've just been a bit busy with Cassini plus I wanted to take a bit of a break after posting so much in September and October.  I wanted to post a quick note letting you all know about three new Io/Jupiter System related papers currently in press in the journal Icarus.

The first is titled, "Geologic mapping of the Hi'iaka and Shamshu regions of Io" by Melissa Bunte, David Williams, Ronald Greeley, and Windy Jaeger.  This paper is the latest in a series that covers the geologic histories of some of the regions observed at high- and medium-resolution by Galileo during its flybys in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Back in March, I covered the authors' LPSC abstract on this research so you can read up on that while I slowly get through this paper and post a summary over the weekend (hopefully, there is a major Titan flyby today whose data comes back Sunday morning).

The other Io paper is titled, "Multi-wavelength simulations of atmospheric radiation from Io with a 3-D spherical-shell backward Monte Carlo radiative transfer model" by Sergey Gratiy et al.  Yeah, that's going to take me a bit longer to get through.  Hopefully I can post something next week.

The final paper that caught my eye in Icarus is titled, "Global geological mapping of Ganymede" by G. Wesley Patterson et al.  This paper discusses the completed Ganymede global geologic map and presents research on the observed geologic units on that satellite.  Again, I've only flipped through the article, and maybe later this month I can write up something about it.


  1. The first paper you cite, "Gologic mapping..." has a broken link. When I access , I get a DOI Not Found error.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. That IS the DOI link for that paper, but I guess it doesn't work yet. The paper was just put up in press yesterday. I've updated the article with the Science Direct link which may or may not work.

  3. My pleasure. I've been jonesin' for fresh Io stuff. I see the relevance of the paper; it looks like the dynamics at Hi’iaka and Shamshu could suggest some sort of plate tectonics on Io, which would bolster the case for a moon-wide subsurface molten layer.

    I'm quite eager to hear your opinions after the AGU next week meeting next week on whether Io is a hot analog of Europa.