Preface to the special issue of PSS on ``Surfaces and atmospheres of the outer
planets, their satellites and ring systems: Part V''
This special issue of PSS represents selected articles based on
research presented in 2008 at various planetary sessions orga-
nized under the auspices of the European Geosciences Union
(EGU) (Vienna, Austria, from 13 to 18 April), the Asia Oceania
Geosciences Society (AOGS) (Busan, South Korea, from 16 to 20
July), COSPAR (Montreal, Canada, from 13 to 20 July) and the
European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) (M ¨unster, Germany
from 21 to 26 September).
The Editors wish to recognize here the excellent work of the
conveners of these sessions, whose tireless efforts in publicizing
and promoting the outer planets sessions were evident in the
large number of abstracts submitted and the big attendance at
those sessions. We also wish to thank the reviewers who have
done an excellent job in evaluating the papers presented here.
The sessions organized this past year focused on recent
observations and models on the atmospheres and surfaces of the
giant planets and their satellites. Particular attention was given to