Gravity waves in Jupiter's stratosphere, as measured by the Galileo ASI experiment

Leslie A. Young, Roger Yelle, Richard Young, Alvin Seiff, Donn B. Kirk

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The temperatures in Jupiter's stratosphere, as measured by the Galileo Atmosphere Structure Instrument (ASI), show fluctuations that have been interpreted as gravity waves. We present a detailed description of these fluctuations, showing that they are not likely to be due to either measurement error or isotropic turbulence. These fluctuations share features with gravity waves observed in the terrestrial middle atmosphere, including the shape and amplitude of the power spectrum of temperature with respect to vertical wavenumber. Under the gravity wave interpretation, we find that wave heating or cooling is likely to be important in Jupiter's upper stratosphere and unimportant in the lower stratosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-199
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005



  • Atmospheres, dynamics
  • Jupiter, atmosphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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