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The meteorological signatures of dust devils on Mars

Ringrose, T. J.; Patel, M. R.; Towner, M. C.; Balme, M.; Metzger, S. M. and Zarnecki, J. C. (2007). The meteorological signatures of dust devils on Mars. Planetary And Space Science, 55(14) pp. 2151–2163.

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This paper describes a method for identifying martian dust devils and convective vortices in meteorological data. We have combined analysis of terrestrial dust devil fieldwork, re-analysis of martian meteorological data and laboratory experiments to explore fully the meteorological signature of dust devils. Both martian and terrestrial dust devils have similar characteristics implying a common formation mechanism. Terrestrial fieldwork therefore provides vital data that can be used to aid in the identification of their martian counterparts. Finally, a martian surface instrument package is suggested that will best detect dust devils and convective vortices without the need for visual confirmation.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0032-0633
Keywords: Mars; Dust; Dust devils; Meteorology; Saltation; Dust storm;
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 12432
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2008 08:24
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:15
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