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A 3-D Chemistry Transport Model for Titan's Thermosphere

A 3-D Chemistry Transport Model for Titan's Thermosphere

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Published by Martin C. Doege
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A 3–D Chemistry Transport Modelfor Titan’s Thermosphere
Inaugural-Dissertationzur Erlangung des Doktorgradesder Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultätder Universität zu Kölnvorgelegt von
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Berichterstatter (Gutachter):Prof. Dr. Joachim SaurProf. Dr. Michael Kerschgens
Tag der mündlichen Prüfung:
26.1.2011
 
Contents
1 Current scientic knowledge about Titan 19
1.1 Titan and its atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191.2 Atmospheric chemistry on Titan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261.3 The Cassini-Huygens mission and other available observations . . 301.4 Modeling efforts and open scientific questions . . . . . . . . . . . 31
2 Model description 37
2.1 The MOZART Chemistry Transport Model . . . . . . . . . . . . 372.2 The basic MOZART setup for Titan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 392.3 Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
3 Model validation 53
3.1 Control experiment chemical distributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533.2 Sensitivity to the strength of circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 843.3 Fitting observational data to a distribution function . . . . . . . 933.4 Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
4 Science questions 105
4.1 What is the influence of solar variability on chemistry? . . . . . . 1054.1.1 Solar minimum run (“SolMin”) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1094.1.2 Solar maxium run (“SolMax”) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1134.1.3 Relative changes between Solar minimum and maximum . 1184.2 How do gravitational tides affect composition? . . . . . . . . . . 1194.3 Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
5 Summary and outlook 129
5.1 Further research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
A Model parameters and reaction rates 133B A Titan column chemistry model 145
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