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Cloud motions on Venus - Global structure and organizationResults on cloud motions on Venus obtained over a period of 3.5 days from Mariner 10 television images are presented. The implied atmosphere flow is almost zonal everywhere on the visible disk, and is in the same retrograde sense as the solid planet. Objective analysis of motions suggests the presence of jet cores (-130 m/s) and organized atmospheric waves. The longitudinal mean meridional profile of the zonal component of motion of the ultraviolet features shows presence of a midlatitude jet stream (-110 m/s). The mean zonal component is -97 m/s at the equator. The mean meridional motion at most latitudes is directed toward the pole in either hemisphere and is at least an order of magnitude smaller so that the flow is nearly zonal. A tentative conclusion from the limited coverage available from Mariner 10 is that at the level of ultraviolet features mean meridional circulation is the dominant mode of poleward angular momentum transfer as opposed to the eddy circulation.
Document ID
19810060429
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Limaye, S. S. (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Suomi, V. E. (Wisconsin, University Madison, WI, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1981
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume: 38
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGR-50-002-189
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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