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2005 Nature Publishing Group Simulation of equatorial and high-latitude jets on
 

Summary: © 2005 Nature Publishing Group
Simulation of equatorial and high-latitude jets on
Jupiter in a deep convection model
Moritz Heimpel1
, Jonathan Aurnou2
& Johannes Wicht3
The bands of Jupiter represent a global system of powerful winds.
Broad eastward equatorial jets are flanked by smaller-scale,
higher-latitude jets flowing in alternating directions1,2
. Jupiter's
large thermal emission suggests that the winds are powered from
within3,4
, but the zonal flow depth is limited by increasing density
and electrical conductivity in the molecular hydrogen­helium
atmosphere towards the centre of the planet5
. Two types of
planetary flow models have been explored: shallow-layer models
reproduce multiple high-latitude jets, but not the equatorial flow
system6­8
, and deep convection models only reproduce an east-

  

Source: Aurnou, Jonathan - Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles

 

Collections: Geosciences