Modelling the Gas Giants' atmospheres

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Modelling the Gas Giants' atmospheres

Post #1by Fenerit » 05.04.2011, 01:48

From this paper: OBSERVATIONS AND MODELS OF THE GENERAL CIRCULATION OF JUPITER AND SATURN, I'm trying to sketch the deep and the shallow circulation of the gas giants' atmosphere.
Briefly: following the screendump below, I wonder whether is plausible and comprensible to "visualize" the movements of the hurricanes in such a manner. They should be generated where the columns within the counter-rotating cylinders(jets) are tangents amongst cylinders but then they would runs along the jets, hence their (supposed by me) "shifts" . Any suggestion and links are welcome, since the paper is too much "numeric" to answer to such unauthorized request.

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Re: Modelling the Gas Giants' atmospheres

Post #2by Aphyle2007 » 05.04.2011, 03:08

Fenrit,

I personally think that is is one of the cooler elements of understanding counter-rotating elements of gas-giant atmospheres. It not only explains the circulation, but also the magnetohydrodynamics of the magnetic fields, especially when the circulating material is liquid metallic hydrogen. It might also help to explain the weird hexagonal storm configuration at the north pole of Saturn.

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Re: Modelling the Gas Giants' atmospheres

Post #3by Fenerit » 05.04.2011, 04:06

The paper presents itself as one "state of the art" in that matters, being it not more exaustive works on the subject. The authors were using computers simulations to investigate patterns of moviments and turbolences. Such cylinders are supposed not penetrates the helium shell around the core, although reserve is made for the actual cross-on, named "teleconvection". The paper is of 2001, so it doesn't deal with the "hexagon"; unfortunately, several PDFs on the subject are not free.
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