Thursday 21 May 2020: Polar Vortices on Terrestrial Planets
Prof. Darryn W. Waugh - John Hopkins University
Online - contact A. Hillier for webinar link 14:30-15:30
A common feature of the atmospheres of terrestrial planets, including Earth, Mars, Venus and Titan, is the existence of polar vortices (strong circumpolar winds at mid- and high latitudes). These polar vortices often the location of unique chemical and dynamical processes, but there have been limited studies of the dynamics of the polar vortices on planets other than Earth. I will discuss a series of studies examining the dynamics of polar vortices on (modern and paleo) Mars, Titan, and hypothetical planets with a wide range of rotation rates and obliquities.