Convective Dust Flux, Water Flux, and Water Content Estimates For The Martian Atmosphere Based On Observations by The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Published: 29 August 2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/7tc5wkkk4s.1
Nicholas Heavens


I. Top Level Description This dataset archives estimates of orbitally-averaged convective (sub-diurnal timescale) dust flux, water flux, and water content from available observations by instruments aboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during Mars Years 28-34. The underlying methodology of this analysis is described in detail in Heavens et al. (2018). The methodology was slightly modified for use in Heavens et al. (2019a,b) to prevent an unrealistic echo effect in the convective dust flux analysis. Examples of Matlab code used to plot this dataset are included. The README.TXT explains the contents of each file in detail. References: Heavens, N.G., A. Kleinböhl, M.S. Chaffin, J.S. Halekas, D.M. Kass, P.O. Hayne, D.J. McCleese, S. Piqueux, J.H. Shirley, and J.T. Schofield, 2018, Hydrogen escape from Mars enhanced by deep convection in dust storms, Nature Astron, 2, 126–132, doi: 10.1038/s41550-017-0353-4. Heavens, N.G., D.M. Kass, J.H. Shirley, S. Piqueux, and B.A. Cantor, 2019a, An Observational Overview of Dusty Deep Convection in Martian Dust Storms, J. Atmos. Sci., in press, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-19-0042.1. Heavens, N.G., D.M. Kass, and J.H. Shirley, 2019b, Dusty Deep Convection in the Mars Year 34 Planet-Encircling Dust Event, submitted to J. Geophys. Res. Planets. Acknowledgments: The archiving of this dataset was supported by the NASA Mars Data Analysis, Solar System Workings, and Nexus for Exoplanet System Science programs (NNX14AM32G, NNX15AI33G, and NNX15AE05G).



Hampton University School of Science


Water, Planetary Atmosphere, Dust, Convection, Mars