Institute for Geophysics
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758
The space exploration dedicated to terrestrial planets is designed to characterize the environments of planetary bodies in our solar system and to understand their fundamental evolution processes. However, these distant worlds can be dominated by non-intuitive mechanisms, complicating the analysis of data coming from the unmanned exploration spacecrafts.
My work aims to better understand and interpret the observations acquired by radar sounders onboard planetary probes. My main targets are Mars, Titan, Europa, the Moon, and the Earth polar regions. I focus my research to characterize the surfaces and ionospheres of those planetary bodies. This is acheived through four activities:
Development of tools for radar inversion of geophysical data
Validation of theoretical tools in the Earth's cryosphere
Interpretation of data from ongoing space missions
Definition of future space missions
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