Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 1–3, pp 57–64 | Cite as

Solar radiation incident on the Martian surface

  • W. R. Kuhn
  • S. K. Atreya
Atmosphere and Surface


Calculations indicate that the maximum daily solar radiation reaching the Martian surface is about 325 cal/cm2 during southern hemisphere summer at latitude of about 40°S. In the ultraviolet region of the spectrum, the radiation reaching the surface at wavelengths greater than 2800 Å is within 10% of the radiation incident on the atmosphere. There is significant extinction of radiation in the spectral region near 2500 Å in mid and high latitudes due to absorption of radiation by ozone; radiation reaching the surface may be reduced to one one-thousandth of that incident on the atmosphere during winter. Virtually no radiation of wavelengths less than 1900 Å reaches the surface because of absorption by the large column abundance of carbon dioxide. Daily and latitudinal distributions of radiation are presented for wavelengths of 3000, 2500 and 2000 Å.

Key words

Mars Solar radiation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. R. Kuhn
    • 1
  • S. K. Atreya
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic ScienceThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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