Our research group is comprised of graduate students, undergraduates,
technical staff and visiting students all focused on understanding both
the current state of Mars ice and processes governing the distribution,
history, and role of ice in Mars climate evolution. Our primary
tool is orbital radar sounding, a technique that is a relatively new
for Mars, and for planetary exploration in general. Two radar
sounders, MARSIS and SHARAD, are currently in orbit at Mars. Due
to Dr. Holt's role as a Co-Investigator on SHARAD, we are very busy
with the acquisition and analysis of new data. Building on UTIG's
extensive experience in airborne radar sounding of ice on Earth, we
have developed new analysis techniques specifically for SHARAD that
give us unique capabilities and put us at the forefront of this
Research in Antartica, closely linked to other projects at UTIG,
further enables our Mars research efforts through studies of specific
features analogous to those on Mars, the deployment of radar sounders
with properties similar to MARSIS and SHARAD, and the development of
new data analysis techniques.
We have just published two papers in Nature that provide a major
leap in understanding the history of polar ice on Mars. They describe
the origin and evolution of two major anomalies, Chasma Boreale and the
ubiquitous spiral troughs.
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