How to use it in Classes?


The various data-type diagrams are suggested to be used simultaneously. The diagrams can be used for different purposes in different combinations. In our database various types of data are displayed in separated diagrams.  In actual use for educational purposes, the following tasks can be given to students; computing, plotting the values and comparing them to their terrestrial counterparts (measured locally or taken from literature, like here).

Special Lines:
Line showing the freezing point of water
Line showing the freezing point of CO2
Line of Mars Tropics and special Circles

Computed data:
Annual average of temperature
Absolute min/max temperature (value/date)
Annual temperature range
Max./Min diurnal temperature range (value, date)
Max/min pressure (value/date/season)
Duration of the frost cover (sols) (number of sols when temperature is below/at the freezing point of CO2)
Number of sols when temperature can be 02 C
Number of sols when temperature can be >2C
Approx. duration in a sol when temperature is 02 C
Number of sols when dust activity is high (with dates of a specific year)
Number of possible freeze-thaw (H2O) / frost-sublimation (CO2) cycles per year
Characteristic dust storm months

Some phenomena observable in the diagrams:
Effects of dust storm (crosscheck dust diagrams and day/night temperature): max. temp decreases, min. temp increases.
Diurnal temperature change in winter/summer: difference is greater in summer
Effect of solar distance in low latitudes (Equator temperature curve) and high latitudes (length of summer)
Pressure diagrams: effect of height and tempera-ture (CO2 sublimation) (etc.)
Change from Viking (1977) to TES (2001) (Higher max. temperatures)

Geographic use:
Using the diagrams, lines of spe-cial climatic boundaries are created (for example, line of occurrence 0C). From these, climatic zones can be defined. These are then correlated (linked) to the ob-served geomorphologic features and then predictions can be make to occurrences of geomorphologic fea-tures (like relaxed craters, polygonal patterned ground etc) or phenomena. Thus,  climatic explanation of geomorphologic phenomena can be made.