Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015

Presentation information


Symbol P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-CG Complex & General

[P-CG32] Planetary atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere

Tue. May 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM A03 (APA HOTEL&RESORT TOKYO BAY MAKUHARI)

Convener:*Takeshi Imamura(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science), Kanako Seki(Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University), Yukihiro Takahashi(Department of Cosmosciences, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University), Yoshiyuki O. Takahashi(Graduate School of Science, Kobe University), Keiichiro Fukazawa(Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University), Hiromu Nakagawa(Planetary Atmosphere Physics Laboratory, Department of Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University), Chair:Takeshi Imamura(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science)

11:12 AM - 11:15 AM

[PCG32-P07] Implementation of sulfuric acid cloud into a Venus GCM

3-min talk in an oral session

*Kazunari ITO1, Takeshi KURODA1, Yasumasa KASABA1, Naoki TERADA1, Kohei IKEDA2, Masaaki TAKAHASHI3 (1.Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, 2.National Institute for Environmental Studies, 3.Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo)

Keywords:Venus, sulfuric acid cloud, General Circulation Model

Venus has global sulfuric acid (H2SO4) cloud deck in the altitude of 50-70 km. Past reproductions of cloud distributions in numerical models have been tried using VGCMs (Venusian General Circulation Models) with cloud parameterization (condensation / evaporation and sedimentation processes) in Lee et al. [2010] and our group (e.g. Kato et al. [2014]). However, they did not include chemical processes, and did not reproduce the cloud cycle based on realistic processes.
We have tried to implement the chemical processes related to H2SO4 clouds into our VGCM and to reproduce the realistic production and extinction of clouds. As Kato et al. [2014], we used a VGCM based on the CCSR/NIES/FRCGC AGCM [Ikeda, 2011]. Horizontal resolution is T21 (longitude and latitude grid : about 5.6 degree). In vertical, the model has 52 levels (the top altitude: about 95 km). For cloud condensation/evaporation processes, we assumed that if the mixing ratio of H2SO4(sum of vapor and cloud) is larger than the calculated saturated level, i.e., the supersaturated H2SO4 concentrates as an aerosol, and if not the H2SO4 aerosol all evaporates. The radius of cloud aerozol is distributed into 4 modes by ratios based on Haus and Arnold[2010]. It means that our model at the moment does not include the growth of particle size, and only traces the advection of produced clouds. We also note that the produced cloud distributions should modulate the thermal distributions through radiative effects but current our model assumes constant heat input profile (as well as the former code).
In this study, we implement following chemical reactions (1) – (4) into the VGCM.

SO2 +O+M → SO3 +M, (1)
SO3 +H2O+H2O → H2SO4 +H2O, (2)
H2SO4 +H2O → SO3 +H2O+H2O, (3)
SO3 +CO → SO2 +CO2, (4)

After 15 Venus days, the cloud distribution in this model reaches equilibrium status. In this model, we succeeded to reproduce the cloud cycle, i.e., the formation of H2SO4 cloud particles in the upper cloud region (about 67-75 km altitude) and the formation of SO2 and its extinction in the lower cloud region (about 50km altitude). This is consistent with the formation / extinction processes suggested by a two-dimensional model [Imamura and Hashimoto, 1998]. This model could also qualitatively reproduce the cloud top altitude with latitude. However, optical thickness in polar region (more than75 degree) was smaller than Venus Express observations [Haus et al., 2014]. Another problem is that the mixing ratios of H2O and SO2 were larger than those in a chemical model [Krasnopolsky, 2012]. We are now trying to solve these problems.
As the next step, we will implement the radiative effects of H2SO4 clouds into the VGCM, and enable to produce more realistic thermal structure. We will apply this model for studying qualitatively and quantitatively clouds global distributions and their variation which will be observed by Akatsuki mission from 2016.