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Cloud Formation in the Atmosphere of Jupiter

Advisor’s Name



Assistant Professor


University of California Santa Cruz





Research Interests and Current Projects


Research Interests: Planetary Climate

Current Projects: (1) Dynamical modeling of atmospheres on giant planets

(2) Dynamical-Chemical modeling of Venus’ atmosphere


Title of the URP

Cloud Formation in the Atmosphere of Jupiter

URP Host

x  Advisor’s Institution          USTC

URP Financial Support

x  No       Living Cost       Traveling Cost     

 Living and Traveling Cost

 Others (please specify):

URP Start Time





Brief Description of the URP

The NASA JUNO mission will arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. It is likely to resolve some long-term mysteries in planetary science, such as the abundances and distributions of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere of Jupiter, also the main components of Jovian clouds. It is a perfect time to study how those tracer species interact with atmospheric flows and how clouds form in the troposphere. In this project, we are going to use a 1D cloud formation model to simulate the transport of condensable tracer species from the deep interior and their condensation in the observable atmosphere. The model results will be compared with Cassini flyby data and the incoming data from JUNO.    

Requirements for Students

and Prerequisite Courses


Computing skills: Fortran or C/C++

Prerequisite Courses: Calculus, Linear Algebra, mechanics, Differential equations




Some Information:

1.      The School of Earth and Space Sciences (SESS), USTC recruits ~100 undergraduate students each year in five academic programs: solid Earth geophysics, space physics, atmospheric sciences, geochemistry, and environmental sciences.  About 20-30% of senior undergraduate students will choose to pursue their PhD in top foreign institutions in the US, Canada, or European countries. The URP summer project is designed for the 3rd year undergraduate students who have already accomplished a few core courses in each program.

2.      For “URP Location”, if you prefer to supervise the student in your institution, please choose “Advisor’s Institution”; if you want to remotely supervise the student at USTC, please choose ‘USTC’. For each student who conducts the URP, we will assign one contact advisor in SESS, USTC to help the foreign advisor more effectively communicate with the student if needed.

3.      For “URP Financial Support”, about 20 excellent undergraduate students in SESS received full financial support from USTC to conduct the URP in top foreign institutions in 2015, including MIT and Caltech. Some other students may have partial financial support from USTC. If you do have some funding to support or partially support the student who takes the URP in your institution, please mark your choice by underlining the corresponding texts.

4.      For “URP Start Time” and “URP End Time”, the preferred UPR time for USTC students is between late June and early September, normally about 8 weeks.  

5.      If a foreign advisor has multiple projects, please fill out a separate form for each project.

6.      We will interview all students who intend to conduct the URP with the foreign advisors to make sure that they are well qualified, including English communication skills. We encourage foreign advisors have separate interview with the students who are interested in his/her projects if necessary.

7.      Please submit this form to Ms. Chanjuan Sun ( is in charge of international exchange affairs in SESS, USTC.

8.      The submission deadline for the URP form is March 10, 2016. We will organize the students’ interview in mid March.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Huajian Yao (, the vice dean in charge of educational affairs in SESS, USTC.