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Project:  Dynamics of the Atmospheres of Outer Planets and Titan and the Ancient Climate of Mars
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Astronomy
Mentor:  Andrew Friedson, (JPL), Andrew.J.Friedson@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-2397
Background:  We study the dynamical meteorology of the outer planets and Titan, and the ancient climate of Mars. Both theoretical calculations and computer modeling of the atmospheres are involved.
Description:  Projects for 2017 will include one of the following (i) helping the mentor develop a model of Saturn's gravitational tidal effect on Titan's atmosphere, (ii) developing software to calculate the vibrational normal modes of Saturn, which are thought responsible for producing certain spiral density waves in Saturn's rings; this allows Saturn's rings to be used as a sort of seismometer of Saturn's interior, or (iii) Exploring models of the ancient climate of Mars.
References:  Friedson et al. 2009. A Global Climate Model of Titan's Atmosphere and Surface. Planetary and Space Science, 57, 1931-1949.
Friedson, A.J. and J.I. Moses 2012. General circulation and transport in Saturn's upper troposphere and stratosphere. Icarus 218, 861.
Friedson, A.J. and E.J. Gonzales 2012. Inhibition of Convection by Condensation in the Ice Giants. 2012 DPS meeting abstracts (online).
Friedson, A.J. and L. Ding 2015. Numerical Modeling of Normal-Mode Oscillations in Planetary Atmospheres: Application to Saturn and Titan. DPS 2015 meeting abstract (online).
Student Requirements:  Desired: Experience with scientific programming language such as Fortran 90, IDL, or Matlab. Student should have a knowledge of physics of at least the sophomore or junior undergraduate level.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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