PTYS/LPL Faculty

Lynn Carter

Associate Professor
Earth, Lunar Studies, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System, Radar remote sensing
Ph.D., 2005, Cornell University

Kuiper 533A

Years with LPL: 2016 to present


Dr. Carter’s research interests include volcanism and impact cratering on the terrestrial planets and Moon, surface properties of asteroids and outer Solar System moons, planetary analog field studies, climate change, and the development of radar remote sensing techniques. She is currently a a team member on five spacecraft instruments: SHARAD on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mini-RF on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, RIMFAX on Mars2020, REASON on the Europa flagship mission, and Shadowcam on Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter. She also uses Earth-based telescope radar observations to obtain polarimetric images of planets, the Moon and asteroids. Prior field studies using ground penetrating radar have included Kilauea lava flows and pyroclastics in Hawaii, Sunset crater and Meteor crater in Arizona, and permafrost sites near Bonanza Creek outside of Fairbanks Alaska. She is also part of a team at Goddard developing a polarimetric digital beamforming radar system for planetary or Earth orbiter missions. 

View LPL Evening Lecture from October 4, 2017, An Underground Look at Mars Climate and Evolution

Current Grants

  • “Scalable Beamforming Radar Processor for High Resolution Imaging of Planetary Surfaces”, NASA Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO), PI
  • “Constraining the Surface Properties of Mars2020 Landing Sites from Radar Data”, JPL Competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) No. NT-2692-081715, Co-I
  • “Investigating the causes of radar-detected layering in ice”, NASA Solar System Workings Program (SSW), PI
  • “Characterizing Thawing Permafrost Carbon Emissions: An Integrated Pilot Study in Support of Satellite Evaluation/Design and Earth System Modeling Capabilities”, NASA Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science, Co-I
  • “Volatiles, Regolith and Thermal Investigations Consortium for Exploration and Science (VORTICES) ”, Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) 2013, Co-I
  • “Remote Sensing Studies of Volcanic Deposits on Venus, Earth, and the Moon”, NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program (PG&G), PI
  • “Investigating the Structure and Physical Properties of the Lunar Regolith using Radar and Infrared Data”, NASA Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research (LASER), PI 

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Current PTYS Graduate Students

Current Postdocs

Former Postdocs

  • David Hollibaugh Baker (NASA NPP)
  • Catherine Neish


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author Search: Lynn M. Carter

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Year 2017 and 2018

Shoemaker, E. S., Baker, D. M. H., Carter, L. M.  Radar Sounding of Open Basin Lakes on Mars 2018JGRE..123.1395S

Ghail, R. C., Hall, D., Mason, P. J., Herrick, R. R., Carter, L. M., Williams, E. VenSAR on EnVision: Taking earth observation radar to Venus 2018IJAEO..64..365G

Campbell, B. A., Morgan, G. A., Whitten, J. L., Carter, L. M., Glaze, L. S., Campbell, D. B.  Pyroclastic flow deposits on Venus as indicators of renewed magmatic activity 2017JGRE..122.1580C

Orosei, R., Rossi, A. P., Cantini, F., Caprarelli, G., Carter, L. M., Papiano, I., Cartacci, M., Cicchetti, A., Noschese, R.  Radar sounding of Lucus Planum, Mars, by MARSIS 2017JGRE..122.1405O

Martin-Wells, K. S., Campbell, D. B., Campbell, B. A., Carter, L. M., Fox, Q.  Secondary crater-initiated debris flow on the Moon 2017Icar..291..176M

Carter, L.  Enceladus: Hot spots on an ice world 2017NatAs...1E..84C

Carter, L. M., Campbell, B. A., Neish, C. D., Nolan, M. C., Patterson, G. W., Jensen, J. R., Bussey, D. B. J.  A Comparison of Radar Polarimetry Data of the Moon From the LRO Mini-RF Instrument and Earth-Based Systems 2017ITGRS..55.1915C

Bandfield, J. L., Cahill, J. T. S., Carter, L. M., Neish, C. D., Patterson, G. W., Williams, J.-P., Paige, D. A.  Distal ejecta from lunar impacts: Extensive regions of rocky deposits 2017Icar..283..282B

Patterson, G. W., Stickle, A. M., Turner, F. S., Jensen, J. R., Bussey, D. B. J., Spudis, P., Espiritu, R. C., Schulze, R. C., Yocky, D. A., Wahl, D. E., Zimmerman, M., Cahill, J. T. S., Nolan, M., Carter, L., Neish, C. D., Raney, R. K., Thomson, B. J., Kirk, R., Thompson, T. W., Tise, B. L., Erteza, I. A., Jakowatz, C. V.  Bistatic radar observations of the Moon using Mini-RF on LRO and the Arecibo Observatory 2017Icar..283....2P

Neish, C. D., Hamilton, C. W., Hughes, S. S., Nawotniak, S. K., Garry, W. B., Skok, J. R., Elphic, R. C., Schaefer, E., Carter, L. M., Bandfield, J. L., Osinski, G. R., Lim, D., Heldmann, J. L.  Terrestrial analogues for lunar impact melt flows 2017Icar..281...73N

Carter, L. M., Campbell, B. A., Neish, C. D., Nolan, M. C., Patterson, G. W., Jensen, J. R., Bussey, D. B. J. 55 A Comparison of Radar Polarimetry Data of the Moon From the LRO Mini-RF Instrument and Earth-Based Systems 2017ITGRS..55.1915C

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