Comparison of the Martian thermospheric density and temperature from IUVS/MAVEN data and general circulation modeling
AuthorMedvedev, Alexander S.
Schneider, Nicholas M.
Jain, Sonal K.
Evans, J. Scott
Deighan, Justin I.
McClintock, William E.
Jakosky, Bruce M.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Lunar & Planetary Lab
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PublisherAMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION
CitationComparison of the Martian thermospheric density and temperature from IUVS/MAVEN data and general circulation modeling 2016, 43 (7):3095 Geophysical Research Letters
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
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AbstractNewly released Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph/Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (IUVS/MAVEN) measurements of CO2 density in the Martian thermosphere have been used for comparison with the predictions of the Max Planck Institute Martian General Circulation Model (MPI-MGCM). The simulations reproduced (within one standard deviation) the available zonal mean density and derived temperature above 130 km. The MGCM replicated the observed dominant zonal wave number 3 nonmigrating tide and demonstrated that it represents a nonmoving imprint of the topography in the thermosphere. The comparison shows a great dependence of the simulated density and temperature to the prescribed solar flux, atomic oxygen abundances and gravity wave effects, with the former two being especially important in the thermosphere above 130 km and the latter playing a significant role both in the mesosphere and thermosphere.
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SponsorsIUVS/MAVEN data are archived in the Planetary Atmospheres Node of the Planetary Data System (http://pds-atmospheres.nmsu.edu). Modeling data supporting the figures are available upon request from A.S.M. (firstname.lastname@example.org). The work was partially supported by German Science Foundation (DFG) grant ME2752/3-1. E.Y. was partially supported by NASA grant NNX13AO36G.