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Vertical Distribution of Water at PhoenixPhoenix results, combined with coordinated observations from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the Phoenix lander site, indicate that the water vapor is nonuniform (i.e., not well mixed) up to a calculated cloud condensation level. It is important to understand the mixing profile of water vapor because (a) the assumption of a well-mixed atmosphere up to a cloud condensation level is common in retrievals of column water abundances which are in turn used to understand the seasonal and interannual behavior of water, (b) there is a long history of observations and modeling that conclude both that water vapor is and is not well-mixed, and some studies indicate that the water vapor vertical mixing profile may, in fact, change with season and location, (c) the water vapor in the lowest part of the atmosphere is the reservoir that can exchange with the regolith and higher amounts may have an impact on the surface chemistry, and (d) greater water vapor abundances close to the surface may enhance surface exchange thereby reducing regional transport, which in turn has implications to the net transport of water vapor over seasonal and annual timescales.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Tamppari, L. K.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lemmon, M. T.
(Texas A&M Univ. College Station, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
April 30, 2015
Publication Date
September 12, 2011
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Meeting Information
International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration(Fairbanks, AK)
Distribution Limits
water vapors
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