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Climatology of the Residual Mean Circulation of the Martian Atmosphere and Contributions of Resolved and Unresolved Waves Based on EMARS
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  • Anzu Asumi,
  • Kaoru Sato,
  • Masashi Kohma,
  • Yoshi-Yuki Hayashi
Anzu Asumi
The University of Tokyo

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Kaoru Sato
The University of Tokyo
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Masashi Kohma
University of Tokyo
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Yoshi-Yuki Hayashi
Kobe University
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The objective of this study was to examine both the climatology of the residual mean circulation, and the roles of resolved wave (RW) and unresolved wave (UW) forcings over four Mars years, based on the transformed Eulerian mean equation system using the EMARS reanalysis dataset. While RW forcing was estimated directly as Eliassen–Palm flux divergence, the forcing by UWs, including subgrid-scale gravity waves, was estimated indirectly using the zonal momentum equation. This indirect method, devised originally for study of Earth’s middle atmosphere, is applicable to latitudinal regions having angular momentum isopleths connected from the surface to the top of the atmosphere, which are usually mid- and high-latitude regions. In low latitudes of the winter hemisphere, a strong residual mean poleward flow is observed at an altitude range of 40–80 km, where the latitudinal gradient of the absolute angular momentum is small. The strong poleward flow crosses the isopleths of angular momentum in the regions of its northern and southern ends, indicating the necessity of the wave forcing. Our results suggest that the structure of the residual mean circulation at mid- and high-latitude regions is largely determined by UW forcing, particularly above the altitude of 60 km, whereas the RW contribution is also large below the altitude of 60 km.
28 Sep 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
28 Sep 2023Published in ESS Open Archive