Modeling Titan's atmosphere with a three-dimensional general circulation model

Claire Newman
Caltech, GPS

Numerical models of Titan's atmosphere often have difficulty in reproducing the superrotation and stratospheric temperature gradients observed. I will show results from the "TitanWRF" model, using it to highlight some of these problems, and demonstrating the sensitivity of the simulated dynamics to various model components (including the seasonal and diurnal cycles of solar forcing, and top level damping). I will also show results for the troposphere and near-surface atmosphere, and discuss current and future work to model Titan cloud formation.