Impact of Data Assimilation on Thermal Tides in the Case of Venus Express Wind Observation

Norihiko Sugimoto, Toru Kouyama, Masahiro Takagi

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Impacts of horizontal winds assimilation on thermal tides are investigated by using the Venus atmospheric general circulation model for the Earth Simulator local ensemble transform Kalman filter data assimilation system. The assimilated data are horizontal winds derived from Venus ultraviolet images taken by the Venus Monitoring Camera onboard the Venus Express orbiter. The results show that three-dimensional structures of the thermal tides are significantly improved not only in the horizontal winds but also in the temperature field, even though the observations are available only at the cloud top level on the southern dayside hemisphere approximately once an Earth day. The reproduced temperature fields agree well with recent radio occultation measurements of the Venus Climate Orbiter Akatsuki. The zonal mean fields of the zonal wind and temperature are also improved globally. This study would enable reanalysis of past Venus observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4573-4580
Number of pages8
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 16


  • GCM
  • LETKF data assimilation
  • Venus Express
  • Venus atmosphere
  • thermal tides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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