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Raymond T. Pierrehumbert

University of Chicago
Geophysical Sciences
847 420 6780
rtp1@geosci.uchicago.edu
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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