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Dr Susan Conway

Profile summary

  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Visiting Fellow
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • susan.conway

Professional biography

My research revolves around surface processes and how landscapes are developed on different planets in the solar system. My current research focus is on how recent climate fluctuations on Mars have shaped that planet's surface. Three years of postdoctoral funding through the Leverhulme Trust will enable me to persue this research at the Open Univesity. I use image and elevation data in a GIS (Geographical Information System) to analyse both the 2D and 3D shape of the landscape. On Earth those data are from airborne sensors such as cameras and laser altimeters (LiDAR) and on Mars those data are from satellites. New high resolution data from the HiRISE camera orbiting Mars means new avenues for detailed topographic analysis are becoming available through stereo photogrammetry.

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

The hidden hazard of melting ground-ice in Northern Iceland

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201430/Sep/2018NERC - British Geological Survey (BGS)
This project will study the ‘hidden hazard’ posed by melting of shallow ground-ice in mountainous areas. The study is a combination of field measurements and remote sensing observations. The first part of the project is to investigate the ~500 000 m3 Móafellshyrna slide that was caused by melting of perched ice-rich sediments. The next step will be to apply these results to inhabited locations with similar ice-rich debris/mountainous settings. We will combine field geophysical measurements with remote sensing and modelling to investigate specific sites, and produce new empirical models to identify other ‘at-risk’ zones and determine the level of risk.

Publications

Late movement of basin-edge lobate scarps on Mercury (2017-05)
Fegan, E. R.; Rothery, D. A.; Marchi, S.; Massironi, M.; Conway, S. J. and Anand, M.
Icarus, 288 (pp. 226-324)
Mass wasting triggered by seasonal CO2 sublimation under Martian atmospheric conditions: Laboratory experiments (2016-12-28)
Sylvest, Matthew E.; Conway, Susan J.; Patel, Manish R.; Dixon, John C. and Barnes, Adam
Geophysical Research Letters, 43(24) (pp. 12363-12370)
Mercury's low-reflectance material: Constraints from hollows (2016-10)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Hynek, Brian M.; Rothery, David A. and Conway, Susan J.
Icarus, 277 (pp. 455-465)
Are the Dorsa Argentea on Mars eskers? (2016-09-01)
Butcher, Frances E.G.; Conway, Susan J. and Arnold, Neil S.
Icarus, 275 (pp. 65-84)
Explosive volcanism in complex impact craters on Mercury and the Moon: influence of tectonic regime on depth of magmatic intrusion (2015-12-01)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Rothery, David A.; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 431 (pp. 164-172)
Sedimentological analyses of martian gullies: The subsurface as the key to the surface (2015-09-15)
de Haas, Tjalling; Ventra, Dario; Hauber, Ernst; Conway, Susan J. and Kleinhans, Maarten G.
Icarus, 258 (pp. 92-108)
Volcanic terrain and the possible periglacial formation of “excess ice” at the mid-latitudes of Utopia Planitia, Mars (2015-08-01)
Soare, R. J.; Horgan, B.; Conway, S. J.; Souness, C. and El-Maarry, M. R.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 423 (pp. 182-192)
Earth-like aqueous debris-flow activity on Mars at high orbital obliquity in the last million years (2015-06-23)
de Haas, T.; Hauber, E.; Conway, S. J.; van Steijn, H.; Johnsson, A. and Kleinhans, M. G.
Nature Communications, 6, Article 7543
Geological and hydrological histories of the Argyre province, Mars (2015-06)
Dohm, J. M.; Hare, T. M.; Robbins, S. J.; Williams, J.-P.; Soare, R. J.; El-Maarry, M. R.; Conway, S. J.; Buczkowski, D. L.; Kargel, J. S.; Banks, M. E.; Fairén, A. G.; Schulze-Makuch, D.; Komatsu, G.; Miyamoto, H.; Anderson, R. C.; Davila, A. F.; Mahaney, W. C.; Fink, W.; Cleaves, H. J.; Yan, J.; Hynek, B. and Maruyama, S.
Icarus, 253 (pp. 66-98)
The comparison of topographic long profiles of gullies on Earth to gullies on Mars: a signal of water on Mars (2015-06)
Conway, Susan J.; Balme, Matthew R.; Kreslavsky, Mikhail A.; Murray, John B. and Towner, Martin C.
Icarus, 253 (pp. 189-204)
Ponding, draining and tilting of the Cerberus Plains; a cryolacustrine origin for the sinuous ridge and channel networks in Rahway Vallis, Mars (2015-06)
Ramsdale, J. D.; Balme, M. R.; Conway, S. J. and Gallagher, C.
Icarus, 253 (pp. 256-270)
A cone on Mercury: analysis of a residual central peak encircled by an explosive volcanic vent (2015-04)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Lucchetti, Alice; Cremonese, Gabriele; Rothery, David A.; Massironi, Matteo; Re, Cristina; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Planetary And Space Science, 108 (pp. 108-116)
Laboratory simulation of debris flows over sand dunes: Insights into gully-formation (Mars) (2015-02-15)
Jouannic, Gwenaël; Gargani, Julien; Conway, Susan J.; Costard, François; Balme, Matthew R.; Patel, Manish R.; Massé, Marion; Marmo, Chiara; Jomelli, Vincent and Ori, Gian G.
Geomorphology, 231 (pp. 101-115)
Pressurized groundwater outflow experiments and numerical modeling for outflow channels on Mars (2014-12-23)
Marra, Wouter A.; Hauber, Ernst; McLelland, Stuart J.; Murphy, Brendan J.; Parsons, Daniel R.; Conway, Susan J.; Roda, Manuel; Govers, Rob and Kleinhans, Maarten G.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 119, Article 21 January 2015(12) (pp. 2668-2693)
Mineralogy, chemistry and biological contingents of an early-middle Miocene Antarctic paleosol and its relevance as a Martian analogue (2014-12)
Mahaney, William C.; Dohm, James M.; Schwartz, Stephane; Findling, Nathaniel; Hart, Kris M.; Conway, Susan J.; Allen, Christopher C.R.; Miyamoto, Hideaki and Fairén, Alberto G.
Planetary And Space Science, 104(Part B) (pp. 253-269)
Mechanisms of explosive volcanism on Mercury: implications from its global distribution and morphology (2014-10)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Rothery, David A.; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 119(10) (pp. 2239-2254)
Long-lived explosive volcanism on Mercury (2014-09-16)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Rothery, David A.; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Geophysical Research Letters, 41(17) (pp. 6084-6092)
Decameter thick remnant glacial ice deposits on Mars (2014-08-16)
Conway, Susan J. and Balme, Matthew R.
Geophysical Research Letters, 41(15) (pp. 5402-5409)
Possible ice-wedge polygons and recent landscape modification by “wet” periglacial processes in and around the Argyre impact basin, Mars (2014-05-01)
Soare, R. J.; Conway, S. J. and Dohm, J. M.
Icarus, 233 (pp. 214-228)
Hollows on Mercury: materials and mechanisms involved in their formation (2014-02)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Rothery, David A.; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Icarus, 229 (pp. 221-235)
Possible open-system (hydraulic) pingos in and around the Argyre impact region of Mars (2014)
Soare, R. J.; Conway, Susan; Dohm, J. M. and El-Maarry, M. R.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 398 (pp. 25-36)
Sub-kilometre (intra-crater) mounds in Utopia Planitia, Mars: character, occurrence and possible formation hypotheses (2013-08)
Soare, Richard J.; Conway, Susan; Pearce, Geoffrey D.; Costard, François and Séjourné, Antoine
Icarus, 225(2) (pp. 982-991)
Possible crater-based pingos, paleolakes and periglacial landscapes at the high latitudes of Utopia Planitia, Mars (2013-08)
Soare, R. J.; Conway, S. J.; Pearce, G. D.; Dohm, J. M. and Grindrod, P. M.
Icarus, 225(2) (pp. 971-981)
Evidence for Amazonian mid-latitude glaciation on Mars from impact crater asymmetry (2013-07)
Conway, Susan and Mangold, Nicolas
Icarus, 225 (pp. 413-423)
Climate-driven deposition of water ice and the formation of mounds in craters in Mars’ north polar region (2012-07)
Conway, Susan J.; Hovius, Niels; Barnie, Talfan; Besserer, Jonathan; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Orosei, Roberto and Read, Natalie Anne
Icarus, 220(1) (pp. 174-193)
A chronology of early Mars climatic evolution from impact crater degradation (2012)
Mangold, N.; Adeli, S.; Conway, S. J.; Ansan, V. and Langlais, B.
Journal of Geophysical Research, 117(E4)
The indication of Martian gully formation processes by slope-area analysis (2011-01-01)
Conway, Susan J.; Balme, Matthew R.; Murray, John; Towner, Martin C.; Okubo, Chris H. and Grindrod, Peter M.
Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 356(1) (pp. 171-201)
Sorted clastic stripes, lobes and associated gullies in high-latitude craters on Mars: landforms indicative of very recent, polycyclic ground-ice thaw and liquid flows (2011-01)
Gallagher, Colman; Balme, Matthew; Conway, Susan and Grindrod, Peter
Icarus, 211(1) (pp. 458-471)
Enhanced runout and erosion by overland flow at low pressure and subfreezing conditions: experiments and application to Mars (2011-01)
Conway, Susan J.; Lamb, Michael P.; Balme, Matthew R.; Towner, Martin C. and Murray, John B.
Icarus, 211(1) (pp. 443-457)
Identifying Martian gully evolution (2011)
Aston, A. H.; Conway, S. J. and Balme, M. R.
Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 356(1) (pp. 151-169)
Geologically recent water flow inferred in channel systems in the NE Sulci Gordii region, Mars (2011)
Towner, M. C.; Eakin, C.; Conway, S. and Harrison, S.
Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 356(1) (pp. 229-256)
A new approach to estimating hazard posed by debris flows in the Westfjords of Iceland (2010)
Conway, S. J.; Decaulne, A.; Balme, M. R.; Murray, J. B. and Towner, M. C.
Geomorphology, 114(4) (pp. 556-572)
The Dorsa Argentea, Mars: New Comparisons to a Large Sample of Terrestrial Eskers and Quantitative Tests for Esker-Like Topographic Relationships (2016-09)
Butcher, F. E.G.; Conway, S. J. and Arnold, N. S.
In : Sixth International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration (5-9 September 2016, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland)
Preliminary findings from geological mapping of the Hokusai (H5) quadrangle of Mercury (2016-02-05)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (21-25 March, 2016, Houston, Texas)
Preliminary observations of Rustaveli basin, Mercury (2016-02-05)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A..; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2016) (21/03/2016 - 25/03/2016, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas)
The Dorsa Argentea, Mars: Comparison to new terrestrial analogues and statistical tests for topographic relationships (2016-01-22)
Butcher, F.E.G.; Conway, S.J. and Arnold, N.S.
In : UKPF 13th Annual Early Career Planetary Scientists' Meeting (22nd January 2016)
The Dorsa Argentea, Mars: Comparison to >5900 Terrestrial Esker Systems and Statistical Tests for Topographic Relationships (2016)
Butcher, F.E.G; Conway, S.J.; Arnold, N.S. and Balme, M.R.
In : 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (21-25 March, 2016, Houston, Texas)
Putative crater-floor pingos, paleolakes and periglacial landscapes in north Utopia Planitia, Mars (2012-04)
Soare, R.J.; Conway, S. and Dohm, J.M.
In : EGU General Assembly 2012 (22-27 April 2012, Vienna) (p 1242)
Ice-Enriched Loess and the Formation of Periglacial Terrain in Mid-Utopia Planitia, Mars (2012-03)
Soare, R.J.; Conway, S.; Pearce, G.D. and Costard, F.
In : Lunar and Planetary Science XLIII (19-23 March 2012, Houston, TX)
Experimental Investigation of Gully Formation Under Low Pressure and Low Temperature Conditions (2012-03)
Jouannic, G; Conway, S. J.; Gargani, J; Costard, F; Patel, M. R. and Ori, G. G.
In : Lunar and Planetary Science XLIII (19-23 March 2012, Houston, TX)
A Chronology of Mars Hydrological Evolution from Impact Degradatio (2012-03)
Mangold, N.; Adeli, S.; Conway, S.; Asan, V. and Langlais, B.
In : Lunar and Planetary Science XLIII (19-23 March 2012, Houston, TX)
Comparison of the Morphology of Crater-Slopes with Gullies to those Without Gullies (2012-03)
Conway, S. J.; Mangold, N.; Balme, M. R. and Ansan., V.
In : Lunar and Planetary Science XLIII (19-23 March 2012, Houston, TX)
Using topographic derivatives of high resolution data on Earth and Mars to determine active processes on Mars (2012)
Conway, S. J.; Balme, M. R. and Grindrod, P. M.
In : European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 (22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria)
A chronology of Mars hydrological evolution from impact degradation (2012)
Mangold, N.; Adeli, S.; Conway, S.; Ansan, V. and Langlais, B.
In : Third International Conference on Early Mars: Geologic and Hydrologic Evolution, Physical and Chemical Environments, and Implications for Life (21-25 May , 2012, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA)
The morphologic difference between crater slopes with and without gullies on Mars (2012)
Conway, S. J.; Mangold, N.; Balme, M. R. and Ansan, V.
In : European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 (22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria)
A chronology of Mars climatic evolution from impact crater degradation (2012)
Mangold, N.; Adeli, S.; Conway, S.; Ansan, V. and Langlais, B.
In : European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 (22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria)
The role of gullies in Martian impact crater degradation (2011-10)
Conway, S. J. ; Mangold, N. and Ansan, V.
In : EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 (2-7 October 2011, Nantes, France) (p 1168)
A reassessment of impact crater degradation by climatic processes on early Mars (2011-10)
Adeli, S.; Conway, S.; Mangold, N. and Ansan, V.
In : EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 (2-7 October 2011, Nantes) (p 1756)
Crater shape evolution with latitude in Terra Cimmeria, Mars - implications for climate (2011-03)
Conway, S. J.; Mangold, N. and Ansan, V.
In : 42nd Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference (7–11 March, 2011, The Woodlands, TX, USA) (p 2174)
Hydrocode modelling of fluvial flow with ANSYS CFX: comparison with Martian analogue lab-scale experiments (2011-03)
Price, M. C.; Conway, S. J.; Towner, M. C. and Burchell, M. J.
In : Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference XLII (7–11 March 2011, The Woodlands, Texas) (p 1771)
The origin and evolution of ice domes in the north polar region of Mars (2011-03)
Conway, S. J.; Hovius, N.; Barnie, T. D.; Besserer, J.; Le Mouélic, S. and Reed, N.
In : Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference XLII (7–11 March 2011, The Woodlands, Texas) (p 2030)
How wet are gullies on Mars? Insights from high resolution topography (2011)
Conway, S. J.; Balme, M. R. and Grindrod, P. M.
In : EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 (2-7 October 2011, Nantes, France)
Numerical simulation of debris flows using a two phase model: application to debris flows in Iceland (2011)
Narbona-Reina, G.; Mangeney, A.; Castro-Díaz, M.; Fernández-Nieto, E.; Conway, S.; Mangold, N. and Bouchut, F.
In : AGU Fall Meeting 2011 (5-9 December 2011, San Francisco, CA, USA)
Possible crater-based pingos, paleolakes and periglacial landscapes in the high latitudes of Utopia Planitia, Mars (2011)
Soare, R. J.; Pearce, G.; Conway, S. and Dohm, J. M.
In : Fifth International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration (12-16 September 2011, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA)
Modelling fluvial flow with Ansys fluent and comparison with Martian analogue lab-scale experiments and Martian gullies (2010-12)
Price, M.C.; Conway, S. J. and Towner, M. C.
In : American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2010. (13-17 December 2010, San Francisco) (C759)
Exploring the origin of ice-filled craters in the north polar region of Mars (2010-05)
Hovius, Niels; Conway, Susan; Barnie, T.; Besserer, J.; Le Mouélic, S. and Read, N.
In : EGU General Assembly 2010 (2-7 May 2010, Vienna, Austria) (p 15299)
Quantitive analysis of gully long profiles on Earth and Mars (2010-05)
Conway, Susan; Balme, Matthew; Murray, John and Towner, Martin
In : EGU General Assembly 2010 (2-7 May 2010, Vienna, Austria) (p 9889)
Can water move sediment on present-day Mars? Insights into gully formation from laboratory simulations (2010-03)
Conway, S. J.; Balme, M. R.; Towner, M. C. and Murray, J. B.
In : Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference XLI (1-5 March 2010, The Woodlands, Texas) (p 1894)
Geomorphic analysis of the formation processes of Martian gullies (2010-03)
Conway, S. J.; Balme, M. R.; Murray, J. B.; Towner, M. C.; Okubu, C. and Grindrod, P.M.
In : Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference XLI (1-5 March 2010, The Woodlands, Texas) (p 1881)
Ice filled craters in Mars' north polar region — implications for sub-surface volatiles (2009-03)
Hovius, N.; Conway, S. J.; Barnie, T. B. and Besserer, J.
In : Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference XL (March 23-27, 2009, The Woodlands, Texas) (p 2042)
Using patterns of debris flow erosion and deposition in the Icelandic Westfjords to delineate hazard zones (2009)
Conway, S. J.; Decaulne, A.; Balme, M. R.; Murray, J. B. and Towner, M. C.
In : European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2009 (19-24 April 2009, Vienna, Austria)
Debris Flow as a Mechanism for Forming Martian Gullies (2009)
Conway, S. J.; Balme, M. R.; Murray, J. B. and Towner, M. C.
In : European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2009 (19-24 April 2009, Vienna, Austria)
Debris flow as a mechanism for forming martian gullies (2009)
Conway, S. J.; Balme, M. R.; Murray, J. B. and Towner, M. C.
In : 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (23-27 March 2009, Houston, USA)
Icelandic debris flows and their relationship to Martian gullies (2008-02)
Conway, S. J.; Balme, M. R.; Murray, J. B.; Towner, M. C. and Kim, J. R.
In : Workshop on Martian Gullies, Theories and Tests (4-5 Feb 2008, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas) (pp. 25-26)
Debris flows on Earth and Mars (2010)
Conway, Susan
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