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Uranus atmospheric dynamics and circulationThe observations, models, and theories relevant to the atmospheric dynamics and meteorology of Uranus are discussed. The available models for the large-scale heat transport and atmospheric dynamics as well as diagnostic interpretations of the Voyager data are reviewed. Some pertinent ideas and questions regarding the global circulation balance are considered, partly in comparison with other planetary atmospheres. The available data indicate atmospheric rotation at midlatitudes nearly 200 m/s faster than that of the planetary magnetic field. Analysis of the dynamical deformation of the shape and size of isobaric surfaces measured by the Voyager radio-occultation experiment suggests a subrotating equator at comparable altitudes. Infrared temperature retrievals above the cloud deck indicate a smaller equator-to-pole contrast than expected for purely radiative-convective equilibrium, but show local variations implying a latitudinally correlated decrease with altitude in the cloud-tracked wind.
Document ID
19920036084
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Allison, Michael (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies New York, United States)
Beebe, Reta F. (New Mexico State University Las Cruces, United States)
Conrath, Barney J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Hinson, David P. (Stanford University CA, United States)
Ingersoll, Andrew P. (California Institute of Technology Pasadena, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
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