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Dr Elena Favaro

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Professional biography

I am a researcher specializing in planetary geomorphology and am currently a member of the ExoMars team focusing on aeolian processes at the Oxia Planum landing site. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. My research investigated bedrock abrasion and bedform evolution on Earth and Mars. I undertook analogue field work in the high altitude arid deserts of Northwestern Argentina, where the landscape is dominated by egnimatic landforms and bedforms common to Mars, like yardangs, aeolian rat tails, periodic bedrock ridges, and megaripples.

Research interests

I am interested in planetary aeolian geomorphology. Specifically, I use aeolain signals in remote areas of Earth and Mars to piece together the complex wind patterns that have affected the region, either contemporaneously or at somepoint in the past. Currently, my main reserach focus is to use the aeolian landforms and bedforms in Oxia Planum to characterize the wind regime before ESA's Rosaland Franklin rover touches down in 2023. In my work, I extensively use NASA HiRISE imagery (a high resolution camera onboard the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter spacecraft) and remote sensing tools like ArcGIS Pro.