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Andrew P. Ingersoll

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145044

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145044.001.0001

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Venus: Energy Transport and Winds

Venus: Energy Transport and Winds

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Planetary Climates

Andrew P. Ingersoll

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the modern-day climate of Venus, focusing on the role of winds in energy transfer. It first explains how radiation and convection influence the temperature structure of Venus's atmosphere before discussing other basic physical processes such as Hadley cells and the accompanying winds. It also considers gases in hydrostatic equilibrium, adiabatic lapse rate and stability, the flux and intensity of electromagnetic radiation, blackbody radiation and the Planck function, blackbodies in the solar system, radiative transfer, optically thick atmosphere, radiative-convective equilibrium, emission of radiation to space, equilibrium temperature, energy transport by fluid motions and eddies, eddy momentum transport, and the phenomenon of superrotation.

Keywords:   climate, Venus, winds, energy transfer, radiation, convection, temperature, Hadley cell, eddies, superrotation

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