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School of Physics and Astronomy

Investigating giant planet atmospheres from space and in the lab

5 October 2012

Time: 2:30pm
Venue: GO Jones Room 410

Astronomy Unit Seminars
Dr Roland Young (University of Oxford)

Among the unanswered questions about giant planet atmospheres, the nature of small-scale turbulence and the source of energy driving the jets is of particular interest. I will discuss our work analysing turbulent flow on Jupiter using Cassini observations, and how that fits in with recent laboratory experiments using a 13m diameter rotating tank, as well as ongoing work with models to try to understand the dynamics of giant planet atmospheres.