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.



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.

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