UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

If you have not yet contemplated submitting an abstract for the upcoming First International Planetary Caves workshop to be held in Carlsbad, NM from Oct. 25-28 of this year, the time is now! August 9, next Tuesday, is the deadline and LPI is extremely unforgiving of late abstracts meaning we cannot accept any past the Aug. 9 deadline (5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (GMT-5).

The meeting is jointly sponsored by:

- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Astrogeology Science Center
- Universities Space Research Association (USRA)/ Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
- National Cave and Karst Research Institute
- NASA Mars Program Office

Topics to be considered include:

- Cave Definitions/Categories
- Definition, classification, and types — What is a cave?
- Cave formation mechanisms (extraterrestrial speleogenetic mechanisms)

- Astrobiology and Cave Biodiversity
- Microbiology of caves on Earth with astrobiological significance
- Cave biosignatures (fossils, biotextures, geochemical traces, isotopic signals, etc.)

- Cave Microclimates
- Micrometeorology of caves, processes observable in Earth caves, and modelable as applicable to extraterrestrial caves
- Paleoclimate signals in caves, the planetary potential for similar data

- Cave Detection
- Orbital methods
- Landed methods

- Cave Exploration (Robotic) Techniques and Mapping
- Remote methods
- Human utilization of extraterrestrial caves on Moon and Mars
- Cave Funding Sources

Complete details can be found here.


Penny Boston
Tim TItus
Kaj Williams