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Ice Giant Atmospheric Science

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Emma K. Dahl, Shawn Brueshaber, Richard Cosentino, Csaba Palotai, Naomi Rowe-Gurney, Ramanakumar Sankar, Kunio Sayanagi, Shahid Aslam, Kevin Baines, Erika Barth, Nancy J. Chanover, Leigh N. Fletcher, Sandrine Guerlet, Heidi Hammel, Mark Hofstadter, Ali Hyder, Erin Leonard, Timothy A. Livengood, Tom Momary, Glenn Orton, Imke de Pater, Kurt Retherford, James Sinclair, Krista Soderlund, Linda Spilker, Larry Sromovsky, Michael H. Wong

This white paper, written in support of NASA's 2023-2032 Planetary Decadal Survey, outlines 10 major questions that focus on the origin, evolution, and current processes that shape the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune. Prioritizing these questions over the next decade will greatly improve our understanding of this unique class of planets, which have remained largely unexplored since the Voyager flybys. Studying the atmospheres of the Ice Giants will greatly inform our understanding of the origin and evolution of the solar system as a whole, in addition to the growing number of exoplanetary systems that contain Neptune-mass planets

Comments: 8 pages, 0 figures, White Paper submitted to the Astrobiology and Planetary Science Decadal Survey

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:2010.08617 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2010.08617v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Emma Dahl 

[v1] Fri, 16 Oct 2020 20:23:15 UTC (214 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.08617

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