Accession Number : AD0764466

Title :   General Circulation of Jupiter's Atmosphere.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Wooldridge,Francis Rust

Report Date : MAR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : A three-level quasi-geostrophic atmospheric model on a mid-latitude beta-plane with a single wave in the x-direction and a thick lower layer was developed. This model was used to determine the disturbance structure in y for linear interactions with a constant mean wind and nonlinear interactions with a varying mean wind. Simple heating to maintain the mean wind and friction were included in the nonlinear case. The linear experiment produced exponential growth rates in the disturbance field that were independent of the lower layer thickness. These waves were baroclinically unstable. The mean wind field showed large modifications for a Rossby deformation length of 75KM at 104 Jupiter days. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*JUPITER(PLANET), ATMOSPHERIC MOTION), PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES, ATMOSPHERE MODELS, WIND, HEATING, THESES

Subject Categories : Astrophysics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE