Towards Understanding the Climate of Venus

Applications of Terrestrial Models to Our Sister Planet

  • Lennart Bengtsson
  • Roger-Maurice Bonnet
  • David Grinspoon
  • Symeon Koumoutsaris
  • Sebastien Lebonnois
  • Dmitri Titov

Part of the ISSI Scientific Report Series book series (ISSI, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lennart Bengtsson
    Pages 1-4
  3. What Do We Know About Venus?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Roger-Maurice Bonnet, David Grinspoon, Angelo Pio Rossi
      Pages 7-16
    3. Dmitrij V. Titov, Giuseppe Piccioni, Pierre Drossart, Wojciech J. Markiewicz
      Pages 23-53
    4. Sanjay S. Limaye, Miriam Rengel
      Pages 55-70
  4. Modeling the Atmospheric Circulation of Venus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Stephen R. Lewis, Jonathan Dawson, Sebastien Lebonnois, Masaru Yamamoto
      Pages 111-127
    3. Sebastien Lebonnois, Christopher Lee, Masaru Yamamoto, Jonathan Dawson, Stephen R. Lewis, Joao Mendonca et al.
      Pages 129-156
    4. Hauke Schmidt
      Pages 157-167
  5. Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Håkan Svedhem, David Grinspoon
      Pages 171-185

About this book


ESA’s Venus Express Mission has monitored Venus since April 2006, and scientists worldwide have used mathematical models to investigate its atmosphere and model its circulation. This book summarizes recent work to explore and understand the climate of the planet through a research program under the auspices of the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland. Some of the unique elements that are discussed are the anomalies with Venus’ surface temperature (the huge greenhouse effect causes the surface to rise to 460°C, without which would plummet as low as -40°C), its unusual lack of solar radiation (despite being closer to the Sun, Venus receives less solar radiation than Earth due to its dense cloud cover reflecting 76% back) and the juxtaposition of its atmosphere and planetary rotation (wind speeds can climb up to 200 m/s, much faster than Venus’ sidereal day of 243 Earth-days).


History Venus Observations Modeling Planetary Atmospheres Venus Atmosphere Modeling Venus Climate Model Venus Express Mission Venus Greenhouse Effect Venus Super-Rotation Venus Temperature Anomalies

Editors and affiliations

  • Lennart Bengtsson
    • 1
  • Roger-Maurice Bonnet
    • 2
  • David Grinspoon
    • 3
  • Symeon Koumoutsaris
    • 4
  • Sebastien Lebonnois
    • 5
  • Dmitri Titov
    • 6
  1. 1.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  3. 3., Department of Space ScienceDenver Museum of Nature and ScienceDenverUSA
  4. 4.Peninsular HouseRisk Management Solutions LtdLondonUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Laboratoire de Meterologie DynamiqueParisFrance
  6. 6.ESA-ESTECNoordwijkNetherlands

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