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Our evolving understanding of aeolian bedforms, based on observation of dunes on different worlds

Diniega, S. and Kreslavsky, M.A. and Radebaugh, J. and Silvestro, S. and Telfer, M. and Tirsch, Daniela (2017) Our evolving understanding of aeolian bedforms, based on observation of dunes on different worlds. Aeolian Research, 26, pp. 5-27. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.aeolia.2016.10.001. ISSN 1875-9637.

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Dunes, dune fields, and ripples are unique and useful records of the interaction between wind and granular materials – finding such features on a planetary surface immediately suggests certain information about climate and surface conditions (at least during the dunes’ formation and evolution). Additionally, studies of dune characteristics under non-Earth conditions allow for “tests” of aeolian process models based primarily on observations of terrestrial features and dynamics, and refinement of the models to include consideration of a wider range of environmental and planetary conditions. To-date, the planetary aeolian community has found and studied dune fields on Mars, Venus, and the Saturnian moon Titan. Additionally, we have observed candidate “aeolian bedforms” on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Jovian moon Io, and – most recently – Pluto. In this paper, we hypothesize that the progression of investigations of aeolian bedforms and processes on a particular planetary body follows a consistent sequence – primarily set by the acquisition of data of particular types and resolutions, and by the maturation of knowledge about that planetary body. We define that sequence of generated knowledge and new questions (within seven investigation phases) and discuss examples from all of the studied bodies. The aim of such a sequence is to better define our past and current state of understanding about the aeolian bedforms of a particular body, to highlight the related assumptions that require re-analysis with data acquired during later investigations, and to use lessons learned from planetary and terrestrial aeolian studies to predict what types of investigations could be most fruitful in the future.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/107085/
Document Type:Article
Title:Our evolving understanding of aeolian bedforms, based on observation of dunes on different worlds
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Diniega, S.JPL, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kreslavsky, M.A.University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Radebaugh, J.Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Silvestro, S.INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte,Napoli, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Telfer, M.SOGEES, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tirsch, DanielaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5905-5426UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Aeolian Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 5-27
Keywords:Planetary; Terrestrial; Aeolian bedforms; Aeolian science; Dunes; Ripples
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt ROSETTA Lander (old), R - Projekt MARS-EXPRESS / HRSC (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Tirsch, Daniela
Deposited On:30 Nov 2016 08:11
Last Modified:28 Mar 2023 23:46

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