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Published December 20, 2005 | Published + Submitted
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Meridional transport in the stratosphere of Jupiter


The Cassini measurements of C_2H_2 and C_2H_6 at ~5 mbar provide a constraint on meridional transport in the stratosphere of Jupiter. We performed a two-dimensional photochemical calculation coupled with mass transport due to vertical and meridional mixing. The modeled profile of C_2H_2 at latitudes less than 70° follows the latitude dependence of the solar insolation, while that of C_2H_6 shows little latitude dependence, consistent with the measurements. In general, our model study suggests that the meridional transport timescale above 5-10 mbar altitude level is ≳1000 yr, and the time could be as short as 10 yr below 10 mbar level, in order to fit the Cassini measurements. The derived meridional transport timescale above the 5 mbar level is 100 times longer than that obtained from the spreading of gas-phase molecules deposited after the impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet. There is no explanation at this time for this discrepancy.

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© 2005 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2005 July 27; accepted 2005 November 15; published 2005 December 5. This research was supported in part by NASA grant NAG5- 6263 to the California Institute of Technology. Special thank to Julie Moses for her insightful comments.

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