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Barbara and Del Genio 2020

Barbara, J.M., and A.D. Del Genio, 2020: Tropopause and lower stratosphere winds and eddy fluxes on Saturn as seen by Cassini imaging. Icarus, 354, 114095, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2020.114095.

An automated cloud feature tracking algorithm is applied to 2004 Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem images of Saturn's southern hemisphere and equatorial region (5°N-70°S) in continuum, methane band, and ultraviolet filters to derive zonal wind profiles and eddy momentum fluxes from the middle troposphere cloud tops to the lower stratosphere. Zonal winds in the eastward and westward jets decrease in strength from the cloud tops (≳ 1 bar) to the upper troposphere (∼60-600 mb), but do not measurably change in strength from the upper troposphere to the tropopause (∼60 mb) to the lower stratosphere (≲ 60 mb). A narrow (∼3°N-3°S) equatorial jet is detected at the cloud tops, but a previously reported strengthening of this jet from the cloud top level to the upper troposphere/tropopause region cannot be verified due to an absence of easily trackable features at the equator and conflicting results for the few features available. Eddy momentum fluxes on either side of the jet cores outside the tropics (poleward of ∼20°S) converge into the eastward jets and diverge from the westward jets. Whether the flux convergence into the eastward jets weakens from the visible cloud level to the upper troposphere cannot be determined for this limited time period, but the eddy convergence appears to increase from the troposphere to the lower stratosphere. The divergence of the eddy flux from the westward jets seems to more clearly increase from the middle to the upper troposphere to the stratosphere, but this does not explain the slight weakening of the westward jets with height.

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@article{ba05600n,
  author={Barbara, J. M. and Del Genio, A. D.},
  title={Tropopause and lower stratosphere winds and eddy fluxes on Saturn as seen by Cassini imaging},
  year={2020},
  journal={Icarus},
  volume={354},
  pages={114095},
  doi={10.1016/j.icarus.2020.114095},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - ba05600n
AU  - Barbara, J. M.
AU  - Del Genio, A. D.
PY  - 2020
TI  - Tropopause and lower stratosphere winds and eddy fluxes on Saturn as seen by Cassini imaging
JA  - Icarus
VL  - 354
SP  - 114095
DO  - 10.1016/j.icarus.2020.114095
ER  -

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