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Allison et al. 1991

Allison, M., R.F. Beebe, B.J. Conrath, D.P. Hinson, and A.P. Ingersoll, 1991: Uranus atmospheric dynamics and circulation. In Uranus. J. Bergstralh and E. Miner, Eds. University of Arizona Press, pp. 253-295.

The observations, models, and theories relevant to the atmospheric dynamics and meteorology of Uranus are discussed. The available models for the large-scale heat transport and atmospheric dynamics as well as diagnostic interpretations of the Voyager data are reviewed. Some pertinent ideas and questions regarding the global circulation balance are considered, partly in comparison with other planetary atmospheres. The available data indicate atmospheric rotation at midlatitudes nearly 200 m/s faster than that of the planetary magnetic field. Analysis of the dynamical deformation of the shape and size of isobaric surfaces measured by the Voyager radio-occultation experiment suggests a subrotating equator at comparable altitudes. Infrared temperature retrievals above the cloud deck indicate a smaller equator-to-pole contrast than expected for purely radiative-convective equilibrium, but show local variations implying a latitudinally correlated decrease with altitude in the cloud-tracked wind.

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  author={Allison, M. and Beebe, R. F. and Conrath, B. J. and Hinson, D. P. and Ingersoll, A. P.},
  editor={Bergstralh, J. and Miner, E.},
  title={Uranus atmospheric dynamics and circulation},
  publisher={University of Arizona Press},

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ID  - al06100c
AU  - Allison, M.
AU  - Beebe, R. F.
AU  - Conrath, B. J.
AU  - Hinson, D. P.
AU  - Ingersoll, A. P.
ED  - Bergstralh, J.
ED  - Miner, E.
PY  - 1991
TI  - Uranus atmospheric dynamics and circulation
BT  - Uranus
SP  - 253
EP  - 295
PB  - University of Arizona Press
CY  - Tucson
ER  -

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