As a component of the “Optimizing Planetary In Situ Surface-Atmosphere Interaction Investigations workshop” hosted at Boise State 2022 Jun 28-Jul 1, a field trip out to Bruneau Sand Dunes to conduct experiments and hold conversations about making in-situ measurements on another world to characterize surface-atmosphere interactions.
Field Trip Timeline
All times below are Mountain Daylight Savings (GMT-6).
- Tue, Jun 28
- 4:50pm – Presentation on the science of Bruneau Dune Field from Zimbelman
- 5:10pm – Presentation on field trip logistics
- Wed, Jun 29
- 8:30am – Gather at Conference venue (Yanke Building) to pile into cars and pick up boxed lunches
- 9am – Depart for Bruneau Dunes (specifically, the Dunes Lake Picnic Area – see Google map above)
- 10:30am – Arrive at the field site
- 11:00am – Presentation by Swann’s group
- 12:00pm – Lunch
- 1:00pm – Presentation on SANTRI2 saltation sensor by Gillies
- 1:30pm – Presentation on Electro-Magnetic Activities by Sayed
- 2:00pm – Group discussion and hands-on experimentation
- 4:00pm – Departure for Boise
- 5:30pm – Arrival back in Boise
Field Site Map
Safety and Logistical Considerations
- The entrance fee to all of Idaho’s State Parks is $7 per car. Please stop at the entrance to pay.
- Temperatures on the dune field can exceed 100 deg F in the summer, so plan accordingly: bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, closed-toe shoes (don’t overestimate the heat tolerance of the soles of your feet), etc.
- There are snakes and scorpions in the park. Use caution.
- The picnic area near our field site has pit toilets and a covered area where we can have lunch.