Dr. Dowling's Research Page

Prof. Dowling studies planetary atmospheres and specializes in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics. He is the Principal Investigator on the development of the EPIC Atmospheric model, funded by NASA and NSF, which is a general circulation model (GCM) designed for planetary applications. EPIC stands for "Explicit Planetary Isentropic Coordinate" and is a leading model for the atmospheres of the gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The model can also be used to simulate the atmospheres of terrestrial-class atmospheres, including Venus, Earth, Mars and Titan (a large moon of Saturn with a substantial atmosphere). Some topics Prof. Dowling and his students and postdocs are working on include: Jupiter's Great Red Spot, thunderstorms on Jupiter and Saturn, jet-stream stability, jet streams in the Martian atmosphere, and the dynamics of vortices and clouds on Uranus and Neptune.

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Review Articles

Dowling, T.E., 2014, Saturn’s Longitude: Rise of the Second Branch of Shear Stability Theory and Fall of the First, Int. J. Mod. Phys. D 23 (4), 1–32, doi:10.1142/S0218271814300067.

Dowling, T.E., 2013, Earth General Circulation Models, in Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets (SJ Mackwell et al., eds.), U. Arizona Press, doi:10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816530595-ch009.

Dowling, T.E., 2008, News and Views: Music of the Stratospheres, Nature 453, 163-164, doi:10.1038/453163a.

Dowling, T.E., Showman AP, 2006, Chapter 9. Earth as a Planet: Atmosphere and Oceans, Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 2nd Ed., Academic, 169–188.

Bagenal F., Dowling, T.E., McKinnon WB, 2004, Chapter 1. Introduction, in Jupiter: the Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere, Bagenal, Dowling, and McKinnon (eds.), Cambridge Univ. Press., 1-18.

Ingersoll, A.P., Dowling, T.E., Gierasch, P.J., Orton, G.S., Read, P.L., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Showman, A.P., Simon-Miller, A.A., Vasavada, A.R., 2004, Chapter 6. Dynamics of Jupiter’s Atmosphere, in Jupiter: The Planet, Satellites, and Magnetosphere, Bagenal, Dowling, and McKinnon (eds.), Cambridge Univ. Press, 105-128.

Dowling, T.E., 2003, Jupiter, Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology, Wiley, 871-889.

Dowling, T.E., 2001, Oceans, Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, IOP Publishing LTD and Nature Publishing Group, 1919-1928.

Dowling, T.E., 1997, Jupiter: Atmosphere, Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences, Shirley J.H. & Fairbridge, R.W., Eds., Chapman & Hall, 367-371.

Dowling, T.E., 1995, Dynamics of Jovian atmospheres, Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 27: 293-334.

Dowling, T.E., Spiegel EA, 1990, Stellar and Jovian vortices, Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 617, 190--216.