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Vulcano Summer School 2022: An exciting field-based learning experience

Unnithan, V. and Sohl, F. and Thomsen, L. and Vulcano2022, Team (2023) Vulcano Summer School 2022: An exciting field-based learning experience. 9th Physics of Volcanoes, 2023-03-02 -- 2023-03-03, Hannover, Germany.

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The 6th two-week summer school at Vulcano, Sicily in June 2022 brought together, once again, scientists, researchers, students, and technicians, to another field campaign dealing with topics ranging from geology to robotic environmental exploration, astrobiology, and the study of planetary analogues. A number of successful (planned and unplanned) experiments and sampling campaigns were carried out on the island and in the coastal waters around Vulcano. Vulcano is the third largest and southernmost island of the Aeolian archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The central Fossa crater on Vulcano has similar surface morphology to lunar and martian regions with extremely dry, arid conditions, little or no vegetation cover, angular grains over a range of grain sizes. The diverse and extreme (hostile) environments at Vulcano provide an essential training ground for testing instruments and techniques foreseen for future robotic exploration missions to Mars and other bodies with a particular focus on astrobiology. This year, as in the past campaigns, a variety of spectral instruments ranging from visible and near-infrared (VNIR) reflectance to Raman spectroscopy were deployed at various sites for mineralogical, biological, and elemental analysis. The in-situ survey, and its comparison with laboratory standards and instruments, provide an assessment of the usability of these techniques to characterize extra-terrestrial environments and guide our search for life in the Solar System (e.g. via assessing the detectability of biosignatures). Drone photogrammetry surveys provide the regional context, map areas of interest such as potential hazards, while an Integrated Positioning System (IPS) in combination with infrared thermal imagery was deployed for future mapping and thermal stability analysis of different sites on Vulcano. Furthermore, geophysics techniques such TEM and IP electric measurements of fumaroles and their 3D structure were investigated. Last but not least, robotic missions for terrain analysis, locomotion and mapping were undertaken on various lunar and martian analog terrains.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/194279/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Vulcano Summer School 2022: An exciting field-based learning experience
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Unnithan, V.Jacobs University Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sohl, F.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0355-1556UNSPECIFIED
Thomsen, L.Ocean Lab, Jacobs University Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2 March 2023
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Vulcano, Eolian Islands, volcanism, summerschool, marine science, geophysics, planetary science
Event Title:9th Physics of Volcanoes
Event Location:Hannover, Germany
Event Type:Workshop
Event Dates:2023-03-02 -- 2023-03-03
Organizer:Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)
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 - Exploration of the Solar System
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Deposited By: Sohl, Dr. Frank
Deposited On:25 Apr 2023 11:46
Last Modified:25 Apr 2023 11:46

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