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Mars Dust Cycle Special Issue (2010-2011)

On September 15-17, 2009, NASA/Ames Research Center hosted a 3 day workshop focused on the Martian Dust Cycle. Nearly 100 people from around the world attended the 3-day workshop whose overall objective and primary theme was to understand the processes responsible for the lifting, transport, and removal of dust in the Martian atmosphere in the present climate system.

This special issue of the Mars Journal contains papers presented at this workshop and is edited by Guest Associate Editor Robert Haberle. The issue itself is open-ended in that papers will be added as they complete the review process. Three papers have completed the process, a fourth is under revision, and we anticipate the submission of several more papers before the end of the year. This flexible approach to publishing special issues is made possible by the Mars Journal's online nature and it avoids the problem of delays in publication that result when print special issues are held up until all papers have completed the review process.

Characterizing the sensitivity of daytime turbulent activity on Mars with the MRAMS LES: Early results
Lori K. Fenton and Timothy I. Michaels
Mars 5, 159-171, 2010
December 10, 2010
Martian mesoscale and microscale wind variability of relevance for dust lifting
Aymeric Spiga and Stephen R. Lewis
Mars 5, 146-158, 2010
December 10, 2010
Pancam and Microscopic Imager observations of dust on the Spirit Rover: Cleaning events, spectral properties, and aggregates
Alicia F. Vaughan, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Kenneth E. Herkenhoff, Robert Sullivan, Geoffrey A. Landis, Walter Goetz and Morten B. Madsen
Mars 5, 129-145, 2010
December 10, 2010