Surveys in Geophysics

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 755–773 | Cite as

Meteorology of the terrestrial planets

  • Hannu Savijärvi


The thermodynamics, dynamics, weather and general circulation (climate) of the atmospheres of Venus, Earth and Mars is reviewed, in the light of present knowledge. These three terrestrial planets each have a gaseous sunlit envelope, but the realizations of motions in them are quite different. This makes comparisons of their meteorology very interesting and challenging.


Atmosphere General Circulation Present Knowledge Terrestrial Planet 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannu Savijärvi
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  1. 1.Department of MeteorologyUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

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