Angelats i Coll, M.; Forget, F.; Hourdin, F.; Wanherdrick, Y.; López-Valverde, M.A.; González-Galindo, F.; Read, P.L. and Lewis, S.R.
Towards a global model of the martian atmosphere.
In: First International Workshop on Mars atmosphere modelling and observations, 13-15 Jan 2003, Granada, Spain.
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In an effort to continuously improve the capabilities of the Martian atmospheric predictions at LMD, the GCM has been extended into thermospheric heights thus creating the first model to self-consistently couple the lower and upper
regions of the Martian atmosphere. The behaviour of
the Martian thermosphere is strongly influenced by
lower atmospheric processes and has complex dynamics.
Such a fully coupled model will certainly aid in the preparation of future missions and on the analysis of future high altitude data, as well as serve as a base for the simulation of ionospheric processes, escape, etc.
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