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Eddy mixing coefficient upper limit derived from the photochemical balance of O2This work is based on the study of the photochemical balance of molecular oxygen in the martian atmosphere by using a one-dimensional model of photochemical reactions involving species derived from CO2 and H2O. The model is basically similar to one used previously for the study of the regulation of CO on a global scale, but the chemical rates are taken from another source. In the present scheme, the regulation of molecular oxygen is studied over timescales of the order of its photochemical lifetime (approximately equals 30 yr), which is much shorter than typical escape timescales. Thus, the escape fluxes are fixed to the values given by 3 and 4. We examine the calculated equilibrium abundances of O2 for given thermal, eddy diffusion coefficients and H2O profiles. The thermal profile is taken from in the lower atmosphere. At higher levels, in order to include the diurnal and seasonal thermal profile variability, we have also used the IRTM data. In order to study the influence of both temperature and pressure profiles on the O2 mixing ratio, we have made several tests corresponding to different martian seasons. The results show that the influence of pressure and temperature is quantitatively weak compared to the one of K and of the water vapor density (H2O). Thus, in the following we have fixed the pressure at the surface to a value of 7 mbar and we have used unique standard thermal profile corresponding to a profile roughly averaged over the year, the season, and the day: T equal 205 K at 0 km altitude, 175 K at 25 km, and 145 K at 50 km.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Rosenqvist, J.
(Observatoire de Paris-Meudon France)
Chassefiere, E.
(Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Verrieres-Le Buisson, France)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Workshop on Atmospheric Transport on Mars
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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