Deep zonal winds can result from shallow driving in a giant-planet atmosphere

Adam Showman, Peter J. Gierasch, Yuan Lian

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A simple model shows that acceleration of Jupiter and Saturn's multiple jets at altitudes confined near the top of the adiabatic region (e.g., at a few bars pressure) can produce jets that penetrate deeply into the molecular envelope. This result disproves the common assertion that jet acceleration near the outer margin can only produce zonal winds that are confined to these outer layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-526
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006



  • atmosphere
  • Atmospheres
  • dynamics
  • Jupiter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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