IRTF Data Archive Program Information

# # Program information file # PROGRAM_ID 2023A053 PROGRAM_TITLE Time-dependent mapping of trace gases on Venus at several altitudes PROGRAM_INV1 Eliot Young PROGRAM_INV2 Mark Bullock PROGRAM_INV3 Kandice-Lea Jessup PROGRAM_INV4 PROGRAM_INV5 PROGRAM_SCICAT major planets / satellites PROGRAM_ABSTRACT_BEG Several trace gases can be mapped from spectral image cubes of Venus's nightside. We propose to use iSHELL in selected CO2 spectral windows at 1.18, 1.74 and 2.25-2.5 um to map the distribution of trace gases [CO, OCS, H2O, SO2, HCl and HF] at different altitudes below the cloud base. There are several reasons to get these maps. The H2O and SO2 abundances are tests of models of cloud production and dissipation. The abundances of CO and OCS may be proxies for regions of upwelling and downwelling flows. The abundances of HF and HCl potentially constrain surface/atmosphere coupling by surface minerals and are also tracers of volcanic activity. PROGRAM_ABSTRACT_END