Ruijin Ma, Ph.D.
Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.
As technology advances, our determination to explore our solar system intensifies. Io is Jupiter’s fourth largest moon and is continuously experiencing gravitational pulls between Jupiter and the other large moons. The friction results in tidal heating which causes Io to be the most geologically active body in our solar system, with over four hundred volcanoes and a surface that is constantly changing. Io confirms that Earth is not the only body in our solar system with an active core. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can provide an insight to how rapidly the moon’s surface is truly changing. With the help of satellite images from the New Horizon satellite, and GIS technology, georeferencing Io’s surface can allow further research on the celestial body. The project goals were to create a custom conversion tool to allow the images to be viewed in a GIS platform, conducting an analysis on various transformation methods, and conducting a principal components analysis tool to detect possible surface changes.
Burris, M. E. (2011). Geo-referencing Imagery on Jupiter’s Moon, Io (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/15