DPS Meeting, Madison, October 1998
Session 30. Jupiter I
Contributed Oral Parallel Session, Wednesday, October 14, 1998, 2:00-3:20pm, Madison Ballroom D

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[30.05] A 2-D model of C2H6 in the Jovian Stratosphere

Y. T. Lee, M. A. Allen, A. J. Friedson, R. A. West (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Investigating the parameters controlling transport in Jovian stratosphere is important for understanding sources and sinks of aerosols in the upper atmosphere of this giant planet. Since C2H6 is the most abundant and stable hydrocarbon in the Jovian stratosphere, we use the Caltech/JPL 2-D photochemical model to treat C2H6 as a tracer of dynamical processes. For non-dissipative motion, we adopt the advection by the residual circulation derived from West et al. (1992). Horizontal and vertical diffusive transport by large-scale quasi-geostrophic eddies are included as free parameters in determining the tracer motions. The observation of zonally averaged mixing ratios of C2H6 by the University of Texas infrared echelle spectrometer shows enhancement of C2H6 in the northern polar region. Therefore, enhanced downward fluxes of C2H6 at the upper boundary in the polar regions are treated as another parameter in this model because of the possible formation of hydrocarbons in the ionosphere by auroral chemistry. Comparisons between our model calculations and the observed C2H6 zonal mean distribution provide constraints on meridional diffusive transport, vertical transport, and the formation rate of hydrocarbons in upper atmosphere of Jupiter by auroral chemistry.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: ytl@mercu1.gps.caltech.edu

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