The Exoclimes 2012 conference is now open to registration online, follow this link to do so and find more information. After this link select the “Winter Applications” and follow through to “Exoclimes 2012″. The conference is being held in Aspen, Colorado, from the 16-20 January 2012.
Planetary atmospheres are complex and evolving entities, as mankind is rapidly coming to realise whilst attempting to understand, forecast and mitigate human-induced climate change. In the Solar System, our neighbours Venus and Mars provide striking examples of two endpoints of planetary evolution, runaway greenhouse and loss of atmosphere to space. The variety of extra-solar planets brings a wider angle to the issue: from scorching “hot jupiters” to ocean worlds, exoatmospheres explore many configurations unknown in the Solar System, such as iron clouds, silicate rains, extreme plate tectonics, and steam volcanoes.
Exoplanetary atmospheres have recently become accessible to observations. What observations are possible in the foreseeable future? And how will they constrain the climate on other worlds?
The first in the exoclimes conference series was held in Exeter in September 2010 with the aim to bring together Earth, Solar System and Exoplanet specialists to discuss recent results and the way ahead in exoplanet atmosphere research. Full proceedings from Exoclimes 2010 are available online including videos of talks, posters and pleanty of information. A perfect place to get up to speed on exoplanet atmospheres!