New insights into Volcanism across the Solar System
An international conference dedicated to presenting, discussing, and taking stock of latest scientific results and looking into future missions
ESTEC conference Centre, Noordwijk (NL) 17-20 June 2014
Volcanism is a common surface-forming and modifying process and played a key role in shaping the early environment of many Solar System bodies. Volcanism provides important information about the nature, volatile content and state of planetary interiors. Recent results from spacecraft observations of the Moon and Mercury have provided new insights into the nature and variability of volcanism in the Solar System. The aim of the 2014 ESLAB symposium is to review the different mechanisms, sources and surface expressions of volcanism, both effusive and explosive. Special, but not exclusive, emphasis will be put on moons and Mercury, target bodies of future ESA missions (BepiColombo to Mercury and the Jupiter icy moon explorer mission, JUICE). Other themes of the symposium will focus on the understanding of the role and impact of volcanism in the early history of terrestrial planets (including planet Earth) and possible processes on Mars (studied by ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter). By bringing all this information together under this theme, we will be able to improve our current understanding of the formation and evolution of our Solar System.