A 3D general circulation model for Pluto and Triton with fixed volatile abundance and simplified surface forcing

  title={A 3D general circulation model for Pluto and Triton with fixed volatile abundance and simplified surface forcing},
  author={Angela M. Zalucha and Timothy I. Michaels},
Abstract We present a 3D general circulation model of Pluto and Triton’s atmospheres, which uses radiative–conductive–convective forcing. In both the Pluto and Triton models, an easterly (prograde) jet is present at the equator with a maximum magnitude of 10–12 m s−1 and 4 m s−1, respectively. Neither atmosphere shows any significant overturning circulation in the meridional and vertical directions. Rather, it is horizontal motions (mean circulation and transient waves) that transport heat… 
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