DPS 2001 meeting, November 2001
Session 44. Mars Atmosphere III: Aeronomy
Oral, Chair: M. Mendillo, Friday, November 30, 2001, 11:30am-12:30pm, Regency GH

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[44.06] Waves in the Martian upper atmosphere: A study with the LMD General Circulation Model

M. Angelats i Coll, F. Forget, F. Hourdin, O. Talagrand, J. Wanherdrick (LMD, Universite de Paris), S.R. Lewis, P.L. Read (AOPP, University of Oxford), M.A. Lopez-Valverde, Initials Last name (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Granada)

Study of martian upper atmosphere waves is performed with the use of the General Circulation Model developed jointly by LMD (Paris), AOPP (Oxford) and IAA (Granada). The model extends to approximately 120 km and includes non-LTE effects for the higher regions. Simulations under different conditions are used to establish the relevance of certain effects, like in situ NIR thermal forcing in the upper atmosphere, on the wave structure at those heights. Comparisons with data obtained from the accelerometer on board of the Mars Global Surveyor are then analysed.

This research was funded under CNES and ESTEC Contract 11369/95/NL/JG

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: malmd@lmd.jussieu.fr

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