School on Planetary Geological Mapping and Fields Analogs


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IO6 : Digital Terrain Model Generation
This tutorial has been prepared by the University d’Annunzio in collaboration with the University of Padova and the whole consortium of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership GeoPlaNet. The context is the summer school on Planetary Geological Mapping and Field Analogues organized in the framework of the same partnership.
The aim is to describe the pipeline developed to generate Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from planetary data. We select Mars as the target because of the amount of available datasets and the variety of geological landforms present on the planet. As the exemplary tool material, we select Context Camera (CTX) images, because this is a dataset that was not originally conceived for the 3D analysis purpose, hence it allows us to understand how to face potential issues. As the test area, we selected the Eberswalde crater, centered at 23.9W-33.25S, and in particular the central part of the crater, where the famous delta feature (Malin and Edgett, 2002; Bhattacharya et al., 2005; Pondrelli et al., 2008; Mangold et al., 2012) propagates into the basin floor. Here, the variety of morphologies and geometries of the landforms represent an ideal test area both for technical issues and scientific purposes. The overall procedure includes data selection, pre-processing, and finally DEM generation.
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IO9:Field Trip Guide
The aim of this IO was to realize a planetary-oriented field guide of the excursion that was carried on at the end of the mapping school. A planetary-oriented field-guide is meant to help the students to better understand the similarities-disparities between terrestrial and planetary settings and the potential/pitfalls of such comparison. This is a very important cultural topic in the planetary sciences.
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Transnational Partners Meeting in Nantes : Partners presentations

During the TPM at Nantes Université, on June 16-17th, partners were asked to present their institution and their achievements in the Strategic Partnership project. You can download below their presentation.
> Presentation from University of Coimbra
> Presentation from University of Porto
> Presentation of VR2Planets
> Presentation of the IRSPS from University of Chieti-Pescara
> Presentation from University of Padova
> Presentation from University of Nantes

Europe and Space Exploration

Sabrina Carpy from the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géosciences (LPG) of Nantes Université gave a presentation on May 2d to high-school students from the lycée Aimé Césaire of Clisson (Loire Atlantique, France) about Europe and Space Exploration.

The Lycée Aimé Césaire was selected in the framework of the call of the PFUE (Présidence Française du conseil de l'Union Européenne 2022) "Célébrons l'Europe !". The actions implemented deal with the history of EU, its institutions, values, challenges, cultural wealth, linguistic diversity as well as social and economic opportunities it offers to its citizens, in particular its future citizens. In this context, Sabrina Carpy presented the history of space exploration, the role of France and Europe in the international space exploration programmes, the EU policies on space, the main players in the space exploration sector and the training offers in Europe on planetary sciences.
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Survey on Teaching and Assessment Methodologies in Planetary Geosciences and Astrophysics

Colleagues from the University of Porto have been setting up and conducting a survey on teaching and assessment methodologies in Planetary Geosciences and Astrophysics.
In a sanitary context that requires reflection on teaching practices and the development of the development of new teaching methods taking into account distance learning, the project aims at getting an overview of the practices at partners's institutions and exchange of good practices.

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Study on the employability in Planetary Geosciences (2020-2030)

Credits: ESA/JAXA/Damia Bouic/VR2Planets

This study has been conducted by the LPG of the Nantes Université, with the support of all 5 partners.

This review aims at identifying:
→ the upcoming scientific challenges associated to planned space missions for the coming 10 years
→ the needed scientific expertise and skills of the future workers in Planetary Geosciences
→ the job opportunities and careers of the students trained in Planetary Geosciences

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