The Atmosphere and Climate of Mars


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1. Introduction Robert M. Haberle, R. Todd Clancy, François Forget, Michael D. Smith and Richard W. Zurek; 2. Understanding Mars and its atmosphere Richard W. Zurek; 3. History of Mars atmosphere observations Philip B. James, Philip R. Christensen, R. Todd Clancy, Mark T. Lemmon and Paul Withers; 4. Thermal structure and composition Michael D. Smith, Stephen Bougher, Thérèse Encrenaz, François Forget and Armin Kleinböhl; 5. Mars clouds R. Todd Clancy, Franck Montmessin, Jennifer Benson, Frank Daerden, Anthony Colaprete and Michael J. Wolff; 6. Radiative process: techniques and applications Michael J. Wolff, Miguel Lopéz-Valverde, Jean-Baptiste Madeleine, R. John Wilson, Michael D. Smith, Thierry Fouchet and Gregory T. Delory; 7. The Martian planetary boundary layer Peter L. Read, Boris Galperin, Søren E. Larsen, Stephen R. Lewis, Anni Määttänen, Arakel Petrosyan, Nilton Renno, Hannu Savijärvi, Tero Siili, Aymeric Spiga, Anthony Toigo and Luis Vázquez; 8. Mesoscale meteorology Scot C. R. Rafkin, Aymeric Spiga and Timothy I. Michaels; 9. The global circulation Jeffrey R. Barnes, Robert M. Haberle, R. John Wilson, Stephen R. Lewis, James R. Murphy and Peter L. Read; 10. The Mars dust cycle Melinda A. Kahre, James R. Murphy, Claire E. Newman, R. John Wilson, Bruce A. Cantor, Mark T. Lemmon and Michael J. Wolff; 11. The water cycle Frank Montmessin, Michael D. Smith, Yves Langevin, Michael T. Mellon and Anna Federova; 12. The CO2 cycle Timothy N. Titus, Shane Byrne, Anthony Colaprete, François Forget, Timothy I. Michaels and Thomas H. Prettyman; 13. Atmospheric photochemistry Franck Lefèvre and Vladimir Krasnoplosky; 14. Upper neutral atmosphere and ionosphere Stephen W. Bougher, David A. Brain, Jane L. Fox, Francisco Gonzalez-Galindo, C. Simon-Welund and Paul Withers; 15. Solar wind interaction and atmospheric escape David A. Brain, Sergey Barabash, Stephen W. Bougher, Firat Duru, Bruce M. Jakosky and Ronan Modolo; 16. Recent climate variations François Forget, Shane Byrne, James W. Head, Michael A. Mischna and Norbert Schörghofer; 17. The early Mars climate system Robert M. Haberle, David C. Catling, Michael H. Carr and Kevin J. Zahnle; 18. Future prospects Robert M. Haberle, Todd Clancy, François Forget, Michael D. Smith and Richard W. Zurek; Index.

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This volume reviews all aspects of Mars atmospheric science from the surface to space, and from now and into the past.

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Robert M. Haberle is a senior scientist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA Ames Research Center. His main research interests center around the atmosphere and climate of Mars: past, present, and future. He has been involved in multiple NASA missions to Mars including Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, and the Mars Science Laboratory, and he has promoted and developed landed network mission concepts for atmospheric science. R. Todd Clancy is a senior scientist with the Space Science Institute of Boulder, Colorado, and his research has focused on observational studies of atmospheres of the Earth, Venus, and Mars. François Forget is a Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) senior scientist in Paris, where he studies the past and present climate of Mars. He has been heavily involved in the European Space Agency (ESA) missions Mars Express and Exomars 2016, and is a member of the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and Insight science teams. Michael D. Smith is a senior scientist in the Planetary Systems Laboratory of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His research interests include the meteorology and dynamics of planetary atmospheres, radiative transfer, and remote sensing techniques, and he has been an active participant for more than twenty years on the science teams of eight past, current, and future spacecraft missions to Mars. Richard W. Zurek is chief scientist for the Mars Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. He also serves as the project scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and is involved in the development and implementation of new missions to Mars.


'It has become clear that understanding the Martian atmosphere will be as complex a challenge as comprehending Earth's. This volume contains chapters exploring the observation history, energy budget, clouds, boundary layer, mesoscale meteorology, global circulation, photochemistry, and ionosphere, as well as the planet's dust, water, and carbon dioxide cycles. Additional chapters examine Mars's fascinating climate history, ranging from planetary formation to the most recent centuries. Most interesting to non-specialists may be the climate history, which suggests Mars once resembled Earth with a thick atmosphere, abundant precipitation and ground water, and possibly an ocean. For this reason, early Mars was presumably friendlier to possible life than the frigid, desiccated surface - with atmospheric pressure less than 1 percent of Earth's - that we see now. … Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate students through faculty.' M. K. Cleaveland, Choice

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