Special Issue "Modeling and Simulation of Planetary Atmospheres"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Timothy E. Dowling

Atmospheric Science Program, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
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Interests: jet streams; vortices; shear instability; clouds; comparative planetology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We have just successfully finished the first half-century of planetary exploration, and marched confidently into the second, armed with an impressive array of dynamical and chemical models developed to analyze, compare, and understand planetary atmospheres, both inside and outside our solar system.

In recognition of this milestone, the open-access journal Atmosphere is hosting a Special Issue to showcase current planetary atmospheric models, simulation capabilities, and results. With the advent of boots-on-the-ground astronauts on Mars, as well as the planning of unmanned flying platforms, such as drones on Titan and ramjets on Jupiter, this Special Issue is also an appropriate venue for papers that deal with the emerging field of the operational forecasting of planetary atmospheres.

Original results, review papers, and model expositions related to the simulation of planetary atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, both inside and outside our solar system, are all welcome contributions. Authors are encouraged to consider including comparative planetology and model-user accessibility in their discourse whenever appropriate, and to optionally include a section touching on future issues, opportunities, and/or concerns related to their topics, on the 5-, 10-, and 20-year horizons.

The main goals are for this Special Issue to be a useful starting point for students, a valuable snapshot of the overarching field for practitioners, and a means of stimulating model interoperability, multidisciplinary collaborations, and new functionality, across the entire hierarchy, from idealized process modeling, to regional, global, fluid-interior, and whole-atmosphere simulations, to planetary operational forecasting.


Prof. Timothy E. Dowling
Guest Editor

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  • jet streams
  • polar vortices
  • waves
  • clouds and moist processes
  • atmospheric chemistry
  • tenuous atmospheres
  • planetary weather forecasting
  • exoplanet atmospheres
  • comparative planetology

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Response of QIT-MS to Noble Gas Isotopic Ratios in a Simulated Venus Flyby
Atmosphere 2019, 10(5), 232; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10050232
Received: 26 March 2019 / Revised: 26 April 2019 / Accepted: 28 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
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The primary objective of the present study is to investigate the science return of future Venus atmosphere probe mission concepts using the Quadrupole Ion Trap (QIT) Mass Spectrometer (MS) Instrument (QIT-MS-I). We demonstrate the use of Monte-Carlo simulations in determining the optimal ion [...] Read more.
The primary objective of the present study is to investigate the science return of future Venus atmosphere probe mission concepts using the Quadrupole Ion Trap (QIT) Mass Spectrometer (MS) Instrument (QIT-MS-I). We demonstrate the use of Monte-Carlo simulations in determining the optimal ion trapping conditions and focus the analysis on retrieving isotope ratios of noble gases in the model sample of the Venus atmosphere. Sampling takes place at a constant velocity of ~10 km/s between 112–110 km altitude and involves the use of getter pumps to remove all chemically-active species, retaining inert noble gases. The enriched sample is leaked into passively pumped vacuum chamber where it is analyzed by the QIT-MS sensor (QIT-MS-S) for 40 minutes. The simulated mass spectrum, as recorded by the QIT-MS-S, is deconvoluted using random walk algorithm to reveal relative abundances of noble gas isotopes. The required precision and accuracy of the deconvolution method is benchmarked against the a priori known model composition of the atmospheric sample. Full article
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