Venus Cloud Models

  • Steven C. Wofsy
  • Nien Dak Sze
Part of the Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 51)


Remote observations of Venus are reviewed. The strongest inferences of cloud properties can be drawn from the polarization data which provide information about the cloud particles near 68 km. Particle properties are not as well determined at higher and lower levels. If the clouds are generated photo-chemically from reduced sulfur species, the supply of O2 may be an important constraint on cloud production. Finally, vapor-pressure data are reviewed. Deep clouds cannot be H2SO4-H2O aerosols unless the mixing ratios of both H2SO4 and H2O approach 10-3 below 50 km.


Optical Depth Lower Atmosphere Vertical Transport Cloud Particle Cloud Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven C. Wofsy
    • 1
  • Nien Dak Sze
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Earth and Planetary PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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