PSA User Group

ESA has established a Planetary Science Archive User Group (PSA-UG), with the task of offering independent advice to ESA's Planetary Science Archive. The PSA-UG is an independent body that will continuously evaluate the services and tools provided by the PSA to you, the user community. They will be providing recommendations and requirements on how we can / should improve our services, and it is therefore vital that they hear your voice.

Whether or not you are a regular PSA user, you can still help us improve it by sending us your ideas. The PSA-UG is your link to the PSA, your representative, so please get in touch with your suggestions for improvements via each Discipline Scientist or with the general purpose contact form.

Scope and Objectives

The PSA User Group is an official body that will report through the official ESA channels on the PSA. The group have been tasked with the following top level objectives:

  • Advise ESA on future development of the PSA
  • Act as a focus for the interests of the scientific community
  • Act as an advocate for the PSA
  • Monitor the PSA activities

The PSA-UG will address the community through workshops, conferences. Written recommendations will be made to the PSA coordinator, and an annual report on PSA and the PSA-UG activities will be issued. The complete terms of reference for the User Group can be found here.

Members

The PSA User Group members have been split into the main scientific disciplines that are represented by data within the PSA. Each member will try to address the needs and desires of the sub-community that they are representing.

You are invited to contact the PSA User Group for specific questions or comments you may have.

The current PSA User Group members are:

Beatriz Sanchez-Cano (Chair)
University of Leicester
Ionospheres/planetary weather
Gianrico Filacchione
Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (INAF-IAPS)
Small bodies, spectroscopy
Andrea Nass
GIS/cartography, meta-data
Antonio Genova
Sapienza University of Rome
Radio science
Anni Määttänen
LATMOS/IPSL
Mars, atmospheres

Tommaso Alberti
INAF
Plasma

Mark Bentley
ESA
PSA Science Lead / PSA-UG Secretary
Dave Heather
ESA
Project scientist representative
 
 

MEETINGS

Meeting

Date

Location

Minutes

12

15-16 February 2023

ESAC, Spain

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11

15 December 2021

Virtual

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10

29-30 January

ESTEC, Netherlands

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9

03-04 July 2019

ESAC, Spain

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8

14-15 June 2018

Bologna, Italy

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7

11-12 January 2018

ESAC, Spain

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6

03-04 July 2017

DLR, Germany

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5

01-02 December 2016

ESAC, Spain

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4

23-24 November 2015

 

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3

03 June 2015 

 

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2

29-30 October 2014

ESAC, Spain

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1

02-03 July 2013

ESAC, Spain

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Former User groups

The PSA User Group members, 2016 to 2021, were:

Dr. Ernst Hauber (Chair): Mars
Dr. Franscesca Altieri: Atmospheres
Dr. Paolo Tortora: Radio Science / Auxilliary data
Dr. Sonia Fornasier: Small Bodies
Dr. Jan Soucek: Plasma
Dr. Antonio Garcia-Munoz: Remote Sensing
Dr. Sebastien Besse: PSA Science Lead / PSA-UG Secretary
Dr. Elliot Sefton-Nash: ESA Project Scientist Representative

Final presentation: download

 

The PSA User Group members, 2013 to 2016, were:

Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi (Chair): Remote Sensing: Solid Surfaces
Dr. Thomas WidemannRemote Sensing: Atmospheres
Dr. Axel HagermannAuxilliary data
Dr. Baptiste CecconiMagnetospheres
Dr. Hakan SvedhemESA Project Scientist Representative
Dr. Pascal RosenblattRadio Science

PSA-UG Final Report: download