Wave Coupling and Nonlinear Interactions in the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars

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Jeffrey M. Forbes http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6937-0796


This paper reviews recent progress on the topic of vertical wave coupling in the atmospheres of Earth and Mars with particular emphasis on (1) nonlinear interactions between planetary waves and solar thermal tides, and on (2) identifying the secondary waves produced by such interactions in satellite-based observations.  The secondary waves produce temporal and longitudinal variability that would not otherwise exist in the absence of wave-wave interactions, and thus add to the complexity of atmospheric dynamics at both planets. At Earth, this has implications for re-entry predictions and ionospheric variability, which translates to loss of integrity in communications, navigation and tracking systems. At Mars, atmospheric density predictions in support of aerobraking operations are impacted.

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FORBES, Jeffrey M.. Wave Coupling and Nonlinear Interactions in the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars. Quarterly Physics Review, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, oct. 2017. ISSN 2572-701X. Available at: <http://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/qpr/article/view/1439>. Date accessed: 23 mar. 2018.
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