UNDER CONSTRUCTION (i.e. more later!!)
My current research uses the NASA Ames Mars General Circulation Model to study the climatic impacts of sudden bursts of water entering onto the surface of Mars (leaving traces like this).This work is done with collaborators Anthony Colaprete and Robert Haberle. There are many hypotheses as to what happened to the water that formed the outflow channels we see today, and our research uses a 3D climate model to quantitatively assess 1) what happened to this released water, and 2) how did it impact the Martian climate at the time. I am still in the beginning stages of this work, but will update this page as my research progresses. In addition to the Ames scientists listed above, I am fortunate enough to have two advisers at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Lisa Sloan, with expertise in climate modeling, and Dr. Erik Asphaug, with expertise in many realms planetary.
Here are two recent abstracts on my research:
Santiago DL, Colaprete A, Haberle RM, Sloan LC, Asphaug EI. Outflow Channels and Martian Climate: General Circulation Model (GCM) Simulations with Emplaced Water and Cloud Physics. Abstract #P13A-0139. AGU, 86(52), Fall Meet. Suppl. (Dec. 2005)
Santiago DL, Colaprete A, Haberle RM, Sloan LC, Asphaug EI. Outflow Channels Influencing Martian Climate: Global Circulation Model Simulations with Emplaced Water. Abstract # 1787. Poster Presentation. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI. Clear Lake, TX (March 2005).