Toward an understanding of the structure of jupiter s atmosphere using the ammonia distribution and the transformed eulerian mean theory

Sukyoung Lee, Yohai Kaspi

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Abstract

The structure and stability of Jupiter s atmosphere is analyzed using transformed Eulerian mean (TEM) theory. Utilizing the ammonia distribution derived from microwave radiometer measurements of the Juno orbiter, the latitudinal and vertical distribution of the vertical velocity in the interior of Jupiter s atmosphere is inferred. The resulting overturning circulation is then interpreted in the TEM framework to offer speculation of the vertical and meridional temperature distribution. At midlatitudes, the analyzed vertical velocity field shows Ferrel-cell-like patterns associated with each of the jets.Ascaling analysis of theTEMoverturning circulation equation suggests that in order for the Ferrel-cell-like patterns to be visible in the ammonia distribution, the static stability of Jupiter s weather layer should be on the order of 13 1022 s21. At low latitudes, the ammonia distribution suggests strong upward motion, which is reminiscent of the rising branch of the Hadley cell where the static stability is weaker. Taken together, the analysis suggests that the temperature lapse rate in the midlatitudes is markedly smaller than that in the low latitudes. Because the cloud-Top temperature is nearly uniform across all latitudes, the analysis suggests that in the interior of the weather layer, there could exist a temperature gradient between the low-and midlatitude regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2047-2056
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume78
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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