Luca Montabone
Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO, USA
Email: lmontabone [at] SpaceScience.org

Scientific Production


2017
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Rostami, M., V. Zeitlin, L. Montabone. "On the role of diabatic effects upon the evolution of Mars’ annular polar vortex”. Icarus (submitted)

Conference long abstracts (only first author) and conference proceedings
  • Montabone, L., B. Cantor, F. Forget, D. Kass, A. Kleinboehl, M. D. Smith, M. J. Wolff, "On the Dustiest Locations on Mars from Observations", 6th International Workshop on Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations, Granada (Spain), January 2017 [download]
  • Montabone, L., F. Forget. "Forecasting Dust Storms on Mars: A Short Review", Dust in the Atmosphere of Mars and Its Impact on Human Exploration workshop, Houston, TX (USA), June 2017, LPI contrib. No. 1966 [download]
  • Forget, F., Montabone, L.. "Atmospheric Dust on Mars: A Review", 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Charleston, SC (USA), July 2017, ICES-2017-175 [download]

Data analysis reports
  • Montabone, L., and the LMD team, "Update of all available observations of dust and temperature at Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis, Ls=19", ESA-Thales Alenia Space report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Characterization Phase C/D contract, EXM-D2-TNO-LMD-018_issue2 (September 2017) [restricted download]

2016
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Lopez-Valverde, M.A., L. Montabone, M. Sornig, G. Sonnabend. "On the retrieval of mesospheric winds on Mars and Venus from ground-based observations at 10 micron”. The Astrophysical Journal 816, 103 (2016) [download]
  • Lewis, S.R., D.P. Mulholland, P.L. Read, L. Montabone, R.J. Wilson, M.D. Smith. "The solsticial pause on Mars: 1. A planetary wave reanalysis". Icarus, 264, 456-464 (2016) [download]
  • Waugh, D.W., A.D. Toigo, S.D. Guzewich, S.J. Greybush, R.J. Wilson, L. Montabone. "Martian polar vortices: Comparison of reanalyses". J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 121 (2016) [download]
  • Read, P. L., Barstow, J., Charnay, B., Chelvaniththilan, S., Irwin, P. G. J., Knight, S., Lebonnois, S., Lewis, S. R., Mendonca, J. and Montabone, L. "Global energy budgets and 'Trenberth diagrams' for the climates of terrestrial and gas giant planets". Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 142, 703-720, doi: 10.1002/qj.2704 (2016) [download]

Data analysis reports
  • Montabone, L., and the LMD team, "Analysis of all observations on the distribution of dust and variation of dust properties with altitude at Ls=19", ESA-Thales Alenia Space report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Characterization Phase C/D contract, EXM-D2-TNO-LMD-015 (June 2016) [restricted download]
  • Montabone, L., and the LMD team, "Analysis of all observations on the distribution of dust and variation of dust properties with altitude in local and regional dust storms at Ls=324", ESA-Thales Alenia Space report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Characterization Phase C/D contract, EXM-D2-TNO-LMD-006 (February 2016) [restricted download]
  • Montabone, L., and the LMD team, "Technical note on the analysis of temperature observations at the landing sites at Ls=324 and Ls=19, and MCD validation", ESA-Thales Alenia Space report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Characterization Phase C/D contract, EXM-D2-TNO-LMD-009 (February 2016) [restricted download]

2015
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Montabone, L., F. Forget, E. Millour, R.J. Wilson, S.R. Lewis, B. Cantor, D. Kass, A. Kleinboehl, M. Lemmon, M.D. Smith, M. Wolff. "Eight-year climatology of dust optical depth on Mars", Icarus, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2014.12.034 (2015) [download paper] [download dataset]
  • Mitchell, D.M., L. Montabone, P.L. Read, S.I. Thomson. "The Polar Vortices of Earth and Mars: A Comparative Study of Variability from Reanalyses", Q. J. Royal Met. Soc. 141: 550-562, doi: 10.1002/qj.2376 (2015) [download]
  • Vo, T., L. Montabone, G. Sheard. "Effect of enclosure height on the structure and stability of shear layers induced by differential rotation", J. Fluid Mechanics 765, 45-81 (2015) [download]
  • Tabataba-Vakili F., P.L. Read, S.R. Lewis, L. Montabone, T. Ruan, Y. Wang, A. Valeanu, and R.M.B. Young. "A Lorenz/Boer energy budget for the atmosphere of Mars from a reanalysis of spacecraft observations". Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 8320–8327 (2015) [download]
  • F. Gonzalez-Galindo, M. A. Lopez-Valverde, F. Forget, M. García-Comas, E. Millour, and L. Montabone. "Variability of the Martian thermosphere during eight Martian years as simulated by a ground-to-exosphere global circulation model". J. Geophys. Res., 120:2020-2035 (2015) [download]

Data analysis reports
  • Montabone, L., F. Forget, E. Millour, T. Navarro, "Technical note: Mars weather forecast for the Exomars 2016 EDL", ESA-Thales Alenia Space report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Support Analysis contract, EXM-MS-TNO-LMD-0101 (May 2015) [restricted download]

2014
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Montabone, L., K. Marsh, S.R. Lewis, P.L. Read, M.D. Smith, J. Holmes, A. Spiga, D. Lowe and A. Pamment. "The Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA) Dataset V1.0", Geoscience Data Journal, doi: 10.1002/gdj3.13 (2014) [download]
  • Grassi, D., R. Politi, N. Ignatiev, C. Plainaki, S. Lebonnois, P. Wolkenberg, L. Montabone, A. Migliorini, G. Piccioni, P. Drossart. "The Venus nighttime atmosphere as observed by the VIRTIS-M instrument. Average fields from the complete infrared dataset", J. Geophys Res.-Planets, 119, 837-849, doi:10.1002/2013JE004586 (2014) [download]

Preprint
  • Montabone, L. "Integrating Research into Society within a Cooperative/Collaborative Framework: C-Research" [download preprint]

Conference long abstracts (only first author)
  • Montabone, L., F. Forget, E. Millour, R. J. Wilson, D. M. Mitchell, S. I. Thomson, S. R. Lewis, P. L. Read. "The Martian Dust Chronicle and the Impact on the Atmospheric Polar Vortex", 8th International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, CA (USA), July 2014 [download]
  • Montabone, L., F. Forget, E. Millour, R. J. Wilson, S. R. Lewis, D. Kass, A. Kleinboehl, M. T. Lemmon, M. D. Smith, M. J. Wolff. "Eight Martian Years of Dust Climatology Reconstructed from Spacecraft Observations", 5th International Workshop on Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations, Oxford (UK), January 2014 [download]
  • Montabone, L., D.M. Mitchell, S.I. Thomson, P.L. Read, T. H. McConnochie. "The Martian Polar Vortices in the 'MACDA' Reanalysis: Climatology and Variability", 5th International Workshop on Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations, Oxford (UK), January 2014 [download]


2013
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Montabone, L. "C-Research: A Framework for Integrating Research into Society", Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, vol. 11, n. 5, pp. 67-71 (2013) [download]
  • Vo, T., L. Montabone, G. Sheard. "Linear stability analysis of a shear layer induced by differential coaxial rotation within a cylindrical enclosure", J. Fluid Mechanics 738, 299-334 (2013) [download]
  • Sefton-Nash, E., N.A. Teanby, L. Montabone, P.G.J. Irwin, J. Hurley, S.B. Calcutt. "Climatology and first-order composition estimates of mesospheric clouds from Mars Climate Sounder limb spectra", Icarus 222, Issue 1, 342-356 (2013) [download]

Other research products
  • Montabone, L., J. Holmes, A. Spiga, "The Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA) plotter". [Web Interface link]

Conference long abstracts (only first author)
  • Montabone, L., D.M. Mitchell, S.I. Thomson, P.L. Read. "The Morphology of the Polar Vortices on Mars and Earth from Atmospheric Reanalyses", AGU Chapman Conference Crossing the Boundaries in Planetary Atmospheres: From Earth to Exoplanets, Annapolis, MD (USA), June 2013 [download]
  • Montabone, L., S.I. Thomson, R.J. Wilson, F. Forget, S.R. Lewis, E. Millour. "Using Reconstructed Dust Climatology to Study the Impacts of Martian Dust Storms on Dynamics", European Planetary Science Congress, London (UK), September 2013 [download]
  • Montabone, L., D.M. Mitchell, S.I. Thomson, P.L. Read. "Polar Vortices on Mars and Earth from Atmospheric Reanalyses", European Planetary Science Congress, London (UK), September 2013 [download]
  • Montabone, L., J. Mendonca, S. Lebonnois, C. F. Wilson. "The Sesonality of the Atmospheric Polar Vortices on Venus compared to Earth, Mars, and Titan", European Planetary Science Congress, London (UK), September 2013 [download]

Invited talks

2012
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Migliorini, A., D. Grassi, L. Montabone, S. Lebonnois, P. Drossart, G. Piccioni, "Investigation of air temperature on the nightside of Venus derived from VIRTIS-H on board Venus-Express", Icarus 217, 640-647 (2012) [download]

Other research products
  • Montabone, L.. "Mars Climate Database dust scenarios for Martian Years 24-30 (Beta version 1.2)". [NetCDF files link]

Data analysis reports
  • Montabone, L., F. Forget, E. Millour, S.R. Lewis, "New dust scenarios for the Mars Climate Model: Martian Years 24-29", ESA-CNES report, Martian Climate Database and Physical Models contract, Work Package 12.2.1, ESA 11369/95/NL/JG(SC) CCN8 (2012) [restricted download]
  • Montabone, L., E. Millour, F. Forget, "Design of a new global dust storm scenario for GCM simulations", ESA-Thales Alenia report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Support Analysis contract, EXM-MS-TNO-LMD-0052 (2012) [restricted download]
  • Montabone, L.. "Update on the analysis of available atmospheric observations at Exomars' preliminary landing site", ESA-Thales Alenia report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Support Analysis contract, Work Package CD5, EXM-MS-TNO-LMD-0063 (2012) [restricted download]

Conference long abstracts (only first author)
  • Montabone, L., E. Millour, F. Forget, and S.R. Lewis. "Seven-Year Climatology of Dust Opacity on Mars", European Planetary Science Congress 2012, Madrid (Spain), September 2012 [download]

2011
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Madeleine, J.-B., F. Forget, E. Millour, L. Montabone,, M.J. Wolff, “Revisiting the radiative impact of dust on Mars using the LMD Global Climate Model”, J. Geophys. Res. 116, E15, 11010-+ (2011) [download]
  • Spiga, A., F. Forget, J.-B. Madeleine, L. Montabone, S.R. Lewis, E. Millour, “The impact of Martian mesoscale winds on surface temperature and on the determination of thermal inertia”, Icarus 212, 504-519 (2011) [download]

Other research products
  • Montabone, L., S.R. Lewis, P.L. Read. "Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA): MGS/TES v1.0". NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, doi: 10.5285/78114093-E2BD-4601-8AE5-3551E62AEF2B (2011). [Archived dataset link]

Data analysis reports
  • Montabone, L.. “Update on the analysis of available atmospheric observations at Exomars' preliminary landing site (Meridiani) and preliminary analysis of backup landing site (Elysium)”, ESA-Thales Alenia report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Support Analysis contract, Work Package 5.2, EXM-MS-TNO-LMD-0036 (2011) [restricted download]

Conference long abstracts (only first author)
  • Montabone, L., P.L. Read, S.R. Lewis, M.D. Smith, A. Kleinboehl, D. Kass, T. Schofield, and D.J. McCleese. "A Five Mars Year Climatology from Data assimilation Using MGS/TES and MRO/MCS Observations", 4th International Workshop on Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations, Paris, (France), February 2011 [download]
  • Montabone, L., M.T. Lemmon, M.D. Smith, M.J. Wolff, F. Forget, and E. Millour. "Reconciling Dust Opacity Datasets and Building Multi-Annual Dust Scenarios For Mars Atmospheric Models", 4th International Workshop on Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations, Paris, (France), February 2011 [download]

2010
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Grassi, D., A. Migliorini, L. Montabone, S. Lebonnois, A. Cardesìn-Moinelo, G. Piccioni, P. Drossart and L.V. Zasova, “The thermal structure of Venusian night-time mesosphere as observed by VIRTIS-Venus Express”, J. Geophys. Res. -Planets 115, E14, 9007-+ (2010) [download]
  • Rogberg, P., P.L. Read, S.R. Lewis, L. Montabone, “Assessing atmospheric predictability on Mars using numerical weather prediction and data assimilation”, Quart.J. Roy. Met. Soc. 136, 1614-1635 (2010) [download]

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings
  • Montabone, L., R. Wordsworth, A. Aguiar, T. Jacoby, P.L. Read, T. McClimans, I. Ellingsen. "Barotropic instability of planetary polar vortices: concept, experimental set-up and parameter space analysis", Proceedings of the HYDRALAB III Joint User Meeting, Hannover (Germany), February 2010 [download]
  • Montabone, L., R. Wordsworth, A. Aguiar, T. Jacoby, M. Manfrin, P.L. Read, A. Castrejon-Pita, L. Gostiaux, J. Sommeria, S. Viboud, H. Didelle. "Barotropic instability of planetary polar vortices: CIV analysis of specific multi-lobed structures", Proceedings of the HYDRALAB III Joint User Meeting, Hannover (Germany), February 2010 [download]

Data analysis reports
  • Montabone, L., E. Millour, F. Forget, “Report on Analysis of Available Atmospheric Observations at Phase B2X landing Site”, ESA-Thales Alenia report, Exomars Environmental Atmospheric Support Analysis contract, Work Package 2, EXM-MS-TNO-LMD-0016 (2010) [restricted download]

Before 2010 (only selected production)
Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Martinez-Alvarado, O., L. Montabone, S.R. Lewis, I. Moroz, P.L. Read, “Transient teleconnection event at the onset of a planet-encircling dust storm on Mars”, Annales Geophysicae 27, 3663–3676 (2009) [download]
  • Martinez-Alvarado, O., I. Moroz, P. L. Read, S.R. Lewis, L. Montabone, “Low-order dynamical behaviour in the martian atmosphere 1: Diagnosis of general circulation model results”, Icarus 204, 48-62 (2009) [download]
  • Wilson, R.J., S.R. Lewis, L. Montabone, M.D. Smith, “Influence of water ice clouds on Martian tropical atmospheric temperatures”, Geophys. Res. Lett. 35, 7202-7207 (2008) [download]
  • Giuranna, M., D. Grassi, V. Formisano, L. Montabone, F. Forget, L. Zasova, “PFS/MEX observations of the condensing CO2 south polar cap of Mars”, Icarus 197, 386-402 (2008) [download]
  • Montabone, L., S. R. Lewis, P. L. Read and D. Hinson, “Validation of Martian meteorological data assimilation for MGS/TES using radio occultation measurements”, Icarus 185, 113-132 (2006) [download]
  • Montabone, L., S. R. Lewis, P. L. Read and P. Withers, “Reconstructing the weather on Mars at the time of MERs and Beagle 2 landings”, Geophys. Res. Lett. 33, 19202-19207 (2006) [download]
  • Montabone, L., S. R. Lewis, P. L. Read, “Interannual variability of Martian dust storms in assimilation of several years of Mars Global Surveyor observations”, Adv. in Space Research 36, 2146-2155 (2005) [download]
  • Ferrero, E., A. Longhetto, L. Montabone, L. Mortarini, M. Manfrin, J. Sommeria, H. Didelle, C. Giraud, U. Rizza, “Physical simulations of neutral boundary layer in rotating tank”, Il Nuovo Cimento C, Vol. 28C, N.1, 1-17 (2005) [download]
  • Longhetto, A., L. Montabone, A. Provenzale, H. Didelle, C. Giraud, D.Bertoni, R. Forza, “Coherent Vortices in Rotating Flows: a Laboratory View”, Il Nuovo Cimento C, Vol. 25C, N.2, 233-249 (2002) [download]

Book contributions
  • Montabone, L.. "Future Climate Changes on Mars: Science Fiction or Possible Reality?", Commentary for the book: Planet Mars Research Focus, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY (USA), 2008 [download]

PhD Thesis
  • Montabone, L.. "Vortex Dynamics and Particle Transport in Barotropic Turbulence", University of Genoa, Italy (2002) [download]