Martian Dust Devils: When to Watch for Them

Chapman, R. M.; Lewis, S. R.; Balme, M. and Steele, L. J. (2016). Martian Dust Devils: When to Watch for Them. In: UKPF 13th Annual Early Career Scientists' Meetings, 22 Jan 2016, Leicester.


This work investigates surface dust lifting by Martian dust devils within a global-scale computer model, and has revealed unexpected behaviour in the timings of these atmospheric events. This work aims to improve current knowledge of the function played by dust devils in the Martian dust cycle: understanding how dust devils contribute to the dust loading of the Martian atmosphere is key to understanding the planet’s current climate, and to making predictions of the environment that future landers and rovers will encounter.

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