Research in Engineering and Aviation

A Numerical Examination of Companion Cloud-Vortex Morphology on the Ice Giants

October 2011

Author(s): R.P. LeBeau, Cs. Palotai, X. Deng, and S.W. Warning,

A Numerical Examination of Companion Cloud-Vortex Morphology on the Ice Giants. 43rd Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences, Nantes, France, October  3-7.

Abstract

Some ice giant vortices have been accompanied by long-lived cloud features. Numerical simulations of these cloud-vortex systems have shown that the clouds may have potentially significant effects on the vortex behavior. Simulations with greater details will further define the physical relationship between the vortices and their companion clouds.