A coupled microphysical/radiative transfer model of albedo and emissivity of planetary surfaces covered by volatile ices

Author: and Jean-Luc Moncet
Date: 
October 22, 2003
Type: 
Journal Article
Venue: 
Icarus
Citation: 

Eluszkiewicz, J. and J.-L. Moncet, 2003: A coupled microphysical/radiative transfer model of albedo and emissivity of planetary surfaces covered by volatile ices. Icarus, 166, 375-384.

A new model of albedo and emissivity of planetary surfaces covered by volatile ices in the form of porous slab-like deposits is described. In the model, a radiative transfer model is coupled with a microphysical model in order to link changes in albedo and emissivity to changes in porosity caused by ice metamorphism. Preliminary results for Triton, Pluto, and Io are presented (the martian CO2 caps will be the subject of a separate publication). The coupled model will aid in the interpretation of ground-based and spacecraft observations and should lead to advances in surface and atmospheric modeling.