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A Two Martian Years Survey of Water Ice Clouds on Mars with ACS onboard TGO

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Abstract

The middle infrared (MIR) channel of the Atmospheric Chemistry Suite (ACS) instrument onboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) ESA-Roscosmos mission has performed Solar occultation measurements of the Martian atmosphere in the 2.3-4.2 µm spectral range since March 2018, which now covers two Martian Years (MY). We use the methodology previously developed for the study of the MY 34 Global Dust Storm (GDS) (Stcherbinine et al., 2020) to monitor the properties (effective radii, extinction, altitude) of the Martian water ice clouds over the first two Martian years covered by ACS-MIR. The observations encompass the period L s = 163 • in MY 34 to L s = 181 • in MY 36. We determine that the typical altitude of the clouds varies by 20 to 40 km between the summer and winter, with a maximum extension up to 80 km during summer in the midlatitudes. Similarly, we also note that for a limited temporal range, the altitude of the clouds also varies by 20 to 40 km between the polar regions
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insu-03908848 , version 1 (30-10-2022)
insu-03908848 , version 2 (20-12-2022)
insu-03908848 , version 3 (03-01-2023)

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Aurélien Stcherbinine, Franck Montmessin, Mathieu Vincendon, Michael J. Wolff, Margaux Vals, et al.. A Two Martian Years Survey of Water Ice Clouds on Mars with ACS onboard TGO. Journal of Geophysical Research. Planets, 2022, 127 (12), pp.e2022JE007502. ⟨10.1029/2022je007502⟩. ⟨insu-03908848v2⟩
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