Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets
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 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.
Part I: Foundations
Shawn Domagal-Goldman and Antigona Segura
Part II: The Greenhouse Effect and Atmospheric Dynamics
G. Schubert and J. Mitchell
Francois Forget and Sebastien Lebonnois
Part III: Clouds, Hazes, and Precipitation
A. Määttänen, K. Pérot, F. Montmessin, and A. Hauchecorne
Part IV: Surface-Atmosphere Interactions
Teresa Segura et al.
D. A. Brain, F. Leblanc, J. G. Luhmann, T. E. Moore, and F. Tian
Part V: Solar Influences on Planetary Climate
F. Tian, E. Chassefiere, F. Leblanc, and D. Brain
David Des Marais
“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