Convective plumes and the scarcity of Titan's clouds

Ralph D. Lorenz, Caitlin A. Griffith, Jonathan I. Lunine, Christopher P. McKay, Nilton O. Rennò

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We show that simple thermodynamic models of convective plumes predict the area fraction of convective plumes (i.e., updrafts) in Titan's atmosphere to be ∼12 smaller than on Earth. This result is in agreement with predictions by sophisticated dynamical models and with the relative tropospheric cloud cover, which is only ∼1% on Titan. Rainstorms on Titan, being so rare, may be violent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 16 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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