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The Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS): Current Status and Future Directions

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Department of Space Studies, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
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SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
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Atmosphere 2019, 10(12), 747; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10120747
Received: 29 October 2019 / Revised: 15 November 2019 / Accepted: 20 November 2019 / Published: 27 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modeling and Simulation of Planetary Atmospheres)
The Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS) is closing in on two decades of use as a tool to investigate mesoscale and microscale circulations and dynamics in the atmosphere of Mars. Over this period of time, there have been numerous improvements and additions to the model dynamical core, physical parameterizations, and framework. At the same time, the application of the model to Mars (and related code for other planets) has taught many lessons about limitations and cautions that should be exercised. The current state of MRAMS is described along with a review of prior studies and findings utilizing the model. Where appropriate, lessons learned are provided to help guide future users and aid in the design and interpretation of numerical experiments. The paper concludes with a discussion of future MRAMS development plans. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mars; atmosphere; mesoscale; model; dynamics; clouds; dust Mars; atmosphere; mesoscale; model; dynamics; clouds; dust
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Rafkin, S.; Michaels, T. The Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS): Current Status and Future Directions. Atmosphere 2019, 10, 747.

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