David P. Anderson is Senior Systems Analyst and Director of the Imaging
Laboratory in the Department of Geological Science's Center for Geophysics
at Southern Methodist University.
modeling the surface of Venus in 1989
under a NASA grant for the Magellan project with Roger Phillips,
one of it's principal investigators. Over the next few years
we developed tools for generating three-dimensional imagery from
the massive Magellan data sets, and began to produce a series of detailed
pictures of geologic structures on Venus.
These images have been featured in the pages of scientific journals and magazines like Science, Scientific American, Discover, Sky and Telescope, Der Spiegel and others in Europe and Japan, over 350 publications as of April 2003, as well as astronomy texts and encyclopedia,s including a three page foldout in the February 1993 issue of National Geographic.
Discover Magazine featured an article in December 1993 about our work on a
unique 3-D rendering technique
developed in the SMU Imaging Laboratory for generating fine scale surface
features from the NASA elevation and radar data measured by the Magellan space probe. The technique
capitalizes on the relationship between radar reflectivity and surface roughness to re-create
subtle features not available from the raw altimetry data.
"The Solar System" model, a permanent installation at the Smithsonian Museum
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., includes ceramic plaques of each of the
planets. The Venus station, pictured here, features an image from of NASA Magellan
Spacecraft data of Maxwell Montes, tallest mountains in the Solar system, by
"David P. Anderson, Department of Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University."
A series of 3D images and animations of the Venus landscape were modeled by David in the SMU Geophysics Imaging Lab for the Scientific American Library which has since been released on CDROM.
Our recent work includes the search for
strange quark matter with Eugene Herrin (seismology), Vigdor Teplitz (physics)
and Ileana Tibuleac (geophysics) using the facilities of the SMU Geophysical Seismology
network, the United States Geological Services (USGS) and the U.S. Department of
An exotic form of extremely dense matter may, if it exists, periodically strike the earth and be detectable from the seismic energy released by its passage. Traditional seismic theory depends on point sources for very small events like this, and so would not detect the passage of such a particle. The team has developed and deployed a "linear event recognizer" to search for just such events.
In my spare time I enjoy:
building robots making music music for dance star gazing my family.
and here's a link to my weblog
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