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Atmospheric Evolution on Inhabited and Lifeless Worlds

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  • Date Published: May 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521844123

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  • As the search for Earth-like exoplanets gathers pace, in order to understand them, we need comprehensive theories for how planetary atmospheres form and evolve. Written by two well-known planetary scientists, this text explains the physical and chemical principles of atmospheric evolution and planetary atmospheres, in the context of how atmospheric composition and climate determine a planet's habitability. The authors survey our current understanding of the atmospheric evolution and climate on Earth, on other rocky planets within our Solar System, and on planets far beyond. Incorporating a rigorous mathematical treatment, they cover the concepts and equations governing a range of topics, including atmospheric chemistry, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, and atmospheric dynamics, and provide an integrated view of planetary atmospheres and their evolution. This interdisciplinary text is an invaluable one-stop resource for graduate-level students and researchers working across the fields of atmospheric science, geochemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, and astronomy.

    • A careful distillation from the diverse research literature into a textbook by two well-known scientists in the field of atmospheric evolution
    • Reviews the necessary mathematical equations from atmospheric chemistry, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, and atmospheric dynamics, within a concise and integrated view of planetary atmospheres and their evolution
    • Ideal for graduate students and instructors to familiarize themselves with the necessary knowledge to understand the research literature
    • Fully referenced, unlike most other texts in the field, so readers can easily turn to the cited research literature in various contributing fields
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    'New books on the atmospheric sciences keep coming, … The latest addition to the canon by David Catling and James Kasting is particularly noteworthy for its very comprehensive coverage of the subject, in nearly six hundred large pages, and for the eminence of its authors, both well-known and respected in the field. Much of the material covered is standard stuff - radiative transfer, photochemistry, thermodynamics, and so forth - but with a refreshingly clear treatment that will be of value to students, particularly those at the graduate level. The real strength, however, is in the coverage of evolutionary aspects: given the known physics, and the geological record, etc., what can we say about the Earth’s atmosphere in the past, its origins, and how it evolved to what we see today? … This is an excellent account of the current state of the art.' F. W. Taylor, The Observatory

    'This volume concentrates on the structure, constituents and evolution of planetary atmospheres, which are clearly crucial to the potential for life on those worlds … this book provides a detailed and comprehensive coverage of this fast-developing subject.' Room: The Space Journal

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    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521844123
    • length: 592 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 194 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.46kg
    • contains: 263 b/w illus. 13 colour illus. 43 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Principles of Planetary Atmospheres:
    1. The structure of planetary atmospheres
    2. Energy and radiation in planetary atmospheres
    3. Essentials of chemistry of planetary atmospheres
    4. Motions in planetary atmospheres
    5. Escape of atmospheres to space
    Part II. Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere:
    6. Formation of Earth's atmosphere and oceans
    7. Volcanic outgassing and mantle redox evolution
    8. Atmospheric and global redox balance
    9. The prebiotic and early postbiotic atmosphere
    10. The rise of oxygen and ozone in Earth's atmosphere
    11. Long-term climate evolution
    Part III. Atmospheres and Climates on Other Worlds:
    12. Mars
    13. Evolution of Venus' atmosphere
    14. Giant planets and their satellites
    15. Exoplanets: habitability and characterization
    Appendix A. One-dimensional climate model
    Appendix B. Photochemical models
    Appendix C. Atomic states and term symbols

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    David C. Catling, James F. Kasting

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    David C. Catling, University of Washington
    David C. Catling is a Professor in Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, studying planetary surfaces, atmospheres, and habitability. He actively participates in the research of NASA's Astrobiology Institute and is the author of Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction (2013). He has taught courses in planetary atmospheres, planetary geology, astrobiology, and global environmental change at undergraduate and graduate levels. He was also an investigator for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, which successfully operated in the arctic of Mars during 2008.

    James F. Kasting, Pennsylvania State University
    James F. Kasting is a Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, and an acknowledged expert on atmospheric and climate evolution. He is the author of How to Find a Habitable Planet (2010) and coauthor of the introductory textbook, The Earth System, 3rd edition (2009). Dr Kasting is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL), the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Sciences. He received the Oparin Medal from International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life in 2008.

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