Great Lakes Seminar Series – September 24, 2014

Please join us for the next CILER-GLERL Great Lakes seminar!
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Ralph Lorenz, Applied Physics Lab, John Hopkins University
Title: Sailing the Seas of Titan, Saturn’s Earth-like Moon

Time/Location:  3:30-4:30 pm ET on Wednesday 24-September, in the Hussey Room, Michigan League, University of Michigan

Webinar: The seminar will also be available via webinar, by pre-registering at:


This event is free and open to the public

Abstract: Oceanography is no longer just an Earth Science. The ongoing NASA/ESA Cassini mission – still making exciting discoveries 10 years after its arrival in the rich Saturnian system – has found that three seas of liquid hydrocarbons adorn Saturn’s giant, frigid moon Titan. Titan was already exotic, having a thick, organic-rich atmosphere, and a diverse landscape with mountains, craters, river channels and vast fields of sand dunes, but these seas, and hundreds of lakes, present a new environment (low gravity, dense atmosphere, hydrocarbon liquid) in which to explore familiar and important physical processes such as air:sea heat and moisture exchange, wind-driven currents and waves, etc. Moreover, Titan’s seas (notably the two largest ones, Kraken Mare and Ligiea Mare, about 1000km and 400km across, respectively) offer an appealing and accessible target for future Titan exploration.