SHARAD Radargrams

SHARAD (SHAllow RADar sounder) Radargram functionality is now in JMARS. SHARAD data comes from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. MRO sends radar pings to the surface of mars to get the reflection of surface and subsurface layers. This tutorial will show the steps to view a radiogram and how to draw horizons.


Step 1: Opening JMARS, Navigate to an area of interest. For this tutorial, we will be located at the North Pole.

    • Double-click the JMARS icon on your desktop to open JMARS.
    • Enter your JMARS user name and password. If you do not have a user name and password, follow the instruction under the appropriate "Getting Started" link on the Main Page.
      • At this point, the Layer Manager should only have the MOLA Shaded Relief Layer and the Lat/Lon Layer loaded.
    • In the Lon/Lat box in the upper-left corner of the Viewing Window, enter the coordinates "270E, 90"
      • The Main View should now be centered over the North Pole. Re-project (ctrl + r).
    • In the Layer Manager, click "Add New Layer".
    • Change the first drop down menu to "Instrument" and the drop down menu below it to "SHARAD"
    • Image:sharad_add.png
    • When the "Add SHARAD stamp layer" dialog box opens, either enter the known Image ID or click "MainView" --> Update Search [keep in mind that this may return many SHARAD lines]. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be using ID: S_00588401
    • Double click the SHARAD Layer in your Layer Manager. Make sure the Radargram tab is selected. Also, make sure the Manage Horizons tab is selected.
    • Image:sharad_tab.png


Step 2: Load and view SHARAD Data

    • When the "Add SHARAD stamp layer" dialog box opens, either enter the known Image ID or click "MainView" --> Update Search [keep in mind that this may return many SHARAD lines]. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be using ID: S_00588401
    • Double click the SHARAD Layer in your Layer Manager. Make sure the Radargram tab is selected. Also, make sure the Manage Horizons tab is selected.
    • Image:sharad_tab.png
    • On the SHARAD Stamps Options box, click the "View Full Res" button at the bottom. The Full Resolution window should open.


Step 3: Drawing Horizons

    • Your Full Resolution box should be open. You may notice that a small white box appeared on the SHARAD Stamp Options window. Hold shift down and place your mouse arrow where you would like to draw your horizons.
    • Your full resolution window should now show the area your white box is outlining.
    • You can adjust the window size on the Full Resolution window to see more area.
    • Image:sharad_shift.png
      Image:sharad_shift2.png
    • On the Full Resolution window, the instructions to moving around and drawing horizons are below the image.
    • To draw a horizon: hold shift and click on the full resolution window. Press ESC to remove the last vertex. When you are done with the horizon, double chick your last vertex to end the horizon.
    • After you draw a horizon, you can edit the horizon line thickness so it shows up more. You can also change the color. After you make your edits, click "Update Horizon"

    • Image:sharad_horizons.png

      Step 4: Depth Plot

    • To see the Depth Plot profile. Adjust the yellow line on your Full Resolution window by clicking where you want the line to go.
    • Image:sharad_profileLine.png
    • To load the depth chart, you must click "Load Graph" on the SHARAD Stamps Options window. To view the data, make sure the "Depth Plot" tab is selected instead of "Manage Horizons".

    • Image:sharad_chart.png

      Congratulations! You have finished the SHARAD tutorial!