Announcement: May 26, 2020
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Meeting Location and Dates
We are happy to announce the fifth Ocean Worlds meeting scheduled for September 8–9, 2020 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 266 Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Purpose and Scope
Many of the icy moons and dwarf planets in the outer solar system had the conditions to create and sustain subterranean liquid-water oceans for some part of their histories. These worlds may also have liquid water trapped within their icy lithospheres. In the larger bodies, fluids are also suspected to exist within and between lithospheric layers of high-pressure ice.
Both remote and in situ exploration of these worlds are under development. To support and complement these plans, the geophysics, chemistry, and ultimately habitability of ocean worlds can be investigated here on Earth. Analogue studies, field work, laboratory studies, and numerical models can augment our understanding of Earth’s systems, processes, and materials, which provide the foundation of ocean world behavior.
In this, the fifth meeting in the Ocean Worlds series, we focus on studies that utilize knowledge of/or access to our Earth to better understand non-terrestrial ocean worlds and/or advance our ability to explore these worlds with spacecraft. In addition to field-based analog studies, we welcome studies based on theoretical or laboratory-based experimental approaches to further understanding of ocean worlds. We also encourage participation from scientists who would like to identify or expand upon interdisciplinary pathways for their current projects. As with past Ocean Worlds meetings, a primary motivation is to engender cross-fertilization of ideas and expertise by soliciting contributions from the ocean sciences, astrobiology, planetary sciences, and technology development communities.