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    It long has been thought that the collisions between dust grains and larger non-suspended sand grains may create a variably electrically active and harsh environment for organic and other chemicals, connecting the meteorology of Martian dust to the question of the past and present existence of life on Mars. I have been working for several years with Michael W. Busch (now a Jansky Fellow) on approaches to observing Martian dust storms in the radio. I am interested in collaborating with experimentalists to create a reference model for radio emission, which is the major obstacle to progress in this area.

    References

    N.G. Heavens , Richardson, M.I., McEwan, I.J., and Busch, M.W., 2010, Martian dust storm hazards: Improving characterization and forecasting, 18th Conference on Applied Climatology, 90th AMS Annual Meeting, J8.6. (oral)

    N. Heavens , McEwan, I.J., Busch, M.W., Newman C.E., and Richardson M.I., 2007, Modeling and Implications of Exotic Martian Radio Emission, 39th Annual Meeting of Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, 17.05 (oral).