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Weather on Other Planets: Measurement and Interpretation
The Geological Society
Burlington House
Start Time: 9 Oct 2015 - 10:30
End Time: 9 Oct 2015 - 15:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Ian Strangeways (RMetS), Colin Wilson (Oxford), Giovanna Tinetti (UCL)

Contact: Dr Ian Strangeways

This meeting was originated and organised by the Royal Meteorological Society's Special Interest Group on Meteorological Observing Systems.


This meeting gathers together many of those researching the nature of the atmospheres and meteorology of the other planets of the solar system. The 'weather' in space between the planets due to the sun's plasma emissions is also dealt with. Another speaker looks further afield at what the atmospheres of planets orbiting distant stars (Exoplanets) might be like. The emphasis is on how the measurements are made, directly from Earth, from orbit around the planets and by landers on their surfaces. What the measurements tell us about the very varied meteorology of the planets and their moons is then discussed. This meeting summarises the current views and findings of a rapidly developing new science driven by complex technology.


10:00 – 10:30 Tea/Coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Introduction

10:40 From Snowball Earth to Rock Vapor Atmospheres: The diversity and unity of planetary weather
Raymond Pierrehumbert

11:10 Weather measurements on Jupiter from the ground
John Rogers, University of Cambridge

11:30 Weather measurements on Jupiter and Saturn from space missions
Leigh Fletcher, University of Leicester

11:50 Weather measurements on Uranus and Neptune
Chris Arridge, University of Lancaster

12:10 Space weather
Andrew Coates, Mullard Space Science Laboratory

12:30 Poster presentations

– 12:40 – 13:40 *** LUNCH ***

13:40 Weather measurements on Mars from orbit and landers
Manish Patel, RAL / Open University

14:00 Weather measurements from Mars entry/descent, and data assimilation
Steve Lewis, Open University

14:20 Weather measurements on Venus
Colin Wilson, University of Oxford

14:40 Weather measurements on Titan
Ingo Müller-Wodarg, Imperial College London

15:00 Exoplanet atmospheres
Giovanna Tinetti, University College London

15:20 Discussion

15:30 End

Tea / Coffee available

Poster presentations are welcome. Interested parties should email the organizers.