Specific areas of interest

The major areas of interest are listed against each instrument. The below-mentioned topics are only indicative and PIs are free to suggest other potential topics of direct relevance. The proposals can also be a combination of several of those areas mentioned in the topics of interest. 

Mars Colour Camera (MCC)

  • Geomorphology and morphometric analysis of martian volcanoes
  • Geomorphology and morphometric analysis of fluvial landforms
  • Aeolian processes on Mars
  • Dust storms
  • Dust devils
  • Wind streaks
    • Study of genesis and direction of wind streaks on Mars
    • Dark streaks
    • Bright streaks
    • Other streaks
  • Dunes
    • Dune movement
    • Modeling Wind speeds and directions
  • Combined analysis of MCC and MSM data to study dust storms, dust devils, cloud heights etc.
  • Understanding the process geomorphology of canyons, gullies and outflow channels present on Mars
  • Photometric correction of MCC
  • Crater Size Frequency Distribution (CSFD) for surface age detection and geological mapping
  • Surface change detection by comparative analysis of MCC data with international datasets
  • International sensor data comparison and data merging for geomorphological and mineralogical studies
  • Study of geomorphology of Mars with terrestrial analogues 

Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS)       

  • Algorithm development for analysis of TIS data
  • Inversion of surface temperature of Mars using TIS data 

Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM)

  • Algorithm development for Methane detection in atmosphere of Mars
  • Mars reflectance changes due to dynamic atmosphere using MSM
  • Radiative transfer modeling in VNIR part of EM spectrum 

Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP)

  • atmospheric escape process addressing especially water loss mechanisms in Martian exosphere.
  • Algorithm realization, code development and construction of a Far Ultra-violet wavelength model of radiative transfer for the Mars exosphere from 250 km onwards.
  • models addressing isotopic fractionation and enrichment of deuterium.
  • Assessment of Martian atmospheric escape process, especially water escape rate using the measured Hydrogen, deuterium fluxes and estimated D/H ratio.
  • Combined analysis of LAP and MENCA data to assess the hydrogen atomic density and distribution in Martian exosphere.
  • Integrated studies of LAP payload data with other international Mars missions.

Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA)

  • Exopsheric composition of Mars
  • Atmospheric escape from Mars