The meteorology of Gale crater as determined from rover environmental monitoring station observations and numerical modeling. Part I: Comparison of model simulations with observations

Pla-Garcia, Jorge;Rafkin, Scot C. R.;Kahre, Melinda;Gomez-Elvira, Javier;Hamilton, Victoria E.;Navarro, Sara;Torres, Josefina;Marín, Mercedes;Vasavada, Ashwin R. 2016. The meteorology of Gale crater as determined from rover environmental monitoring station observations and numerical modeling. Part I: Comparison of model simulations with observations. Icarus 280, 103-113 DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.03.013

Air temperature, ground temperature, pressure, and wind speed and direction data obtained from the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity are compared to data from the Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System. A full diurnal cycle at four different seasons (Ls 0, 90, 180 and 270) is investigated at the rover location within Gale crater, Mars. Model results are shown to be in good agreement with observations when considering the uncertainties in the observational data set. The good agreement provides justification for utilizing the model results to investigate the broader meteorological environment of the Gale crater region, which is described in the second, companion paper. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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