Christopher S. Edwards

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Christopher S. Edwards

Christopher S. Edwards is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University. He is a participating scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover (MSL), and has worked on numerous other Mars missions including the 2001 Mars Odyssey Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES), Mars Exploration Rovers Mini-Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM). Edwards participated on these science and instrument teams while pursuing his PhD at Arizona State University, as the Planetary Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, as a Research Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center and now at NAU. His research focuses on the composition, physical properties and processes, and morphology of planetary surfaces, with an emphasis on rocky bodies including the Earth. A major element of his research has been the design and development of infrared remote sensing instruments for use in space, the laboratory and for fieldwork. His research uses infrared spectroscopy, radiometry, laboratory spectroscopic measurements, geologic field observations, and numerical modeling, and has taken him to field sites in the western U.S., Yellowstone, Hawaii, and Spain, as well as the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan.

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Selected Publications (of 35)

• Edwards, C. S. and S. Piqueux, The Water Content of Recurring Slope Lineae on Mars, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2016GL070179

Press Coverage: NASA/JPL Press Release; NAU News; ASU News; Washington Post; Space.com; Engadget; The Register; Pasadena Star News; NPR Air Talk (live interview)

• Edwards, C. S., and B. L. Ehlmann (2015), Carbon sequestration on Mars, Geology, 43(10), 863-866, doi: 10.1130/G36983.1

Press Coverage: NASA/JPL Press Release; USGS Technical Announcement; ASU News; APL/CRISM Press Release

Ehlmann, B. L. and C. S. Edwards, (2014), The Composition of the Martian Surface from Infrared Spectroscopy, Annual Reviews in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42(1), 291-315, doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-060313-055024

• Edwards, C. S., J. L. Bandfield, P. R. Christensen, A. D. Rogers (2014), The Formation of Infilled Craters on Mars: Evidence for Widespread Impact Induced Decompression Melting of the Martian Mantle?, Icarus, 228(1), 149-166, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2013.10.005.

Press Coverage: Nature Research Highlight, doi: 10.1038/502597b; Red Planet Report, Pressure-release melting put rocky floors into early Mars craters

• Pilorget, C. S. Edwards, B. L. Ehlmann, F. Forget, E. Millour, (2013) Material ejection by the cold jets and temperature evolution of the south seasonal polar cap of Mars from THEMIS/CRISM observations and implications for surface properties, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118(12), 2520-2536, doi: 10.1002/2013JE004513.

Edwards, C. S., and P. R. Christensen (2013), Microscopic emission and reflectance thermal infrared spectroscopy: instrumentation for quantitative in situ mineralogy of complex planetary surfaces, Applied Optics, 52(11), 2200-2217, doi: 10.1364/AO.52.002200.

• Bandfield, J. L., C. S. Edwards, D. R. Montgomery, and B. D. Brand (2013), The dual nature of the martian crust: Young lavas and old clastic materials, Icarus, 222(1), 188-199, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.10.023.

Press Coverage: Red Planet Report, Mars’ Explosive Childhood; The Martian Chronicles, The two-faced crust of Mars

• Cooper, F. J., B. A. Adams, C. S. Edwards, and K. V. Hodges (2012), Large normal-sense displacement on the South Tibetan fault system in the eastern Himalaya, Geology, doi: 10.1130/g33318.1.

Edwards, C. S., K. J. Nowicki, P. R. Christensen, J. Hill, N. Gorelick, and K. Murray (2011), Mosaicking of global planetary image datasets: 1. Techniques and data processing for Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) multi-spectral data, J. Geophys. Res., 116(E10), E10008, doi:10.1029/2010JE003755.