The Ashima Research Planetary Climate and Weather Group
The Planetary Climate and Weather Group is a major division of Ashima Research, a research company based in California. The Planetary Climate and Weather Group is primarily focused on understanding the dynamic behavior of planetary atmospheres and climate systems. Active research focuses on Mars, Venus, and Saturn’s moon Titan. We use three main approaches to examine these systems: Analysis of spacecraft data; Development of computational models designed to simulate planetary atmospheres and climate systems; Design and development new spacecraft instruments.
Model and Data Access Web Sites that Ashima Research Operates:
PlanetWRF Model Page
This is now somewhat out-of-date. We have a new release based on WRFV3.3.1 that will be brought online in the next few months.
Top: Image of Mars constructed from Mars Orbiter Camera Wide Angle images. The images are used to track the development of dust storms and water ice clouds. Lower left: General Circulation Model simulations of a frontal dust storm on Mars. Lower right: A proposed boundary layer instrument for a Mars rover or lander. Work on all three areas (data analysis, modeling, and instrument developed) is done in the group.