EPSC 2021 — abstract deadline Mai 26th, 2021

Dear Planetary mappers,

In the last years, the Europlanet Science Conferences have regularly hosted a successful session dedicated to planetary maps. In an epoch in which geological mapping demand for planetary exploration is constantly increasing, sessions dedicated to planetary maps are precious occasions to exchange standards, tools, work flows and mapping experiences. For this reason we hope you are willing to submit your contribution to the session entitled “ Geomapping other worlds” to be held at the on lineEuroplanet Science Conference-EPSC2021 from the 13th to the 24th September 2021.

The submission deadline is set for 26th May 2021 at 13:00 CEST.

We are looking forward to virtually meet you in September,

Valentina Galluzzi, Matteo Massironi, Andrea Nass, Monica Pondrelli, Claudia Pöhler, David Williams


Conveners: Valentina Galluzzi, Matteo Massironi, Andrea Nass, Monica Pondrelli, Claudia Pöhler, David Williams

Abstract submission

Geological maps on Earth are planar representations of a territory showing the composition and the ages of rocks and deposits at its surface, and from which it is inferable its geological evolution as well as the related subsurface structure and lithology. On planetary bodies geological maps can not yet be so complete in terms of compositional information as geological maps on Earth and are still a compromise between geomorphological and a geo-stratigraphic mapping, but remain essential in planetary exploration programs, being crucial for science investigation, targeting observation strategies, safe landing and rovering, exploration of in situ resources, astronaut’s safety, planning of stable settlements, identification of sites of astrobiological interest.
The large and heterogeneous data-sets recently collected by planetary missions can now enable the embedding of traditional morphostratigraphic mapping with spectral units, three-dimensional geologic modelling as well as the use of virtual environment for detailed field analysis. Besides the geological mapping on remotely sensed data is the detailed mapping of analogue field sites which can be essential for a better geological interpretation of planetary data at different scales. 
To be prepared for the exponential increase of planetary missions in the years to come is needed an International collaborative efforts for geologic mapping and 3D geological reconstructions that can be tied to the USGS heritage and the new Europlanet infrastructure.

The session welcomes inputs on scientific mapping use cases on planetary surfaces and earth analogues, mapping-focused data fusion and integration, as well as tools and workflows for planetary geologic mapping, 3D geo-modelling and VR activities.”

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