Scot C. R. Rafkin, Assistant Director
Planetary Atmospheres and Surfaces
Department of Space Studies
Southwest Research Institute
Boulder, Colorado, USA 80302
720-240-0116 (Tel)
303-546-9687 (Fax)
rafkin(.at.)boulder(.dot.)swri(.dot.)edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF -- 96 KB)

Publications and a Few Key Presentations (or GoogleScholar Me!)

Rafkin, S. C. R, C. Zeitlin, B. Ehresmann, D. Hassler, J, Guo, J. Kohler, R. Wimmer-Schweingruber, J. Gomez-Elvira, A.-M. Harri, H. Kahanapp, D. E. Brinza, G. Weigle, S. Bottcher, E. Bohm, S. Burmeister, C. Martin, G. Reitz, F. A. Cucinotta, M.-H. Kim, D. Grinspoon, M. A. Bullock, A. Posner, and the MSL Science Team, Diurnal Variations of Energetic Particle Radiation at the Surface of Mars as Observed by the Mars Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment Detector J. Geophys. Res. In Press, doi:10.1002/2013JE004525

Wilson, C. F., E. Chassefierre, E. Hinglais, K.H. Baines, T.S. Balint, J.-J. Berthelier, J. Blamont, G. Durry, Cs. Ferencz, R.E. Grimm, T. Imamura, Jean-Luc Josset, F. Leblanc, S. Lebonnois, J.J. Leitner, S.S. Limaye, B. Marty, E. Palomba, S.V. Pogrebenko, S.C.R. Rafkin, D.L. Talboys,R. Wieler, L.V. Zasova, C. Szopa, and the EVE team:The 2010 European Venus Explorer (EVE) mission proposal. Experimental Astron. In Press

Rafkin, S. C. R.,2011: The Potential Importance of Non-Local, Deep Transport on the Energetics, Momentum, Chemistry, and Aersol Distributions in the Atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and Titan. Plan. and Space. Sci., In Press doi:10.1016/j.pss.2011.07.015

Rafkin, S. C. R.,2011: The Potential Importance of Non-Local, Deep Transport on the Energetics, Momentum, Chemistry, and Aersol Distributions in the Atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and Titan. Plan. and Space. Sci., In Press doi:10.1016/j.pss.2011.07.015

Rafkin, S. C. R., A. Rothchild, T. I. Michaels, and R. A. Pielke, 2011: Wind-Enhanced Interactin of Radiation and Dust (WEIRD) and the Growth and Maintenance of Local Dust Storms on Mars. Mars. in review

Brecht, A. S., S. W. Bougher, J.-C. Gerard, C. D. Parkinson, S. Rafkin, and B. Foster, 2011: Understanding the Variability of Nightside Temperatures, NO UV and O2 IR Nightglow Emissions in the Venus Upper Atmosphere. J. Geophys. Res., in press.

Kite, E. S., T. I. Michaels, S. Rafkin, M. Manga, and W. E. Dietrich, 2011: Localized precipitation and runoff on Mars. J. Geophys. Res., in press

Barth, E., and S. C. R. Rafkin, 2009: Convective Cloud Heights as a Diagnostic for Methane Environment on Titan. Icarus, In press.

Michaels T. I., S. C. R. Rafkin 2008: Meteorological predictions for candidate 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander sites using the Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS), J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A07, doi:10.1029/2007JE003013.

Rafkin, S. C. R., 2009: A positive radiative-dynamic feedback mechanism for the maintenance and growth of Martian dust storms, J. Geophys. Res., 114, E01009, doi:10.1029/2008JE003217.

Barth, E., and S. C. R. Rafkin, 2009: Convective Cloud Heights as a Diagnostic for Methane Environment on Titan. Icarus, In press.

Michaels T. I., S. C. R. Rafkin 2008: Meteorological predictions for candidate 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander sites using the Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS), J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A07, doi:10.1029/2007JE003013.

Tamppari L. K., et al., 2008: Expected atmospheric environment for the Phoenix landing season and location, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A20, doi:10.1029/2007JE003034.

Bertaux J.-L., A.-C. Vandaele3, O. Korablev, E. Villard, A. Fedorova, D. Fussen, E. Quémerais, D. Belyaev, A. Mahieux, F. Montmessin, C. Muller, E. Neefs, D. Nevejans, V. Wilquet, J. P. Dubois, A. Hauchecorne, A. Stepanov, I. Vinogradov, A. Rodin & the SPICAV/SOIR team, 2007: A Warm Layer in Venus’ Cryosphere and high-altitude measurements of HF, H2O, and HDO. Nature, 450, 646-649, doi:10.1038/nature05974.

Barth, E. L. and S. C. R. Rafkin, 2007: TRAMS: A new dynamic cloud model for Titan's methane clouds. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L03203, doi:10.1029/2006GL028652.

Atreya, S. K., A.-S. Wong, N. O. Renno, W. M. Farrell, G. T. Delory, D. D. Sentman, S. A. Cummer, J. R. Marshall, S. C. R. Rafkin, and D. C. Catling, 2006: Oxidant Enhancement in Martian Dust Devils and Storms: Implications for Life and Habitability. Astrobiology, Vol. 6, No. 3 : 439-450.

Greeley, R., R. E. Arvidson, P. W. Barlett, D. Blaney, N. A. Cabrol, P. R. Christensen, R. L. Fergason, M. P. Gomobek, G. A. Landis, M. T. Lemmon, S. M. McLennan, J. N. Maki, T. Michaels, J. E. Morsch, L. D. V. Neakrase, S. C. R. Rafkin, L. Richter, S. W. Squyers, P. A. de Souza, R. J. Sullivan, S. D. Thompson, and P. L. Whetley, 2006: Gusev Crater: Wind-Related Features and Processes Observed by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. J. Geophys. Res., 111, E02s09, doi:10.1029/2005JE002491.

Bougher, S. W., S. Rafkin, and P. Drossart, 2006: Dynamics of the Venus Upper Atmosphere: Outstanding Problems and New Constraints Expected From Venus Express. Plan. Space. Sci., In Press.

Delory, G. T., W. M. Farrell, S. K. Atreya, N. O. Renno, A.-S. Wong, S. A. Cummer, D. D. Sentman, J. R. Marshall, S. C. R. Rafkin, and D. C. Catling, 2006: Oxidant Enhancement in Martian Dust Devils and Storms: Implications for Life and Habitability. Astrobiology, Vol. 6, No. 3 : 451-462.

Michael, T. I., A. Colaprete, and S. C. R. Rafkin, 2006: Significant Vertical Water Transport by Mountain-Induced Circulations on Mars. Geophys. Res. Lett. 33, L16201, doi:10.1029/2006GL026562.

Sta. Maria, M. R. V., S. C. R. Rafkin, T. I. Michaels, 2006: Numerical Simulation of Atmospheric Bore Waves on Mars. Icarus, 185, 383-394. doi:10.1016j.icarus.2006.07.006.

A. Posner, D. M. Hassler, D. J. McComas, S. Rafkin, R. F. Wimmer-Schweingruber, E. Bohn, S. Botthcer, S. Burmeister, W. Dorge, B. Heber, 2005: A high energy telescope for the Solar Orbiter. Adv. Space. Res. 36, 1426-1431.

Michaels, Timothy I. and S. C. R. Rafkin, 2004: Large eddy simulation of the convective boundary layer of Mars. Quart. Journ. Royal Met. Soc., 130, 1251-1274

Rafkin, S. C. R., T. I. Michaels, and R. M. Haberle 2003: Meteorological predictions for the Beagle 2 mission to Mars. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L01703, 10.1029/2003GL018966.

Rafkin, S. C. R., M. R. V. Sta. Maria, and T. I. Michaels, 2002: Simulation of the atmospheric thermal circulation of a martian volcano using a mesoscale numerical model. Nature, 419, 697-699.

Kass, D. M., J. T. Schofield, T. I. Michaels, S.C.R. Rafkin, M. I. Richardson, and A. D. Toigo, 2003: Analysis of Atmospheric Mesoscale Models for Entry, Descent and Landing. J. Geophys. Res. (submitted).

Rafkin, S. C. R. and T. I. Michaels, 2003: Meterological predictions for 2003 Mars Exploration Rover high-priority landing sites. J. Geophys. Res, 108 No. E12,10.1029/2002JE002027

Rafkin, S. C. R., Haberle, R. M., and T. I. Michaels, 2001: The Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS): Model description and selected simulations. Icarus, 151, 228-256.

Kuzmin, Ruslan, O, R. Greeley, S. C. R. Rafkin and R. M. Haberle, 2001: Wind-related modification of some small impact craters on Mars. Icarus, 153, 61-70.

Home of the Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System
Current Research Topics
  • Mars Climate Simulations with a Multi-Scale Numerical Model.
  • Meteorological Predictions for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory Mission.
  • Large Eddy Simulations of Mars' Convective Planetary Boundary Layer.
  • Dynamics of local Mars Dust Storms.
  • Mesoscale Circulations Associated with Extreme Topography of Mars.
  • Development of a Titan General Circulation Model
  • Dynamics of Titan Clouds
Recent Research Results (Links Not Yet Active)
  • Some regional dust storms on Mars may behave like hurricanes.
  • Titan cloud modeling provides constraints on large-scale methane abundance.
  • MRAMS simulations contribute to successful landing of Mars Phoenix Scout Mission.
  • The SwRI Boulder-based Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) soon to be delivered to MSL for 2009 launch.
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