Project: Modeling and observation of Mars dust storms

Mars dust storms have a catastrophic impact on the mars operations of a spacecraft, moving parts, optical systems and the power generation by the solar panels of Mars rovers and landers, as well as the health and safety of future astronauts on Mars. A recent example is when global dust storm event (GDE) during mid-2018 caused a loss in contact with the mars rover opportunity.These GDEs are a result of ever-growing local/regional dust storms and have duration of up to a few months. These are irregular in time and occur, on average, once every few Martian years (1 Martian Year is equal to ca. 1.9 Earth Years).Hence, by using Mars Global Climate Models (MGCMs), it is challenging to simulate the occurrence of GDEs realistically, but with Modelling and observation of Mars dust storms, we can give suggestions for the future forecasting of Martian dust storms.

Project

Modeling and observation of Mars dust storms

Modeling and observation of Mars dust storms

Objective

It aims to simulate the Martian dust cycle at a high horizontal resolution to understand sources and sinks of dust in Mars’ atmosphere. The model results are then compared with orbital observations of dust storms.

R&D Area

Planetary Science

FUNDING AND SUPPORT

ICT Fund