Special Issue "Interiors of Icy Ocean Worlds"
A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (7 June 2019)
We are soliciting contributions for a Special Issue devoted to "Interiors of Icy Ocean Worlds". In recent decades, robotic missions have returned evidence of liquid water oceans on Jupiter's icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, and in Saturn's moons Enceladus, Titan, and possibly Mimas and Dione. The icy moons of Uranus and Neptune—especially Triton—may also have oceans. Extinct or remnant oceans seem likely on the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. Oceanic worlds provide the best analogues in our solar system to a class of likely water-rich "super Earth" exoplanets. Geophysical measurements by future robotic missions can reveal the compositional and rheological structures and the thermal states of icy ocean worlds. The interior density, temperature, sound speed, and electrical conductivity thus characterize their habitability. In recent years, improvements in computational capabilities have enabled new insights into the interiors of icy ocean worlds, including the geodynamics of their icy lithospheres, coupled thermal and orbital evolution, and the flow of fluids in their oceans. Future spacecraft measurements require the further development of computational techniques for forward models and the inversion of data sets. Laboratory studies of material properties, chemistry, and spectral characteristics are needed in the large domain of pressure, temperature, and composition. This Special Issue solicits theoretical, numerical, and laboratory studies advancing our ability to acquire and interpret vital information about the interiors of icy ocean worlds.
Dr. Steven D. Vance
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- ocean worlds
- laboratory studies