Special Issue "Remote Sensing Observations of the Giant Planets"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Imke de Pater
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Guest Editor
Department of Astronomy and Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Interests: astronomy; planetary science; adaptive optics and radio observations of giant planets, their rings and satellites
Dr. Yamila Miguel
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Guest Editor
1. SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Sorbonnelaan 2, NL-3584 CA Utrecht, The Netherlands
2. Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden, Niels Bohrweg 2, 2333CA Leiden, The Netherlands
Interests: astronomy, planetary science, interiors and atmospheres of the giant planets in our solar system and exoplanets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

General interest in giant planets has increased in recent years with current, recent, and (potential) future missions, and above all because these planets provide nearby examples of the ever-growing number of exoplanets. With the potential to soon be able to characterize a large number of exoplanets, it is becoming ever so important to understand the make-up and evolution of the planets in our own Solar System. With recent advances in remote sensing techniques using premier telescopes, state-of-the-art instruments, and unique remote sensing capabilities from recent missions, we focus in this Special Issue of Remote Sensing on observations of giant planets across the electromagnetic spectrum. Together, these data paint a picture of the giant planets from their interiors up to their outermost atmospheric layers. In this issue, we will compare and contrast the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn with the smaller ice giants Uranus and Neptune. We will also compare our detailed knowledge of solar system giants with the large amount of data coming from giant exoplanets and the prospects for this field in the near future. Review contributions are welcomed, as well as papers describing new observations and analyses.

Dr. Imke de Pater
Dr. Yamila Miguel
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Giant planets
  • Interior structure
  • Atmospheric composition
  • Global dynamics
  • Vortex dynamics
  • Solar system and exoplanets

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Preliminary title/topic: Deep Atmospheres of the Giant Planets Revealed through Radio Observations
Lead-author: Imke de Pater

Preliminary title/topic:  Interior Structure
Lead-author: Yamila Miguel

Preliminary title/topic:  The Spatial Variation of Water Clouds, NH3, and H2O on Jupiter Using Keck Data at 5 Microns
Authors: Gordon Bjoraker

Preliminary title/topic:  Mid-Infrared Observations of the Giant Planets
Lead-author: Michael Roman,

Preliminary title/topic:  Comparing Giant Planet Atmospheres - Dynamics and Variability from HST and Adaptive Optics Imaging
Lead-author: Amy Simon

Preliminary title/topic:  The Aurorae, Ionospheres and Upper Atmospheres of the Giant Planets
Lead-author: Thomas Stallard

Preliminary title/topic:  The Interior Dynamics of Giant Planets: the Fast and the Slow
Lead-author: Hao Cao

Preliminary title/topic:  Dynamics of Troposphere/Convection/Plumes
Lead-author: Csaba Palotai

Preliminary title/topic:  Vortex Dynamics
Lead-author: Philip Marcus

Preliminary title/topic:  Examining Exoplanet Atmospheres
Authors: Hannah Wakeford

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