Polar heating in Saturn ’ s thermosphere

  title={Polar heating in Saturn ’ s thermosphere},
  author={Catherine Allison Smith and Alan D. Aylward and Steve M. Miller and I. C. F. Mueller-Wodarg},
A 3-D numerical global circulation model of the Kronian thermosphere has been used to investigate the influence of polar heating. The distributions of temperature and winds resulting from a general heat source in the polar regions are described. We show that both the total energy input and its vertical distribution are important to the resulting thermal structure. We find that the form of the topside heating profile is particularly important in determining exospheric temperatures. We compare… CONTINUE READING