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Allison and Stone 1983

Allison, M., and P.H. Stone, 1983: Saturn meteorology: A diagnostic assessment of thin-layer configurations for the zonal flow. Icarus, 54, 296-308, doi:10.1016/0019-1035(83)90199-9.

Voyager imaging, infrared, and radio observations for Saturn have been recently interpreted by Smith et al. (1982) as an indication that the jet streams observed at the cloud tops extend to depths greater than the 104-bar level. This analysis assumes a maximum latitudinal temperature contrast of a few percent, a mean atmospheric rotation rate at a depth given by Saturn's ratio period, and no variation with latitude of the bottom pressure level for the zonal flow system. These assumptions are not, however, firmly constrained by observation. The diagnostic analysis of plausible alternative configurations for Saturn's atmospheric structure demonstrates that a thin weather layer system (confined at mid to high atitudes to levels above 200 bar) cannot be excluded by any of the available observations. A quantitative estimate of the effects of moisture condensation (including the differentiation of mean molecular weight) suggests that these might provide the buoyancy contrasts necessary to support a thin-layer flow provided that Saturn's outer envelope is enriched approximately 10 times in water abundance relative to a solar composition atmosphere and strongly differentiated with latitude at the condensation level.

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@article{al08100v,
  author={Allison, M. and Stone, P. H.},
  title={Saturn meteorology: A diagnostic assessment of thin-layer configurations for the zonal flow},
  year={1983},
  journal={Icarus},
  volume={54},
  pages={296--308},
  doi={10.1016/0019-1035(83)90199-9},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - al08100v
AU  - Allison, M.
AU  - Stone, P. H.
PY  - 1983
TI  - Saturn meteorology: A diagnostic assessment of thin-layer configurations for the zonal flow
JA  - Icarus
VL  - 54
SP  - 296
EP  - 308
DO  - 10.1016/0019-1035(83)90199-9
ER  -

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