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Assimilation of TES data from the Mars Global Surveyor scientifc mapping phase

By L. Montabone, Stephen R. Lewis, Peter L. Read, Barney J. Conrath, John C. Pearl and Michael D. Smith


The Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES)aboard Mars Global Surveyor has produced data which cover almost two Martian years so far (during its scientific mapping phase). Thermal profiles for the atmosphere below 40 km and total dust opacities can be retrieved from TES nadir spectra and assimilated into a Mars general circulation model (MGCM), by using the assimilation techniques described in detail by Lewis et al. (2002). This paper describes some preliminary results from assimilations of temperature data from the period Ls=141°- 270° corresponding to late northern summer until winter solstice on Mars. Work in progress is devoted to assimilate both temperature and total dust opacity data for the full period for which they are already available

Year: 2003
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Provided by: Open Research Online

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