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Strong mesoscale winds of relevance for dust lifting predicted near Arsia Mons.
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Martian mesoscale and microscale wind variability of relevance for dust lifting

1,2Aymeric Spiga and 1Stephen R. Lewis

1Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
2Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Mars 5, 146-158, 2010 | doi:10.1555/mars.2010.0006
Submitted: May 12, 2010; Reviewed: July 12, 2010; Revised: August 19, 2010; Accepted: August 27, 2010; Published: December 10, 2010

Mars is both a windy and dusty environment. Our purpose is to show how mesoscale models and large-eddy simulations help to explore small-scale circulation patterns which are potentially important for lifting dust into the atmosphere but which are unresolved by global climate models.

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