PURPOSE & SCOPE

The geological evidence for recent climate change on Mars continues to accumulate. Polar layered terrains, midlatitude glacial features, remnant tropical mountain glaciers, youthful ground ice, buried CO2 ice, and the changing morphology of the south polar residual cap, all point to an oscillating climate system that varies on time scales ranging from hundreds to thousands to millions of years. But the nature, sequence, and driving forces of these changes are uncertain.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together the geological and climate communities to assess the evidence for, and mechanisms behind, climate change on Mars during the past 20 My or so. The goal is to constrain the magnitude, timing, and duration of these changes and relate those findings to possible forcing mechanisms. Thus, we seek observers to provide the evidence and offer interpretations, and modelers to show how the climate system could change and the mechanisms involved.

2012 KEY DATES

  • Indication of Interest January 27
  • Initial Abstract Submission Deadline March 16
  • Foreign National Registration Deadline March 16
  • US Citizen Registration Deadline April 13
  • Final Announcement & Program Posted on Website April 27
  • Workshop Convenes at ARC May 15
  • Extended Abstract Submission Deadline June 1