Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
592
Utgivningsdatum
2013-12-30
Förlag
University of Arizona Press
Illustrationer
colour illustrations, maps, figures
Dimensioner
228 x 152 x 38 mm
Vikt
1905 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780816530595
Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets (inbunden)

Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets

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The early development of life, a fundamental question for humankind, requires the presence of a suitable planetary climate. Our understanding of how habitable planets come to be begins with the worlds closest to home. Venus, Earth, and Mars differ only modestly in their mass and distance from the Sun, yet their current climates could scarcely be more divergent. Only Earth has abundant liquid water, Venus has a runaway greenhouse, and evidence for life-supporting conditions on Mars points to a bygone era. In addition, an Earth-like hydrologic cycle has been revealed in a surprising place: Saturn's cloud-covered satellite Titan has liquid hydrocarbon rain, lakes, and river networks. Deducing the initial conditions for these diverse worlds and unravelling how and why they diverged to their current climates is a challenge at the forefront of planetary science. Through the contributions of more than sixty leading experts in the field, Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets sets forth the foundations for this emerging new science and brings the reader to the forefront of our current understanding of atmospheric formation and climate evolution. Particular emphasis is given to surface-atmosphere interactions, evolving stellar flux, mantle processes, photochemistry, and interactions with the interplanetary environment, all of which influence the climatology of terrestrial planets. From this cornerstone, both current professionals and most especially new students are brought to the threshold, enabling the next generation of new advances in our own solar system and beyond.
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"A fantastic gateway into new research across the critically important field of planetary climatology."--Choice "Through the contributions of more than 60 leading experts in the field, Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets sets forth the foundations for this emerging new science and brings the reader to the forefront of our current understanding of atmospheric formation and climate evolution."--Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin Through the contributions of more than 60 leading experts in the field, "Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets" sets forth the foundations for this emerging new science and brings the reader to the forefront of our current understanding of atmospheric formation and climate evolution." "Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin"" Part I: FoundationsJim HansenMark BullockScot RafkinCaitlin GriffithShawn Domagal-Goldman and Antigona SeguraKevin Zahnle Part II: The Greenhouse Effect and Atmospheric DynamicsCurt CoveyG. Schubert and J. MitchellTim DowlingFrancois Forget and Sebastien LebonnoisVladimir KrasnopolskyAdam Showman Part III: Clouds, Hazes, and PrecipitationLarry EspositoA. Maattanen, K. Perot, F. Montmessin, and A. HauchecorneNilton RennoZibi TurtleMark Marley Part IV: Surface-Atmosphere InteractionsColin GoldblattTeresa Segura et al.John GrotzingerAdrian LenardicD. A. Brain, F. Leblanc, J. G. Luhmann, T. E. Moore, and F. Tian Part V: Solar Influences on Planetary Climate Aaron ZentJerry HarderF. Tian, E. Chassefiere, F. Leblanc, and D. BrainDavid Des Marais

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Stephen J. Mackwell currently serves as director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth Science at Rice University, USA. Amy A. Simon-Miller is the associate director for Strategic Science at NASA Goddard in Maryland, USA. Jerald W. Harder is an instrument scientist for the Spectral Irradiance Monitor (SIM) on the NASA-sponsored Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE). Mark A. Bullock is the Planetary Physics Section manager at the Southwest Research Institute, located in Boulder, Colorado, USA.