A new approach to modelling turbulent planetary circulations


Observations of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans and of other planetary atmospheres have revealed highly dynamic, complex motions over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. One of the most spectacular examples is Jupiter's atmosphere, which consists of dozens of nearly zonal counter-propagating jets of fluid along with a multitude of energetic, interacting eddies or vortices, the largest being the Great Red Spot. Somehow, in a way not well understood, these vortices not only co-exist with the counter-propagating jets but appear to play a central role in maintaining them. The key objective of this research project is to clarify how these vortices shape planetary circulations in general. This is an ambitious goal, and one which has already attracted considerable research effort worldwide

  • Status
  • Completed
  • Project Launch
  • 09 June 2008
  • Project completed
  • 08 June 2010
planetary circulations spatial and temporal scales vortices