Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets PDF ePub eBook

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Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets free pdf 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 unraveling how and why they diverged to their current climates is a challenge at the forefront of planetary science. Through the contributions of more than seventy 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.
Contents
Part I: Foundations
Jim Hansen
Mark Bullock
Scot Rafkin
Caitlin Griffith
Shawn Domagal-Goldman and Antigona Segura
Kevin Zahnle
Part II: The Greenhouse Effect and Atmospheric Dynamics
Curt Covey
G. Schubert and J. Mitchell
Tim Dowling
Francois Forget and Sebastien Lebonnois
Vladimir Krasnopolsky
Adam Showman
Part III: Clouds, Hazes, and Precipitation
Larry Esposito
A. Maattanen, K. Perot, F. Montmessin, and A. Hauchecorne
Nilton Renno
Zibi Turtle
Mark Marley
Part IV: Surface-Atmosphere Interactions
Colin Goldblatt
Teresa Segura et al.
John Grotzinger
Adrian Lenardic
D. A. Brain, F. Leblanc, J. G. Luhmann, T. E. Moore, and F. Tian
Part V: Solar Influences on Planetary Climate
Aaron Zent
Jerry Harder
F. Tian, E. Chassefiere, F. Leblanc, and D. Brain
David Des Marais

About Steve Mackwell

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.

Details Book

Author : Steve Mackwell
Publisher : University of Arizona Press
Data Published : 25 September 2013
ISBN : 0816530599
EAN : 9780816530595
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 592 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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