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Dr. Nathaniel Putzig

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in CO
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth, Mars
Disciplines/Techniques: Climate, Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Radar, Remote sensing, Tectonics, Thermal Emission Spectroscopy, Thermal modeling, Volcanism
Missions: Mars Express (ESA), Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Insight, Mars Odyssey, MER, MRO, MSL, Phoenix Mars Lander
Mission Roles: Data archive, Data validation, Deputy Instrument PI, Instrument Co-Investigator, Instrument operations, Mission Co-Investigator, Mission operations, Mission science team, Science operations
Instruments: Cameras, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers

Research Interests

I have been studying the geology and climate history of Mars with orbital radar data since 2006 and with thermal data since 2001. Previously, I obtained 14 years of experience with terrestrial active-source seismic data in academia (Rice University) and industry (oil & gas exploration). My skills include processing, modeling, and interpretation of remote-sensing data, software development, training course design and instruction, and personnel and project management.

Professional History

I presently serve as the US/Deputy Team Leader for the Shallow Radar (SHARAD) sounder on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). I am the Principal Investigator on a series of studies that are producing enormous 3-D volumes from SHARAD observations encompassing the Martian poles, and I lead or participate in other studies of near-surface physical properties of various Martian terrains, including landing sites, with a focus on thermal and radar observations.

SHARAD Operations at PSI

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