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Group of Planetary Science

General Introduction (More information: http://pds.wh.sdu.edu.cn/)

As a highly interdisciplinary field, planetary science studies celestial bodies in our solar system such as planets, moons, asteroids, comets and geologic processes involved in their formations. In the early 21st century, more and more international planetary missions (from NASA, ESA, JAXA, ISRO, etc.) have been announced, leading to another high tide of planetary explorations after US Apollo and Soviet Luna missions. There are also great opportunities for the planetary science researches in China, since Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) (from Chang'E-1 to Chang'E-3) led by CNSA has achieved many successes and will send Chang'E-5 and Chang'E-4 in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Moreover, China plans to explore Mars with an orbiter and a rover by 2020.

Our group focuses on planetary remote sensing and spectroscopic studies. The remote sensing researches are conducted using data returned by Chinese and international planetary exploration missions. On the other hand, we also conduct spectroscopic and mineralogical studies of meteorites and planetary analogs in lab, combined with remote sensing studies to interpret the formation and evolution of planetary bodies (with emphasis on the Moon and Mars).

Major research interests of our group include: (1) Compositional remote sensing of the Moon and Mars; (2) Laboratory analogue studies of martian hydrated minerals; (3) Geochemical and mineralogical analysis of lunar meteorites; (4) Geological evolution, surface processes and environmental changes of planetary bodies; (5) Planetary Raman and LIBS spectroscopy, etc.


Laser Raman Spectrometer (Renishaw inVia plus)


Planetary Environmental Chamber in Shandong University


Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Zongcheng Ling

(In English: http://enpds.wh.sdu.edu.cn/show.jsp?aId=2536&classID=1328251099992636

 In Chinese: http://pds.wh.sdu.edu.cn/show.jsp?aId=2536&classID=1328251099992636)

Team members (3 guest professors, 1 associate professor, 2 lecturers, 1 laboratory technician and 5 graduate students)

Guest professorsProf. Alian Wang, Prof. Bradley L. Jolliff, Prof. Jianzhong Liu

Associate professor: Dr. Zhongchen Wu

Lecturers: Dr. Jiang Zhang, Dr. Bo Li

Laboratory technician: Mr. Yuheng Ni

Graduate students: Lingzhi Sun, Jian Chen, Changqing Liu, Weijie Xu, Xiangyu Bi


GROUP PHOTOS (with Prof.Wang and Mr.Yan from WUSTL)

 Main Research Grants:

  • Laboratory Analogs and Remote Sensing Studies of Martian Hydrated Sulfates, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2015-2018.

  • Lunar and Planetary Science, Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province, 2015-2018.

  • Geologic Mapping of the Moon, National Science and Technology Infrastructure Work Projects, 2015-2020.

Selected Publications (2015-2016)

[1] Ling Z.C., Jolliff B.L., Wang A., et al., 2015. Correlated compositional and mineralogical investigations at the Chang'e-3 landing site. Nat Commun 6:8880.
[2] Ling Z., Wang A., 2015. Spatial distributions of secondary minerals in the Martian meteorite MIL 03346,168 determined by Raman spectroscopic imaging. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 120, 2015JE004805.
[3] Wu Z., Wang A., Ling Z., 2016. Spectroscopic study of perchlorates and other oxygen chlorides in a Martian environmental chamber. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 452, 123-132.
[4] Ling Z., Cao F., Ni Y., Wu Z., Zhang J., Li B., 2016. Correlated analysis of chemical variations with spectroscopic features of the K–Na jarosite solid solutions relevant to Mars. Icarus 271, 19-29.
[5] Sun L., Ling Z., Zhang J., et al., 2016. Lunar iron and optical maturity mapping: Results from partial least squares modeling of Chang'E-1 IIM data. Icarus.(in press)
[6] Chen J., Ling Z., Li B., Zhang J., Sun L., Liu J., 2016. Abundance and distribution of radioelements in lunar terranes: Results of Chang’E-1 gamma ray spectrometer data. Advances in Space Research 57, 919-927.
[7] Li B., Wang X., Zhang J., Chen J., Ling Z., 2016. Lunar textural analysis based on WAC-derived kilometer-scale roughness and entropy maps. Planetary and Space Science 125, 62-71.
[8] Li B., Wang X., Zhang J., et al., 2016. The relative and absolute age determination of rilles in southwest Aristarchus region. Planetary and Space Science 124, 84-93.
[9] Li, B., Ling Z.C., Zhang J., et al. Geochronology, petrogenesis and geological significance of the lunar basalts around CE-3 landing site. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 2016, 32(1): 19-28.
[10] Ling Z.C., Zhang J., Liu J.Z., et al., 2016. Lunar global FeO and TiO2 mapping based on the recalibrated Chang'E-1 IIM dataset. Acta Petrologica Sinica 32, 87-98.
[11] Zhang J., Ling Z.C., Li, B., et al., Photometric behaviors and classification of Reiner Gamma swirl materials. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 2016, 32(1): 113-118.
[12] Sun L.Z., Ling Z.C., Zhang J., Li B., Guo D.J., 2016. Radiative transfer modeling of lunar mafic minerals: A case study in Chang ' E-3 landing region. Acta Petrologica Sinica 32, 43-52.
[13] Sun L.Z., Ling Z.C., 2015, Partial Least Squares Modeling of Lunar Surface FeO Content with Clementine Ultraviolet-Visible Images, Planetary Exploration and Science: Recent Results and Advances, Springer Geophysics, doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-45052-9__1,1-20.
[14] Zhang J., Ling Z.C., Liu J.Z., 2015, Lunar absolute reflectance as observed by Chang’E-1 Imaging Interferometer. Science China Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy, 58(8), 1-6.
[15] Li, B., Ling Z.C., Zhang J., et al., 2015, Automatic Detection and Boundary Extraction of Lunar Craters Based on LOLA DEM Data. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 1-11.
[16] Li, B., Ling Z.C., Zhang J., et al., 2015,Texture descriptions of lunar surface derived from LOLA data: Kilometer-scale roughness and entropy maps. Planetary and Space Science.117, 303-311.

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