Astrogeology Science Center

Consortium hosted meetings will be listed below. If you would like to attend any of these meetings, please be sure to register. Should your plans change after you register, you may simply reregister with your changes detailed appropriately.


5th International Planetary Dunes Workshop: St. George, UT, USA

The most recent workshop was held at Dixie State University in St. George, UT, USA. This has been added to our Workshop page. Check back regularly for abstracts, paper, and special issues from this meeting, which will be available in the coming months.

The group photo from the 2nd International Planetary Dunes Workshop in Alamosa, CO in 2010.
The group photo from the 2nd International Planetary Dunes Workshop in Alamosa, CO in 2010.
Attendees of the 4th International Planetary Dunes Workshop exploring the Bruneau Dunes State Park.
Attendees of the 4th International Planetary Dunes Workshop exploring the Bruneau Dunes State Park.

About the Consortium

This consortium and website were put together to facilitate exchange of information that pertains to Martian dune studies. Currently the consortium is made up of members from the USGS Astrogeology Team, Arizona State University, NASA Ames Research Center, and Planetary Science Institute. Group members are listed below.

Serina Diniega: serina.diniega@jpl.nasa.gov

Mary Bourke: mbourke@psi.edu

Dr. Bourke is a Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford. She is interested in dune geomorphology on Mars and on Earth. Read more about Dr. Bourke's research here.

Lori Fenton: lfenton@carlsagancenter.org

Dr. Fenton is a Principal Investigator at the Carl Sagan Center in Moffett Field, CA, and works at NASA Ames Research Center. She studies recent climate change on Mars and how it is reflected by aeolian processes. For more information about Dr. Fenton's work click here.

Timothy Titus: ttitus@usgs.gov

Dr. Titus is a Space Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ. His research interests include Mars polar processes, thermal inertia studies, and Mars dunes. Click here for more information on Tim's research interests.

Rose Hayward: rhayward@usgs.gov

Rose Hayward is the lead for the Mars Global Digital Dune Database.

Heather Charles: hcharles@usgs.gov

Heather is the web developer for this site.


Past Workshops

For more information and a complete list of publications from the previous four International Planetary Dunes Workshops, visit the Workshops page on this website as well as following the links below.

Fourth International Planetary Dunes Workshop (2015)
The 4th International Planetary Dunes Workshop, held in Boise, ID, USA, had 60 registered attendees representing 8 countries and 4 continents. These scientists presented the newest research on aeolian bedforms on Mars, Earth, Titan, and Venus, as well as the possibility of aeolian processes on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The special issue for this workshop in Aeolian Research is now available online.

Third International Planetary Dunes Workshop (2012)
The 3rd IPDW presented new research on aeolian bedforms on Mars, Earth, Venus, Titan, Triton, and Pluto, significant advancements in data analysis and the use of field instruments such as the time-lapse camera, and discussion of the future of the Planetary Aeolian Laboratory. This year, papers written as a result of this workshop are now available online.
Click here to view the special edition of Icarus containing these papers.

Second International Planetary Dunes Workshop (2010)
Click here to view the special issue for the 2nd International Planetary Dunes Workshop in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

First International Planetary Dunes Workshop (2008)
To view the research resulting from this workshop, view the special issue of Geomorphology online here.