Planetary Radar

Catherine D. Neish, Lynn M. Carter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

7 Scopus citations


This chapter describes the principles of planetary radar, and the primary scientific discoveries that have been made using this technique. The chapter starts by describing the different types of radar systems and how they are used to acquire images and accurate topography of planetary surfaces and probe their subsurface structure. It then explains how these products can be used to understand the properties of the target being investigated. Several examples of discoveries made with planetary radar are then summarized, covering solar system objects from Mercury to Saturn. Finally, opportunities for future discoveries in planetary radar are outlined and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Solar System
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780124158450
ISBN (Print)9780124160347
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Planetary geology
  • Planetary science
  • Radar
  • Remote sensing
  • SAR
  • Synthetic aperture radar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Engineering


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