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See detailThe equatorial boundary of the ultraviolet Jovian north aurora observed with multispectral Hubble Space Telescope images
Grodent, Denis ULg; Dols, V.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1996), 101(E1), 2163-2168

Multispectral observations of the far ultraviolet Jovian aurora with the faint object camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope are reported. They are used to describe and compare the morphology ... [more ▼]

Multispectral observations of the far ultraviolet Jovian aurora with the faint object camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope are reported. They are used to describe and compare the morphology and the mean brightness of the H-2 Lyman and Werner bands observed at 153, 125, and 130 nm. It is shown that most of the emissions are confined inside the 6 R(J) O-6-GSFC auroral oval and fill a large fraction of the polar cap. During the similar to 50 hours time span of the observations following a very strong aurora, no bright are was observed along the oval mapping the 30 R(J) O-6 oval. Hydrogen emissions at 125 and 130 nm are observed down to 50 degrees N and somewhat below, a region not accessible to previous FOC observations at longer wavelengths. Temporal variations are also observed on timescales of hours to days. [less ▲]

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See detailThe seasonality of the CO2 exchange between the atmosphere and the land biosphere: A study with a global mechanistic vegetation model
Nemry, B.; François, Louis ULg; Warnant, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1996), 101(D3), 7111-7125

Two simulations of the seasonal variation of the global atmospheric CO2 distribution are obtained by combining an atmospheric transport model, two parameterizations of soil heterotrophic respiration (SHR ... [more ▼]

Two simulations of the seasonal variation of the global atmospheric CO2 distribution are obtained by combining an atmospheric transport model, two parameterizations of soil heterotrophic respiration (SHR), and a mechanistic model of carbon assimilation in the biosphere (CARAIB) that estimates the net primary production (NPP) of continental vegetation. The steady state hypothesis of the biosphere allows the spatial distribution and the global content of the soil carbon to be expressed as a function of the root fractions of soil respiration under forested and herbaceous vegetation covers. The sensitivity of the modeled CO2 signal to the wind field does not exceed the observed interannual variability. The influence of the various vegetation zones is quantified by the Fourier analysis of the modeled atmospheric signal. In the northern hemisphere, the temperate ecosystems dominate the seasonal atmospheric signal of the extratropical latitudes. The ecosystems of the tropical northern zone determine the local signal, while the southern tropical ecosystems influence largely the signal in the whole southern hemisphere. The results give credence to the mechanistic modeling of NPP since the simulated atmospheric signal is comparable with that obtained with normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) based diagnostic models coupled with a parameterization of SHR fitted to optimize the atmospheric signal. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh rotational excitation of NO infrared thermospheric airglow: A signature of superthermal nitrogen atoms?
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Shematovich, Valeri I et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23

The reaction between superthermal N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms produced by exothermic processes and O[SUB]2[/SUB] has been proposed to explain observations of highly rotationally excited nitric oxide in the ... [more ▼]

The reaction between superthermal N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms produced by exothermic processes and O[SUB]2[/SUB] has been proposed to explain observations of highly rotationally excited nitric oxide in the sunlit thermosphere. We examine the importance of this mechanism using a detailed calculation of the fast N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms energy distribution. It is shown that the hot thermal N atoms are able to produce rotationally excited NO in the upper thermosphere through the reaction of O[SUB]2[/SUB] with N([SUP]4[/SUP]S). By contrast, near the NO peak at 110 km, the Maxwellian nitrogen atoms produce substantially less rovibrationally excited NO than the superthermal component. Consequently, the non Maxwellian N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms show a clear spectral signature in the (1-0) and (2-1) bandheads at this altitude. The calculated rovibrationally excited NO concentration at 140 km is shown to be consistent with the value derived from the analysis of infrared airglow spectra. [less ▲]

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See detailCO2 atmosphérique et simulation de ses variations d'origine naturelle et anthropique
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; François, Louis ULg

in Revue de la Science et des Techniques (1996), 14

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See detailSeasonal and interannual influences of the terrestrial ecosystems on atmospheric CO2: a model study
François, Louis ULg; Nemry, Bernard; Warnant, Pierre ULg et al

in Physics & Chemistry of the Earth - Parts A/B/C (1996), 21

The prognostic CARAIB (Carbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model has been used in conjunction with the Max-Planck Institut TM2 atmospheric transport model to calculate the atmospheric CO2 fluctuations ... [more ▼]

The prognostic CARAIB (Carbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model has been used in conjunction with the Max-Planck Institut TM2 atmospheric transport model to calculate the atmospheric CO2 fluctuations at the global scale. Two applications are briefly described. In the first one, the seasonal CO2 variation is calculated and a Fourier analysis is performed to determine the relative contributions of the various vegetation types. It is found that the seasonal signal is dominated by the grasslands and needle leaf forests in the northern boreal and temperate zones. In the southern hemisphere, tropical deciduous forests and grasslands make the primary contribution. In the second application, the net primary productivity (NPP), soil heterotrophic respiration (SHR) and net ecosystem productivity (NEP) are calculated for years 1987 and 1988 with the model driven by observed climatic variables. Preliminary results indicate that the NEP variations between these two years are strongly dominated by tropical ecosystems. However, it is shown that the results are strongly dependent on the dataset used for the 1987-88 temperature record, raising the question of reliability of sudl modelling studies of the interannual variability of the biosphere. 01997 Elsevier Science Ltd [less ▲]

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See detailA new distribution of vegetation types and its inclusion in a global biosphere model
Warnand; François, Louis ULg; Nemry, B. et al

Poster (1995, August)

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See detailAuroral Lyman alpha and H2 bands from the giant planets. 2: Effect of the anisotropy of the precipitating particles on the interpretation of the 'color ratio'
Prange, Renee; Rego, Daniel; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1995), 100

Previous spectral analyses have given evidence of collisionally excited Jovian and (at times) Saturnian H2 Werner bands being absorbed by hydrocarbons at the shortest wavelengths along the auroral ovals ... [more ▼]

Previous spectral analyses have given evidence of collisionally excited Jovian and (at times) Saturnian H2 Werner bands being absorbed by hydrocarbons at the shortest wavelengths along the auroral ovals, and of a longitudinal dependence of this absorption in the Jovian aurorae. This 'color ratio' has been used to estimate the energy of the primary particles. In such estimates, particles are generally assumed to penetrate vertically into the atmosphere. However, the precipitating particle angular distribution is unknown, and a model developed for a diffuse aurora by Prange and Elkhamsi (1991), for instance, predicts quite different possible distributions. We consider here the influence of the angular distribution used in the model, and show that distributions peaking far from vertical may increase the energy derived from a given color ratio by as much as a factor of 3. We discuss previous interpretations of the color ratio longitudinal modulation (variation of the auroral atmosphere structure, or of the incident particle energy) in view of the subsequent increase in energy input. We argue that an interpretation in terms of energy variations only is not consistent with the energy available in the magnetosphere if the aurorae are diffuse, and we discuss this finding in the context of recent Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images. [less ▲]

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See detailA kinetic model of the formation of the hot oxygen geocorona. 2: Influence of O(+) ion precipitation
Bisikalo, D. V.; Shematovich, V. I.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1995), 100

A model for the oxygen geocorona near the exobase solving the nonlinear Boltzmann equation with a Monte Carlo method is used to calculate the distribution of the hot oxygen atoms during geomagnetically ... [more ▼]

A model for the oxygen geocorona near the exobase solving the nonlinear Boltzmann equation with a Monte Carlo method is used to calculate the distribution of the hot oxygen atoms during geomagnetically disturbed nighttime conditions. The precipitation of energetic O(+) ions and the subsequent enhancement of the hot O corona at high latitudes is simulated for the September 17, 1971, storm conditions. It is found that in such circumstances, the O(+) precipitation is a significant source of superthermal O atoms leading to important perturbations of the velocity distribution of the bulk oxygen population. The effective gas temperature near the exobase is similar to that in the undisturbed atmosphere, but the hot O density rises considerably over the quiet condition values. [less ▲]

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See detailA numerical study of the influence of the dirunal cycle on the surface energy and water budgets
Delire, Christine; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1995), 100

Global models including atmospheric, oceanic, and biogeochemical processes are needed for the study of possible environmental changes, but they require efficient approximations of physical processes in ... [more ▼]

Global models including atmospheric, oceanic, and biogeochemical processes are needed for the study of possible environmental changes, but they require efficient approximations of physical processes in order to reduce the computing time. The need to resolve the dirunal cycle when treating such problems is questionable. The Interaction Soil Biosphere Atmosphere (ISBA) model describing soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions is used to analyze the importance of the dirunal cycle on the surface energy and water budjets. Stand-alone simulations are first performed using the Hydrologic Atmospheric Pilot EXperiment-MOdélisation du BILan HYdrique (HAPEX-MOBILHY) and Amazonian Region Micrometeorological Experiment (ARME) data sets to assess the need of an explicit dirunal variation of the atmospheric forcing for different sites. As a reference, the run is forced by measured values of atmospheric variables and radiative fluxes. As a test, ISBA is run forced by the 24-hour means of these atmospheric and radiative forcings. The surface and deep water content, the total evaporation, and the net radiation flux are correctly evaluated without the diurnal cycle. In contrast, the interception reservoir is highly overestimated. The model is then coupled with a one-dimensional atmospheic model in which, as test, the solar flux at the top of the atmosphere is replaced by a daily constant mean insolation. The superficial soil moisture content and the total evapotranspiration flux are correctly estimated. The surface temperature and the sensible heat flux are not satisfactorily predicted. Thus it appears that neglecting the diurnal cycle is adequate when considering the hydrologic balance of the surface but not the surface temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailHST Far-Ultraviolet Imaging of Jupiter During the Impacts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Clarke, John T; Prange, Renee; Ballester, Gilda E et al

in Science (1995), 267

Hubble Space Telescope far-ultraviolet images of Jupiter during the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts show the impact regions darkening over the 2 to 3 hours after the impact, becoming darker and more extended ... [more ▼]

Hubble Space Telescope far-ultraviolet images of Jupiter during the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts show the impact regions darkening over the 2 to 3 hours after the impact, becoming darker and more extended than at longer wavelengths, which indicates that ultraviolet-absorbing gases or aerosols are more extended, more absorbing, and at higher altitudes than the absorbers of visible light. Transient auroral emissions were observed near the magnetic conjugate point of the K impact site just after that impact. The global auroral activity was fainter than average during the impacts, and a variable auroral emission feature was observed inside the southern auroral oval preceding the impacts of fragments Q1 and Q2. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of new chemical sources for the hot oxygen geocorona
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Richards, P. G.; Shematovich, V. I. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1995), 22

Exothermic reactions involving metastable neutrals and ions were recently proposed as sources of hot oxygen atoms in addition to the classical O2(+) and NO(+) dissociative recombination. The Boltzmann ... [more ▼]

Exothermic reactions involving metastable neutrals and ions were recently proposed as sources of hot oxygen atoms in addition to the classical O2(+) and NO(+) dissociative recombination. The Boltzmann equations for thermal and nonthermal populations of O atoms are solved with Monte Carlo stochastic simulation method. It is shown that the calculated energy distribution functions of O atoms are significantly in nonequilibrium in the transition region between the thermosphere and the exosphere. It is found that the inclusion of additional sources leads to stronger disturbances of the energy distribution function and, as a consequence, increases the nonthermal fraction of hot O atoms. The variation of the vertical distribution of hot O between solar maximum and minimum conditions is also evaluated and shows good agreement with the available experimental evidence. [less ▲]

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See detailHubble Space Telescope far-ultraviolet imaging of Jupiter during the impacts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Clarke, J. T.; Prange, R.; Ballester, G. E. et al

in Highlights of Astronomy, Vol. 10 (1995)

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See detailUltraviolet observations of the Saturnian north aurora and polar haze distribution with the HST-FOC
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Dols, V.; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N (1995), 96

Near simultaneous observations of the Saturnian H2 north ultraviolet aurora and the polar haze were made at 153 nm and 210 nm respectively with the Faint Object Camera on board the Hubble Space Telescope ... [more ▼]

Near simultaneous observations of the Saturnian H2 north ultraviolet aurora and the polar haze were made at 153 nm and 210 nm respectively with the Faint Object Camera on board the Hubble Space Telescope. The auroral observations cover a complete rotation of the planet and, when co-added, reveal the presence of an auroral emission near 80 deg N with a peak brightness of about 150 kR of total H2 emission. The maximum optical depth of the polar haze layer is found to be located approximately 5 deg equatorward of the auroral emission zone. The haze particles are presumably formed by hydrocarbon aerosols initiated by H2+ auroral production. In this case, the observed haze optical depth requires an efficiency of aerosol formation of about 6 percent, indicating that auroral production of hydrocarbon aerosols is a viable source of high-latitude haze. [less ▲]

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See detailSpace studies of the upper and middle atmosphere
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Space scientific research in Belgium (Space Science) (1995)

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See detailCarbon cycle modelling and remote sensing
François, Louis; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Space scientific research in Belgium (Earth Observations) (1995)

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See detailA new vegetation map and its inclusion in a global biosphere model
Warnant, Pierre ULg; François, Louis ULg; Nemry, Bernard et al

in Guyot (Ed.) Photosynthesis and remote sensing (1995)

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See detailEvolution du Climat et Paléoclimat : effet de serre et CO2
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; François, Louis ULg

in Espace et environnement (1995)

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See detailUltraviolet spectroscopy and imaging of planetary atmospheres
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Space scientific research in Belgium (Space Science) (1995)

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See detailSIMULTANEOUS OBSERVATIONS OF THE SATURNIAN AURORA AND POLAR HAZE WITH THE HST/FOC
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; DOLS, V.; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1995), 22(20), 2685-2688

Near simultaneous observations of the Saturnian H-2 north ultraviolet aurora and the polar haze were made at 153 nm and 210 nm respectively with the Faint Object Camera on board the post-COSTAR Hubble ... [more ▼]

Near simultaneous observations of the Saturnian H-2 north ultraviolet aurora and the polar haze were made at 153 nm and 210 nm respectively with the Faint Object Camera on board the post-COSTAR Hubble Space Telescope. The auroral observations cover a complete rotation of the planet and, when co-added, they reveal the presence of an auroral emission near 80 degrees N with a brightness of about 150 kR of total H-2 emission. The maximum vertical optical depth at 210 nm is found to be located similar to 5 degrees equatorward of the auroral emission zone. The haze particles are presumably formed by hydrocarbon aerosols initiated by H-2(+) auroral production. In this case, the 3 x 10(10) W of H-2 emission observed with the FOG, combined with the deduced haze optical depth requires an efficiency of aerosol formation of about 7%. This result indicates that auroral production of hydrocarbon aerosols is a viable source of high-latitude haze. [less ▲]

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