NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
size scales for thermal inhomogeneities in mars' atmosphere surface layer: mars pathfinderAtmospheric temperature measurement at three heights with thin wire thermocouples on the 1.1 m Mars Pathfinder meteorology must allow estimates of the integral scale of the atmospheric thermal turbulence during an 83 sol period that begins in the summer. The integral scale is a measure for regions of perturbations. In turbulent media that roughly characterizes locations where the perturbations are correlated. Excluding some to intervals with violent excursions of the mean temperatures, integral scale values are found that increase relatively rapidly from a few tenths meters or less near down to several meters by mid-morning. During mid-morning, the diurnal and shorter time scale wind direction variations often place the meteorology mast in the thermal wake of the Lander.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Mihalov, John D.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Haberle, Robert M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Seiff, Alvin
(San Jose State Univ. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Murphy, James R.
(New Mexico State Univ. Las Cruces, NM United States)
Schofield, John T.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
DeVincenzi, Donald L.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 31, 2000
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 624-04-04
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.