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Raymond T. Pierrehumbert

University of Chicago
Geophysical Sciences
847 420 6780
Physics of planetary climate
The functioning of the climates of Solar system planets, as well as actual and hypothetical extrasolar planets, is built on simple physical building-blocks readily accessible to any undergraduate Physics major. Yet, these building blocks interact to form a stunning range of different climates, whose possibilities are just beginning to be explored. I will give some examples drawn from my work on methane rainfall on Titan, dry-ice clouds on ancient Mars, and the Snowball Earth problem. General conclusions regarding planetary habitability will be discussed.
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