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Vertical distribution of water at Phoenix

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dc.contributor.author Tamppari, L. K.
dc.contributor.author Lemmon, M. T.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-17T21:09:45Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-17T21:09:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-12
dc.identifier.citation 5th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration, Fairbanks, Alaska, September 12, 2011. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 11-2520
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/43901
dc.description.abstract Phoenix results, combined with coordinated observations from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the Phoenix lander site, indicate that the water vapor is nonuniform (i.e., not well mixed) up to a calculated cloud condensation level [1]. It is important to understand the mixing profile of water vapor because (a) the assumption of a well-mixed atmosphere up to a cloud condensation level is common in retriev-als of column water abundances which are in turn used to understand the seasonal and interannual behavior of water, (b) there is a long history of observations and modeling that conclude both that water vapor is and is not well-mixed, and some studies indicate that the water vapor vertical mixing profile may, in fact, change with season and location, (c) the water vapor in the lowest part of the atmosphere is the reservoir that can exchange with the regolith and higher amounts may have an impact on the surface chemistry, and (d) greater water vapor abundances close to the surface may enhance surface exchange thereby reducing regional transport, which in turn has implications to the net transport of water vapor over seasonal and annual timescales. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2011. en_US
dc.subject Mars en_US
dc.subject water vapors en_US
dc.subject Phoenix en_US
dc.title Vertical distribution of water at Phoenix en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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