Dunes 2016


May 16-19, 2017
Fifth International Planetary Dunes Workshop, Dixie State University, St. George, Utah

Fifth International Dunes Workshop

Program And Presenter Information

For details, view the program and abstracts. Authors will not receive notification letters, so they should check the author index to see where their presentation has been scheduled.

Download the complete program

The workshop program consists of topical discussions, poster session/social, field trip, and wrap-up.

Tuesday, May 16 Oral Sessions
Evening Poster Session/Social
Wednesday, May 17 Field Trip:  Zion National Park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Thursday, May 18 Oral Sessions
Friday, May 19 Oral Sessions
Workshop will conclude at noon

Oral sessions are organized to facilitate discussions focused on addressing these cross-cutting science questions:

  1. Under what conditions are terrestrial subaqueous dunes a suitable analog for planetary dunes?
  2. Can sediment composition be used to better understand sediment source, transport, sorting, and in situ weather processes?
  3. Can bedform scale be used to characterize a planetary body’s surface-atmosphere interface (e.g. boundary layer, fluid/air properties)?
  4. Under what conditions will the principle of equifinality apply and how does this affect our interpretations?

One session is dedicated to subaqueous processes as possible analogs for Venus (and possibly Titan).

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday continental breakfast and breaks will be provided, but participants are on their own for lunch. Dixie State Dining Services offers a variety of dining options. Breakfast and lunch boxes will be provided for the Wednesday field trip.

Presenter Information

Contributed oral presentations are scheduled for 12 minutes per talk with an additional 8 minutes allotted for discussion (please keep your presentation to no more than 15 slides). Invited talks are for 20 minutes with 10 minutes of discussion (please keep your presentation to no more than 25 slides). Additional discussion periods are scheduled to end each half-session, before breaks and lunch.

A PC laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for oral presentations. In order to facilitate a smooth transition between speakers, all presentations need to be preloaded onto the session room laptop and or have their laptop tested in advance.

To aid the preloading process, create a folder on your flash drive/CD called "dunes2017" and place your PowerPoint presentation in that folder. Please include your last name in the naming of your presentation file. An IT technician will be available each morning from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. and each afternoon from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. to assist with loading your talk.

Hardware and Software Specifications for Oral Presentations -

The session room will be equipped with a laptop computer that has Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader. Please design your oral presentation to work with these programs. Additional use of Mac Keynote may be available, but this is not guaranteed.

Poster Presentations -

Poster Set-up: Tuesday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Poster Session Tuesday, May 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Poster Removal: Friday, May 19, 12:00 p.m.
Poster Size: 44" × 44" (112 cm × 112 cm) maximum
Materials Provided: Pushpins

Note: Any posters left after the workshop will be discarded.

E-Posters -

Poster presenters will be given the opportunity to upload an electronic file of their poster (e-poster). The interactive e-poster system provides additional exposure by giving fellow attendees, as well as others, the ability to view posters online.

The e-poster capability will open Monday, May 1 and close Friday, June 2, 2017. Poster presenters will receive instructions via e-mail for uploading their posters.

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the USRA Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).