ARC Discovery Projects funding success 2016
Professor Dr Shin-Chan Han, Professor Dr William Featherstone and Assistant Professor Nicholas Schmerr been awarded $393,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2016 for their research project Lunar crustal structure from high-res gravity, topography, and seismic data.
This project aims to improve our knowledge of the Moon, including its surface processes, interior structure, modification by geological processes and creation and evolution. The Moon preserves the longest and cleanest records of surface geology in the Solar System's history, unlike the Earth. The lunar crust should exhibit strong heterogeneity in density (both porosity and composition) given its complex history of impact bombardment and volcanism. This project aims to determine radial and lateral heterogeneity in density and porosity within the Moon's crust, by analysing Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory gravity and spacecraft tracking data, Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter topography and in situ Apollo seismological data.