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Super-rotating jets in a re-analysis of the martian atmosphere

Lewis, S. R.; Read, P. L.; Ruan, T. and Montabone, L. (2012). Super-rotating jets in a re-analysis of the martian atmosphere. In: European Planetary Science Congress, 23-28 September 2012, Madrid.

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Strong westerly, prograde jets have been identified in the martian atmosphere between about 10–20 km altitude throughout much of the year in a Mars Global Circulation Model (MGCM) study [2]. The development of data assimilation techniques for Mars [3, 5] now permits the analysis of super-rotation in less highly idealized cases using an atmospheric reanalysis, as would be done for the Earth. This paper reviews recent atmospheric reanalyses, in order to validate previous modeling results, to quantify jet amplitudes and to diagnose possible mechanisms supplying angular momentum to the jets.

[2] Lewis, S. R., and Read, P. L.: Equatorial jets in the dusty martian atmosphere, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 108 (E4), 5034, pp. 1–15, 2003.
[3] Lewis, S. R., Read, P. L., Conrath, B. J., Pearl, J. C., and Smith, M. D.: Assimilation of Thermal Emission Spectrometer atmospheric data during the Mars Global Surveyor aerobraking period, Icarus, Vol. 192 (2), pp. 327–347, 2007.
[5] Montabone, L., Lewis, S. R., Read, P. L., Hinson, D. P., Validation of Martian meteorological data assimilation for MGS/TES using radio occultation measurements, Icarus Vol. 185 (1), pp. 113–132, 2006.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
Extra Information: EPSC Abstracts, Vol. 7 EPSC2012-570-1 2012
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 35426
Depositing User: Stephen Lewis
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 09:56
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 17:24
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