Atmospheres in the Solar System: Comparative Aeronomy

Atmospheres in the Solar System: Comparative Aeronomy

Editor(s): Michael Mendillo, Andrew Nagy, J.H. Waite

Published Online: 20 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875909899

Online ISBN: 9781118669570

DOI: 10.1029/GM130

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 130.

Atmospheres are crucial components of our universe. They are the only observable regions of stars and giant planets, both within and beyond our solar system. Some terrestrial-size bodies (Venus, Earth, Mars, Titan and Triton) have permanent atmospheres while others (e.g., Mercury, Moon, Io, and Europa) have tenuous gaseous envelopes that change daily. Comets are tiny bodies by planetary yardsticks, but their atmospheres can be the largest visible objects in the night sky. Atmospheric science strives to understand how such a diverse set of atmospheres form, evolve, and disappear.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Overviews

  2. Part II: Interactions Between Planetary and Small Body Atmospheres with the Surrounding Plasma Medium

  3. Part III: Chemistry, Energetics and Dynamics

  4. Part IV: Models of Aeronomic Systems

  5. Part V: Observational Applications

  6. Part VI: Atmospheres of Other Worlds