This year's conference is at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel north of Houston, Texas. This year's conference has also been moved to one week earlier than usual, the week before spring break for many universities. The conference is scheduled for March 1–5, 2010.
Several Io-related abstracts have been submitted for the conference. Unlike previous years, talks and posters this year are generally organized by process, as opposed to specific Io or Galilean satellites sessions. Also, there is definitely an increase in the percentage of Moon or Mars related sessions as opposed to meteorites or outer solar system topics. As a consequence of the former, these talks and posters will be in different sessions.
By now I am sure you know the drill. Over the next few days, I will post discussions of each abstract here on the blog. The links below take you to the abstracts themselves. I will add links to my discussion of them as they are posted in the bullet list below.
- Volcanism on Io: Results from Global Geologic Mapping by Dave Williams et al. This poster will present updates regarding the global geologic mapping project and research based on this new map. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- Io: The Dark Paterae Component of Heat Flow by G. J. Veeder et al. Last year, this same group published a paper on the contribution to Io's total heat flow from dark lava flows. This poster appears to be a continuation of that work, not focused on dark paterae. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- DSMC Modeling of the Plume Pele on Io by W. J. McDoniel et al. Last year, this group presented results from modeling non-circular plume vents on Io, and their application to Prometheus. This year's poster extends this modeling to the specific case of the Pele plume, with very encouraging results. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- The Geothermal Gradient of Io: Consequences for Lithosphere Structure and Volcanic Eruptive activity by G. Leone et al. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- Science Rationale for an Io Volcano Observer (IVO) Mission by A. S. McEwen et al. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- Io's UV-V Eclipse Emission: Implications for Pele-type plumes by C.H. Moore et al. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- Modeling the Sublimation-Driven Atmosphere of Io with DSMC by A. C. Walker et al. This talk will cover the model that was examined and compared to real data in Gratiy et al. and discussed here last week. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- Distribution and Comparison of Io's Paterae: Areas, Effective Diameters, and Active Volcanism by B. Barth et al. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- Paterae on Io: Insights from Slope Stability Analysis by L. Keszthelyi et al. I guess you can scratch "Ioquakes" off a list of natural hazards for future Ionian colonists. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
- The Thermal Signature of Volcanic Eruptions on Io and Earth - Implications for a Future Mission to Io by A. Davies et al. A blog post about this abstract has been posted.
Oh one other abstract I will be talking about here that isn't Io-related, but still cool and is Jupiter-related: A New Ring or Ring Arc of Jupiter? by A. F. Cheng. Apparently, Phoebe isn't the only outer irregular moon with an associated dust ring. Seriously, at this point, can we just say that small moons in the outer solar system, unless strongly gravitational effected by a much larger moon (so scratch Telesto or Helene at Saturn, yeah I know, I will come to eat those words come March 4), have dust rings associated with them. Weaklings, can't even hold up to micrometeorite impacts...
Link: 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2010) [www.lpi.usra.edu]