Venus Climate Database Web Documentation

What Climate and Meteorology are there on Venus?

Just like on the Earth, there are winds and clouds on Venus... but contrary to our planet, the surface of Venus is very warm, more than 700K, and the pressure is huge, leading to a lot of exotic meteorological events.
Venus' atmosphere is a complete and complex system, governed by specific physical, dynamical and chemical processes, which can be observed and understood.
The diurnal cycle, combined to the EUV solar flux and cloud albedo variabilities, make the planet's climate quite variable in space and time.
These variations can be modelled and predicted, and this is what the Venus Climate Database is about.

What is the Venus Climate Database?

The Venus Climate Database (VCD) aims at providing scientists, engineers and enthusiasts with a realistic and reliable modelisation of the Venusian climatological system.
The VCD is a database of meteorological fields derived from General Circulation Model (GCM) numerical simulations of the Venusian atmosphere and validated using available observational data.
The GCM is developed at LMD (Paris, France), in collaboration with LATMOS (both laboratories belonging to the Insitute Pierre Simon Laplace, IPSL) with support from CNES and from the European Space Agency (ESA).
The VCD is freely distributed and intended to be useful and used in the framework of engineering applications as well as in the context of scientific studies which require accurate knowledge of the state of the Venusian atmosphere.

How to cite the Venus Climate Database? (click to expand/fold section)

What are the Solar Extreme UV and Cloud Albedo scenarios? (click to expand/fold section)

How does the VCD interpolate to high resolution topography? (click to expand/fold section)

What's more in the full version of the VCD? (click to expand/fold section)

Complete documentation of the VCD (click to expand/fold section)

How does the Venus Planetary Cimate Model (V-PCM) work? (click to expand/fold section)

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