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Special Issue "Advances in Remote Sensing of Mars: Geomorphological Research and Environmental Assessment"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Satellite Missions for Earth and Planetary Exploration".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 528

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Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
Interests: geomorphology and surface processes; remote sensing; geographic information system; climate reconstruction
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Dear Colleagues,

While our current understanding of Martian geomorphology has significantly improved over the last decade, many processes and rates remain poorly understood and/or are subject to multiple and conflicting interpretations, in part due to a lack of clear terrestrial analogs. The coupling of new sensors and high-resolution repeat imagery has allowed the observation of surface-altering processes, which provide insights into recent changes on the Martian surface. As a result, many existing hypotheses regarding form and process, including some dating to interpretations made during the era of early coarser resolution imagery, are being overturned.

This Special Issue aims to address the use of new satellite sensors and rover platforms in order to interpret and reinterpret Martian geomorphology. Research papers may address anything from satellite and rover remote sensing systems that collect data to the analysis of specific geomorphic forms and processes using this data, to studies that interpret past and current rates of deposition and erosion on the Martian surface. The scope of the submitted articles includes, but is not limited, to the following topics:

  • Satellite and rover remote sensing of the Martian surface:
    • satellite/rover RS sensor systems (current and future planned)
    • terrain analysis techniques as applied to mars
    • change detection/current geomorphic activity
  • Analysis of Martian geomorphic forms, processes and rates, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • glacial: cirques, eskers, moraines, lineated valley fill
    • periglacial: frost polygons, araneiforms
    • hillslope: slope streaks, recurring slope lineae, landslides, chaos terrain
    • aeolian: TARs, barchans, ventifacts, yardangs, dust deposition
    • fluvial: river channels, deltas, alluvial fans
    • rates of erosion and deposition: cratering impacts, physical and chemical processes
  • Terrestrial analogs for Martian landforms

Prof. Dr. Louis Scuderi
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • satellite sensors
  • rover sensors
  • terrain analysis
  • geomorphic processes
  • Martian landforms
  • rates
  • terrestrial analogs

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Rover Attitude and Camera Parameter: Rock Measurements on Mars Surface Based on Rover Attitude and Camera Parameter for Tianwen-1 Mission
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(18), 4388; - 06 Sep 2023
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Rocks, prominent features on the surface of Mars, are a primary focus of Mars exploration missions. The accuracy of recognizing rock information, including size and position, deeply affects the path planning for rovers on Mars and the geological exploration of Mars. In this [...] Read more.
Rocks, prominent features on the surface of Mars, are a primary focus of Mars exploration missions. The accuracy of recognizing rock information, including size and position, deeply affects the path planning for rovers on Mars and the geological exploration of Mars. In this paper, we present a rock measurement method for the Mars surface based on a Rover Attitude and Camera Parameter (RACP). We analyze the imaging process of the Navigation and Terrain Camera (NaTeCam) on the Zhurong rover, which involves utilizing a semi-spherical model (SSM) to characterize the camera’s attitude, a projection model (PM) to connect the image data with the three-dimensional (3D) environment, and then estimating the distance and size of rocks. We conduct a test on NaTeCam images and find that the method is effective in measuring the distance and size to Martian rocks and identifying rocks at specific locations. Furthermore, an analysis of the impact of uncertain factors is conducted. The proposed RACP method offers a reliable solution for automatically analyzing the rocks on Mars, which provides a possible solution for the route planning in similar tasks. Full article
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