Photochemical Model Data for "A pole-to-pole map of hydrocarbons in Saturn's upper stratosphere and mesosphere"

Published: 18 April 2024| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/hhx6hytkj2.2


The dataset includes two files containing the photochemical model outputs for the Ion and Neutral Models for L_s=90, northern summer solstice. These files are structured by latitude, then by output variable and then by vertical element (note, the Ion and Neutral Model files have the same number of latitudes, but the latitude arrays are not identical). Additionally, the dataset includes a gzip-compressed file containing the full seasonal Neutral Model for the sixth and final year of the model run. This file encompasses the same components as the individual model outputs but extends over the full Saturn year with data organized by 10-degree increments of L_s.


Steps to reproduce

The Caltech/JPL KINETICS code was used to solve the time-dependent 1D continuity equations starting with fixed conditions for the equinox (L_s = 0) until steady state is reached, after which time-dependent conditions are introduced to incorporate seasonally changing solar insolation. The model produces vertical profiles spanning from the troposphere to the thermosphere for hundreds of species containing C, H, N, and O. See Brown et al. (2024), "A pole-to-pole map of hydrocarbons in Saturn’s upper stratosphere and mesosphere" for further details.


University of Arizona Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Space Science Institute, University of Arizona


Planetary Atmosphere, Middle Atmosphere, Outer Planet, Atmosphere Modeling