Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

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[EE] Evening Poster

P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-PS Planetary Sciences

[P-PS04] Results from Akatsuki and advances in Venus science

Tue. May 22, 2018 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall7, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Takehiko Satoh(Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Takeshi Horinouchi(Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University), Masaru Yamamoto(九州大学応用力学研究所, 共同), Kevin McGouldrick(University of Colorado Boulder)

[PPS04-P04] Variation of Cloud Opacity on Night-side Disk of Venus

*Takehiko Satoh1,2, Takashi Nakakushi3, Takao M. Sato1, George HASHIMOTO4 (1.Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, 2.SOKENDAI, 3.Wakayama University, 4.Okayama University)

Keywords:Venus night-side disk, Near-infrared windows, Cloud opacity

Night-side hemisphere of Venus exhibits dark and bright regions as a result of spatially inhomogeneous cloud opacity which is illuminated by infrared radiation from deeper atmosphere. The 2-μm camera (IR2) onboard Akatsuki, Japan's Venus Climate Orbiter, is equipped with three narrow-band filters (1.735, 2.26, and 2.32 μm) to image Venus night-side disk in well-known transparency windows of CO2atmosphere (Allen and Crawford 1984). We analyzed Akatsuki/IR2 images to study spatial variations of cloud opacity over the night-side disk of Venus. The images are firstly corrected for the point spread function (PSF) by deconvolution. Then, obtained "true" radiance is inverted to cloud opacity by referring to the radiative transfer computations. We discuss spatial and temporal variations of cloud opacity as well as the implication to the atmospheric dynamics.