Martian Year 34 Climatology of the Atmospheric Column Dust Optical Depth

Luca Montabone, Ehouarn Millour, François Forget, Aymeric Spiga , David Kass & Armin Kleinböhl
We provide a climatology of airborne dust for Martian year 34 using observations of the Martian atmosphere from May 2016 to March 2018 made by the Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) aboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Our methodology works by gridding the available estimates of column dust optical depth (CDOD) from MCS limb observations. The resulting (irregularly) gridded maps were validated with independent observations of CDOD by the Mars Color Imager camera aboard MRO, and by...
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