This session seeks to open cross-divisional conversations between scientists studying our ocean on Earth and oceans on other parts of the Solar System, and to identify areas of collaboration and mutual interest.
Chairs: Laura Lorenzoni (NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate), Ashley Kleinman (NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate), Chris German (Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.), Alison Murray (Univ. Nevada, Reno), Paula Bontempi (Univ. Rhode Island), Adam Martiny (Univ. California, Irvine)
Date: June 18, 2021
The session seeks to explore science and collaboration across five main areas:
Ocean Worlds of the Solar System shown to scale. Jupiter’s moons Europa, Callisto and Ganymede have all been confirmed to host large-volume salt-water oceans as have Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan: all beneath thick ice-shells. Further out in the solar system, other candidate ocean worlds await further investigation, including Neptune’s moon Triton. Image credit: K.P. Hand, NASA-JPL.
3. Analogs – How are we using our Earth as analog for ocean worlds, based on our understanding of Earth’s ocean system processes? How is this advancing our own understanding of Earth?
Speakers: Jackie Grebmeier (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), Don Blankenship (University of Texas Institute for Geophysics)
4. Technology – What are we currently using to look at ocean worlds? What have we done on Earth that could translate to other moons? This topic includes space-based and other types of technology.
Speakers: Anna Michel (Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.)
Heidi Dierssen (Univ. Connecticut)
Ved Chirayath (NASA Ames Research Center),