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Over a 20-Sol period, the average depth of the convective mixed layer is shown for the local solar time window of 1400-1600 LST.
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Mesoscale Modeling of the Circulation in the Gale Crater Region: An Investigation into the Complex Forcing of Convective Boundary Layer Depths

1D. Tyler Jr. and 1J.R. Barnes

1College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

Mars 8, 58-77, 2013 | doi:10.1555/mars.2013.0003
Submitted: October 5, 2012; Accepted: February 28, 2013; Published: August 12, 2013

Growth of the convective boundary layer in northern part of Gale Crater is dramatically inhibited by the local circulation, which is primarily a consequence of interaction between slope flows in Gale Crater and along the dichotomy boundary. The circulation has a significant effect on the vertical structure of air temperature over the northern crater basin, which inhibits the growth of the convective boundary layer and cause a significant effect on the diurnal cycle of surface pressure.

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