Adrian Brown at the SETI Institute

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Adrian Brown

Welcome to my website. I am a planetary scientist working at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. My fields of research include Mars, astrobiology and remote sensing spectroscopy. On this website you'll find an introduction to my research, including my community products, as well as my research papers and projects.

My current research focuses on the analysis of data from the Mars instrument "CRISM" which is onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Mister Oh). My CRISM releated research page is here.

Here is a Wordle map showing the frequency of usage of words in the abstracts of my first 10 scientific papers.

Wordle picture of words uages in my papers

For the CRISM project, I am helping choose targets and analysing data from the North and South Poles of Mars. I am working with other researchers to study seasonal changes in the surface and atmosphere in the polar regions of Mars. The poles are the most dynamic regions on Mars and they may hold the history of past water on Mars.

On the community page, you'll find datasets I've generated that may be useful to other members of the planetary science community.

On the education and Outreach side, I am the coordinator of the SETI Institute Seminar series - a weekly science talk from cutting edge researchers in the Northern California region.

I also help teach an online planetary science course at the Astronomy Department of Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

I am involved in the running of the Australian Space Prize, which is an annual prize for undergraduates who have completed an Honours thesis related to space in science or engineering. The winner each year travels to a NASA Center in the United States to take part in a 10-week summer program. More details can be found here.

My scientific work involves understanding the way light interacts with solid surfaces. I'm interested in furthering our understanding of all aspects of the way electromagnetic waves interact with particulate surfaces (especially snow or ice packs, where we can characterise the components better than soils or rocks).

I completed my PhD studies at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology. If you are interested in my PhD research on hyperspectral mapping of ancient hydrothermal systems in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, you will find the web site, and many linked resources, here.

CRISM latest results

• The Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) opened its cover in September of 2006 and has been taking images ever since. Check out the latest images here!

New CRISM polar data!

• I prepared seasonal mosaics for the 2006 Mars southern polar recession, you can find them here.

Pilbara related research

• To visit my old website, detailing my investigation of ancient hydrothermal systems in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, click here.

Looking for something?

• If you are looking for a download of one of my papers please have a look here.

• If you are interested in my PhD research on hyperspectral mapping of ancient hydrothermal systems in Western Australia, you will find it here.

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