Planets and Moons  ID: 4601

Jupiter Quasi-Quadrennial Oscillation

When scientists look at Jupiter's upper atmosphere in infrared light, they see the region above the equator heating and cooling over a roughly four-year cycle. They dub this Jovian climate pattern the "quasi-quadrennial oscillation," or QQO, and it has a little sibling on Earth – a two-year temperature cycle accompanied by a reversal of the equatorial jet stream. Earth's cycle can influence the transport of aerosols and ozone and can affect the formation of hurricanes, making it an active area of climate research. Now, scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have developed a new model for understanding Jupiter's QQO, which could lead to a refined understanding of Earth's own climate.

 

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Keywords:
SVS >> Climate
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Jupiter
SVS >> Temperature
SVS >> Weather
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Planetary Science
SVS >> Wind Patterns
SVS >> Stratosphere
SVS >> Jupiter >> Atmosphere
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Jet Stream
SVS >> Cycle
SVS >> Pattern