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Methane on Mars Workshop 2009

Methane on Mars Workshop 2009

Programme, Presentations and Abstract book


Workshop on Methane on Mars:
Current Observations, Interpretation and Future Plans


25-27 November 2009
ESA/ESRIN in Frascati, Italy
 
Contact point: owitasserssd.esa.int

Direct link to this page:
http://sci.esa.int/marsmethane2009
 

 

Group photo of the attendees at the Methane on Mars workshop 2009

 

This page holds the workshop programme. The presentations given at the workshop are now available in PDF format. They can be downloaded by clicking on the corresponding "PDF" link in the programme table below, in the right-most column.

The workshop abstract book can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right (PDF file, 6.3 Mb).

For the complete workshop details, please see the workshop home page linked from the right-hand menu.

  
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Wednesday 25 November 2009

 

Registration & Welcome
   
09:00-10:00 Registration, posters set up, coffee
09:45-10:00 Welcome and opening (ESA, ASI)
Session 1: Observations of methane from orbit
   
Moderator: O. Witasse
  The ESA/NASA ExoMars Programme
Coradini, M.
PDF
10:00-10:35 Methane observations with PFS-MEX: an introductory historical overview, multiline observations and limb measurements (solicited)
Formisano, V.
PDF
10:35-10:50 PFS-MEX: Mapping methane in Martian atmosphere
Geminale, A.
Note: Presentation not available. Please contact A. Geminale and/or V. Formisano.
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10:50-11:05 Spatial distribution and temporal evolution of methane in the Martian atmosphere
Fonti, S.
PDF
Session 2: Ground-based observations of methane
   
Moderator: O. Witasse
11:05-11:25 Absolute measurements of Methane on Mars (solicited)
Mumma, M.
PDF
11:25-11:45 Methane and water on Mars: Maps of active regions and their seasonal variability (solicited)
Villanueva, G.
PDF
11:45-12:15 Coffee break
12:15-12:35 Measurement of the isotopic signatures of water on Mars: implications for studying methane (solicited)
Novak, P.
PDF
12:35-12:40 Poster presentation (3 minutes):
High Spectral resolution heterodyne spectroscopy of methane at 7.8 µm
Sonnabend, G. (Poster 1)
PDF
Session 3: Martian surface and subsurface data, and laboratory measurements relevant to the study of methane
Moderator: C. Webster
12:40-12:55 Mapping ice deposits on Mars through subsurface radar sounding (solicited)
Orosei, R.
PDF
12:55-13:15 Morphology and Mineralogy of Methane Source Regions (solicited)
Wray, J.
PDF
13:15-13:30 The search for methane gas emission features in Nili Fossae, Syrtis Major, and Isidis Planitia, Mars
Komatsu, G.
PDF
13:40 Lunch
14:50-15:15 Surface conditions from thermodynamics of phyllosilicates and implications for the presence of methane on early Mars (solicited)
Chevrier, V.
PDF
15:15-15:35 Laboratory investigation of the role of heterogeneous processes in Martian methane variability (solicited)
Gough, R.
PDF
15:35-16:25 Discussion on the data sets available (from orbit, ground-based measurements, laboratory measurements, other data sets of interest)
16:25-16:55 Coffee break
Session 4: Origin of Martian methane
   
Moderator: S. Atreya
16:55-17:20 Methane and the Martian Habitability (solicited)
Atreya, S.
PDF
17:20-17:40 Production on Mars by photolysis of H2O in the presence of CO (solicited)
Bar-Nun, A.
PDF
17:40-18:00
Methanogenesis in Terrestrial Permafrost: a Model for Methane Sources on Mars? (solicited)
Wagner, D. · Cancelled talk ·
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18:00-18:20 Methane Sources and Sinks: The geobiology of the Arctic versus Mars (solicited)
Onstott, T.
PDF
18:20-18:25 Poster presentation (3 minutes):
Abiotic methanogenesis carbonate reduction by hydrogen-bearing fluids: a mechanism for Martian methane
Lazar, C. (Poster 2)
PDF
18:30-19:30 Welcome reception


Thursday 26 November 2009

 

Session 5: Storage, release, and delivery of methane
   
Moderator: V. Chevrier
09:00-09:15 Methane reservoirs on Mars: A story of migration, gas hydrates, traps, and a long production cycle
Ori, G.
PDF
09:15-09:35 Methane Emissions from Earth's Degassing: a Reference for Mars (solicited)
Etiope, G.
PDF
09:35-09:50 Methane hydrates: A source for slow methane release on Mars? (solicited)
Elwood-Madden, M.
PDF
09:55-10:15 Metastable Methane Clathrate Particles as a Source of Methane to the Martian Atmosphere (solicited)
Chassefière, E.
PDF
10:15-10:25 Poster presentations (3 minutes each):
The trapping of methane in Martian clathrates hydrates
Thomas, C. · Cancelled ·
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Variability of Atmospheric Methane Induced by Adsorption in the Regolith
Meslin, P.-Y. (Poster 4)
PDF
10:25-11:00 Discussion on origin, storage, release, and delivery of methane
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Session 6: Atmospheric circulation and chemistry
   
Moderator: F. Forget and F. Lefèvre
11:30-11:50 Challenges raised by the observed variations of methane on Mars (solicited)
Lefèvre, F.
PDF
11:50-12:05 A short-Lived Trace Gas in the Martian Atmosphere: A General Circulation Model of the Likelihood of Methane
Chizek, M. R.
PDF
12:05-12:20 Argon: The Mixing Standard for Methane in Mars Atmosphere
Sprague, A. L.
PDF
12:20-12:35 The spatial and temporal variation of oxidant component in the Martian atmosphere observed by MEX/PFS
Aoki, S.
PDF
12:35-12:50 Unusual CO behaviour in Martian atmosphere: a relation to methane?
Formisano, V.
PDF
12:50-13:05 Photochemically induced formation of Mars-relevant oxygenates and methane from carbon dioxide and water
Wecks, M.
PDF
13:05-13:25 Poster presentations (3 minutes each):
The photochemistry and atmospheric lifetime of methane on Mars for evolving atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and the variability of the Mars planetary boundary layer (PBL) based on measurements from the Viking 1 and 2 landers, Mars Pathfinder and Phoenix
Levine, J. (Poster 5)
PDF
Mars atmospheric circulation and chemistry detected in the submm domain
Hartogh, P. · Cancelled ·
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Search for important minor gases in Martian atmosphere
Geminale, A. (Poster 7)
PDF
Search for hydrogen peroxide in the Martian atmosphere
Formisano, V. (Poster 8)
PDF
Search of SO2 in the Martian atmosphere by ground-based submillimeter observation
Nakagawa, H. (Poster 9)
PDF
The Formaldehyde Observation of 1969 and 1989: Analyses of the Observations and Proposals for Interpretation
Muller, C. (Poster 10)
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13:25-13:50 Discussion on the atmosphere circulation and chemistry
13:50 Lunch
Session 7: Microbial life, metabolism in water ice, and biological experiments under Martian conditions
Moderator: B. Price
14:55-15:15 Microbial Life in Ice: Habitats, Metabolism, and Survival on Mars (solicited)
Price, B.
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15:15-15:30 Methanogenesis on Earth Today: Where, Who and How
Prieur, D.
PDF
15:30-15:45 The possibility of methane oxidation coupled to microbial perchlorate respiration
Coates, J. D.
PDF
15:45-16:00 A sub-zero high Arctic methane seep: implications for Mars methane
Whyte, L.
PDF
16:00-17:30 Coffee break and poster session

List of posters:
1. High Spectral resolution heterodyne spectroscopy of methane at 7.8 µm
Sonnabend, G.
PDF
2. Abiotic methanogenesis carbonate reduction by hydrogen-bearing fluids: a mechanism for Martian methane
Lazar, C.
PDF
3.
The trapping of methane in Martian clathrates hydrates
Thomas, C. · Cancelled ·
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4. Variability of Atmospheric Methane Induced by Adsorption in the Regolith
Meslin, P.-Y.
PDF
5. The photochemistry and atmospheric lifetime of methane on Mars for evolving atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and the variability of the Mars planetary boundary layer (PBL) based on measurements from the Viking 1 and 2 landers, Mars Pathfinder and Phoenix
Levine, J.
PDF
6.
Mars atmospheric circulation and chemistry detected in the submm domain
Hartogh, P. · Cancelled ·
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7. Search for important minor gases in Martian atmosphere
Geminale, A.
PDF
8. Search for hydrogen peroxide in the Martian atmosphere
Formisano, V.
PDF
9. Search of SO2 in the Martian atmosphere by ground-based submillimeter observation
Nakagawa, H.
PDF
10. The Formaldehyde Observation of 1969 and 1989: Analyses of the Observations and Proposals for Interpretation
Muller, C.
PDF
11. Growth and Biomediated Mineral Alterations by Methanogens under Geochemical Conditions Similar to the Martian Subsurface
Chastain, B. K.
PDF
12. Determination of the surface concentrations of methane on Mars with MOMA
Steininger, H.
PDF
13. Using Laser Heterodyne Radiometry to Search for Methane on Mars
Passmore, R.L.
PDF
14. Robotic rigid vacuum airship for exploration of Mars
Pahari, S.
PDF
15. Detecting and characterizing Martian dust using spectropolarimeter SPEX
Stam, D.
PDF
16. Possible Influences of Aerosol Loading on the Measured Columns of Martian Atmospheric Constituents Including Methane
Muller, C.
PDF

 

Dinner


Friday 27 November 2009

 

Session 7 (cont.): Microbial life, metabolism in water ice, and biological experiments under Martian conditions
Moderator: B. Price
09:00-09:20 Methanogens: A Model for Life on Mars (solicited)
Kral, T.
PDF
09:20-09:35 Methanogenic Activity in Rio Tinto, a Terrestrial Analogue of Mars
Amils, R.
PDF
09:35-09:50 Bacterial survival in Martian conditions
Galletta, G.
PDF
09:50-10:05 Zero-Valent Iron on Mars: an Alternate Energy Source for Methanogens
Chastain, B. K.
PDF
10:05-10:15 Poster presentation (3 minutes):
Growth and Biomediated Mineral Alterations by Methanogens under Geochemical Conditions Similar to the Martian Subsurface
Chastain, B. K. (Poster 11)
PDF
10:15-11:00 Discussion on microbial life
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Session 8: Future measurements of methane, related trace gases, and isotopes
Moderators: A. Chicarro and R. Zurek
11:30-11:50 Future in situ methane and related trace gas and isotope measurements with the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite of the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) (solicited)
Mahaffy, P.
PDF
11:50-12:10 Measuring Methane and its Isotopic Ratios 13C/12C and D/H With the Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) on the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission (solicited)
Webster, C.
PDF
12:10-12:25 Studying methane and other trace species in the Mars atmosphere using a SOIR instrument
Drummond, R.
PDF
12:25-12:45 A New Mission Concept: The Search for Atmospheric Trace Gases in the Mars Atmospheric (solicited)
Zurek, R.
PDF
12:45-13:05 Posters presentations (3 minutes each):
Determination of the surface concentrations of methane on Mars with MOMA
Steininger, H. (Poster 12)
PDF
Using Laser Heterodyne Radiometry to Search for Methane on Mars
Passmore, R.L. (Poster 13)
PDF
Robotic rigid vacuum airship for exploration of Mars
Pahari, S. (Poster 14)
PDF
Detecting and characterizing Martian dust using spectropolarimeter SPEX
Stam, D. (Poster 15)
PDF
Possible Influences of Aerosol Loading on the Measured Columns of Martian Atmospheric Constituents Including Methane
Muller, C. (Poster 16)
PDF
13:05-13:40 Discussion on future measurements
13:40 Lunch
14:50-16:00 General discussion, conclusions, closure of the symposium
S. Atreya, F. Forget and O. Witasse

 

Participants

Name Organisation Country
Amils, Ricardo Centro de Astrobiologia Spain
Atreya, Sushil Univ. Michigan United States
Bar-Nun, Akiva Tel Aviv University Israel
Becker, Luann Johns Hopkins University United States
Bellucci, Giancarlo INAF-IFSI Italy
Bertaux, Jean-Loup LATMOS/CNRS France
Bibring, Jean-Pierre IAS France
Biondi, David INAF Italy
Blanco, Armando University of Salento Italy
Bowles, Neil University of Oxford United Kingdom
Chassefière, Eric LATMOS France
Chastain, Brendon University of Arkansas United States
Chicarro, Agustin ESA-ESTEC Netherlands
Chizek, Malynda New Mexico State University United States
Coates, John D. University of California, Berkeley United States
Coll, Patrice LISA - University Paris 7 - Denis Diderot France
Coradini, Marcello ESA-Paris France
Daerden, Frank BIRA-IASB Belgium
De Angelis, Giovanni DLR - German Aerospace Center Germany
Del Vecchio Blanco, Carlo Italian Space Agency Italy
Drummond, Rachel BIRA Belgium
Elwood Madden, Megan University of Oklahoma United States
Etiope, Giuseppe Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Italy
Fedorova, Anna Space Research Institute (IKI RAS) Russian Federation
Flamini, Enrico ASI Italy
Fonti, Sergio Università del Salento Italy
Forget, Francois LMD/CNRS France
Formisano, Vittorio IFSI-INAF Italy
Geminale, Anna IFSI-INAF Italy
Giuranna, Marco INAF Italy
Galletta, Giuseppe Università di Padova Italy
Gough, Raina University of Colorado United States
Gondet, Brigitte IAS France
Graziani, Adele ASI Italy
Guruprasad, M.R. Indian Institute of Science India
Isakeit, Dieter ESA-ESRIN Italy
Kaeufl, Hans Ulrich European Southern Observatory Germany
Keheyan, Yeghis CNR Italy
Khakurel, Krishna Prasad Trichandra College Nepal
Khan, Michael VCS Aktiengesellschaft, ESOC Germany
Komatsu, Goro IRSPS Italy
Korablev, Oleg Space Research Institute (IKI RAS) Russian Federation
Kral, Timothy University of Arkansas United States
Lazar, Codi University of California - Los Angeles United States
Lebeuf, Martin Canadian Space Agency Canada
Lefèvre, Franck CNRS France
Levine, Joel NASA Langley Research Center United States
Lundin, R. IRF Sweden
Maattanen, Anni LATMOS, CNRS/UVSQ France
Martino, Luca Serco Italy
Matsui, Takafumi Planetary Exploration Research Center Japan
Mattana, Andrea INAF Italy
McCaughrean, Mark ESA-ESTEC Netherlands
Meslin, Pierre Yves Paris University France
Montmessin, Franck LATMOS/CNRS France
Moreau, Didier Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy Belgium
Muller, Christian BIRA-IASB-BUSOC Belgium
Mumma, Michael NASA/GSFC United States
Nakagawa, Hiromu Tohoku University Japan
Neary, Lori Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy Belgium
Noblet, Audrey LISA Université Paris France
Novak, Robert Iona College United States
Onstott, Tullis Princeton University United States
Ori, Gian Gabriele IRSPS Italy
Orosei, Roberto Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica Italy
Palomba, Ernesto INAF IFSI Italy
Passmore, Richard University of Oxford United Kingdom
Pirrotta, Simone Italian Space Agency Italy
Poulet, Francois I.A.S. France
Price, Buford University of California United States
Prieur, Daniel University of Brest France
Ransom, Martin Go Ariane France
Ridder, Nina Nadine ESA Netherlands
Salati, Mario ASI Italy
Sanderson, Katharine Nature United Kingdom
Sattler, Birgit University of Innsbruck Austria
Sindoni, Giuseppe IFSI-INAF Italy
Smit, Martijn SRON Space Research Netherlands
Sonnabend, Guido University of Cologne Germany
Stam, Daphne SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research Netherlands
Steininger, Harald Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research Germany
Stupar, Dusan University of Cologne Germany
Vago, Jorge L. European Space Agency Netherlands
Vandaele, Ann C. Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy Belgium
Villanueva, Geronimo NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center United States
Vincent, Chevrier University of Arkansas United States
Webster, Chris Jet Propulsion Laboratory United States
Wecks, Mike Institut für Nichtklassische Chemie Germany
Whyte, Lyle McGill University Canada
Witasse, Olivier ESA-ESTEC Netherlands
Wolkenberg, Paulina IFSI-INAF Italy
Wray, James Cornell University United States
Zegers, Tanja Aurora, ESA Netherlands
Zurek, Richard Jet Propulsion Laboratory United States


More than 90 participants attended the workshop on "Methane on Mars: Current Observations, Interpretation and Future Plans," which was held in Italy on 25-27 November 2009.

The figure on the right indicates the origin of the participants, from Europe, North America and Asia. 

 

 

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Group photo of the attendees at the Methane on Mars workshop 2009


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