We create novel geospatial products for planetary surfaces and atmospheres at scales from a rover vehicle through aerobot through to global. These include 3D land surface, surface roughness and sub-surface topography, 3D maps of smoke and cloud-top winds and heights, 3D maps of solar Coronal Mass Ejections, land surface broadband BRDF and albedo, spectral BRDF as well as their visual 2D and 3D representation. Scientific studies include looking at the relationship of solar CMEs with terrestrial (and extra-terrestrial) weather and climate (with the Solar Group) as well as time sampling issues concerned with satellite vs ground-based atmospheric measurements.
Our current focus on planetary science is to develop 3D workstations for processing rover stereo imagery from planetary surfaces (with the Planetary Group) and the development of novel life detection systems employing hyperfine hyperspectral sensors and UV-induced fluorescence.
As well as working with other groups within MSSL, we are part of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck.