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The ISSI international study team on the martian PBL – status report and plan

By A. Petrosyan, B. Galperin, K. Gundersson, S. Larsen, S. Lewis, P. Read, N. Renno, M. Richardson, P. Rogberg, H. Savijärvi, K. Seiferlin, T. Siili, N. Thomas and A. Toigo


Dynamical processes in the Martian boundary layer provide the means of communication between surface ice deposits and the free atmosphere, and the means of lifting dust from the surface. The boundary layer is therefore one of the most important components of the Martian climate system. The Martian boundary layer differs from that of the Earth in that it is more strongly forced, it is deeper, and the relative importance of radiative and convective heat fluxes in the lower boundary layer can be quite different. In order to understand the Martian boundary layer, a combination of theoretical, modeling and observational studies are necessary. Interactions between theorists, modelers, and observational scientists are needed to make progress and to provide a basis for analysis of data expected from Phoenix, Mars Science Laboratory, ExoMars and other future landed missions (such as a surface network mission), or missions such as balloons or other aircraft operating in the neutral atmosphere. The prime goal of this project under the auspices of the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) is to review and assess the current knowledge and understanding of Martian planetary boundary layer and its interactions with the surface and free atmosphere. We aim to promote international communication and collaboration to enhance the rate of acquisition of knowledge and understanding. This will be achieved through an International Study Team and publication of overview papers and individual reports on recent advances in this area

Year: 2008
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