Special Issue "VNIR-TIR Spectroscopy: How Reflectance and Emissivity of Minerals, Rocks and Meteorites Can Help Planetary Exploration"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 September 2022 | Viewed by 238

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Cristian Carli
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Guest Editor
Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology, National Institute of Astrophysics, Rome, Italy
Interests: planetary sciences; spectroscopy; meteorites; petrology; volanology
Dr. Kerri Donaldson-Hanna
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Guest Editor
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PU, UK
Interests: remote sensing of planetary surfaces; laboratory spectroscopy; airless planetary bodies; planetary analogue samples
Dr. Giulia Alemanno
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Guest Editor
Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin, Germany
Interests: planetary spectroscopy; laboratory spectroscopy; planetary surfaces and atmopsheres

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The analysis of hyperspectral remote sensing observations from orbiting spacecraft and rovers in recent decades has improved our knowledge about the different bodies in our solar system. Visible to near-infrared as well as thermal infrared spectroscopy enables the mapping of surface compositions of the different planetary surfaces, through the detection of rock-forming minerals as well as secondary mineralogies, and highlights the different molecular species in planetary atmospheres. Moreover, future explorations will likely involve these techniques in situ robotic or human exploration with higher-spatial resolution data. Each solar system object has its specifics, including temperature, atmospheric pressure and composition and exposition level to solar and galactic energetic particles. For these reasons, past and future explorations, both from orbit and in situ, need the support of laboratory activities involving different types of spectroscopic techniques, sample characterization and the integration of different datasets.

Manuscripts on experimental works, data analysis and modeling of laboratory data applying different techniques, as well as the integration of reflectance or emissivity data with other datasets, aiming to characterize the investigated materials are solicited. This Special Issue will provide the scientific community with works looking for new approaches to the investigation of the composition and weathering of minerals, and their mixtures, and rock analogs, as well as meteorites, focusing on the present and future goals of understanding the surface composition of planetary bodies using reflectance and emissivity.

Dr. Cristian Carli
Dr. Kerri Donaldson-Hanna
Dr. Giulia Alemanno
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • reflectance
  • emissivity
  • analogs
  • meteorites
  • surface composition
  • planetary geology
  • experimental planetology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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