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.
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