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Allison et al. 1995

Allison, M., A.D. Del Genio, and W. Zhou, 1995: Richardson number constraints for the Jupiter and outer planet wind regime. Geophys. Res. Lett., 21, 2957-2960, doi:10.1029/95GL02818.

Present theories of the dynamics of the outer planet atmospheres are limited by the absence of direct observations of the wind and temperature layering below their visible clouds decks. We show that if the potential vorticity is assumed to be small at low latitudes, the cloud-tracked wind measurements of the equatorial flow on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune can be used to constrain their vertical stratification at depper levels. A Richardson number between 1.2 and 4 is indicated for all the giant planets, which at their rapid rotation implies a much more vertical isentropic structure at these levels than is realized in the terrestrial atmospheres. These conditions signify the likely presence of a unique but as yet unstudied regime for the jovian meteorology, illustrated by a new "Richardson-Rossby" diagram for comparative planetary circulations. The Jupiter case will be directly tested by the Galileo atmospheric entry probe.

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  author={Allison, M. and Del Genio, A. D. and Zhou, W.},
  title={Richardson number constraints for the Jupiter and outer planet wind regime},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},

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RIS Citation

ID  - al03000u
AU  - Allison, M.
AU  - Del Genio, A. D.
AU  - Zhou, W.
PY  - 1995
TI  - Richardson number constraints for the Jupiter and outer planet wind regime
JA  - Geophys. Res. Lett.
JO  - Geophysical Research Letters
VL  - 21
SP  - 2957
EP  - 2960
DO  - 10.1029/95GL02818
ER  -

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