Meteorological Survey of Mars For Opposition Years 1965 - 1995
ASSOCIATION OF LUNAR AND PLANETARY OBSERVERS (ALPO) MEMPHIS TN
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Starting with the 1964-65 Apparition of Mars, the International Mars Patrol I.M.P. began a syst observing program designed to record all meteorological activity on Mars using pre-selected colored filt observing techniques developed by the well known Mars authority Charles F. Chick Capen, Senior A. Mars Recorder. A continuation of the systematic ground-based support for Mars studies represents apparitions of study. The I .M.P. coordinated the efforts of 1,074 astronomers located the United States foreign countries interested in detailed study of the planet Mars organized for a 24-hour surveillance pr of the planet during each apparition. The I.M.P. is the primary observing program for the Mars Section Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers A.L.P.O.. The I.M.P. archives contain 26,161 observations of Mars to date. A catalog of 24,130 observations of M been used for this survey. This paper presents statistical analyses from the wealth of data obtained dur 31-year period from 1964 through 1995 for investigating seasonal and long-term pafterns in the meteorology and climate. Part-I of the Meteorology of Mars report series briefly described methods used in the analysis and pre detailed results of the 1981-82 Martian Environmental and Climatic Survey, Beish et 11, 1986. Infor pertaining to part one was obtained from observations of the Institute for Planetary Research Observ I.P.R.O.. Further analysis using data from the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers A.L.P.O. Section observation records were presented in Meteorology of Mars Parts-Il, Beish et al, 1987, and P Beishetal, 1987. A complete systematic survey of I.M.P. observations of Mars resulted in publication of a more detaile analysis of bright aerosols and condensates reported by A.L.P.O.I.M.P. observers during 1968 thro 1985 and was presented to the American Geophysical Union Beish and Parker, 1990.