EGU General Assembly 2021
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Comparison between IPSL Venus Global Climate Model results and aerobraking data

Antoine Martinez1, Sébastien Lebonnois1, Jean-Yves Chaufray2, Ehouarn Millour1, and Thomas Pierron1
Antoine Martinez et al.
  • 1Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Paris, France
  • 2LATMOS, Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Paris, France

For fifteen years, a Global Climate Model (GCM) has been developed for the Venus atmosphere at Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL), in collaboration between LMD and LATMOS, from the surface up to 150 km altitude. Its recent extension up to the exobase (roughly 250 km) within the framework of the VCD project now allows us to simulate the Venusian upper atmosphere and the key atmospheric parameters of the aerobraking phases. The aim of this presentation is to study the evolution of the density of the Venusian upper atmosphere as a function of different parameters such as solar irradiance, latitude, local time and zenith solar angle (SZA), for regions from 130 to 180 km of altitude. We will present here several comparisons of the upper atmosphere of Venus between our model results and a selection of aerobraking data from different missions such as Venus Express, Pioneer Venus and Magellan.

How to cite: Martinez, A., Lebonnois, S., Chaufray, J.-Y., Millour, E., and Pierron, T.: Comparison between IPSL Venus Global Climate Model results and aerobraking data, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-5025,, 2021.

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