EGU Galileo conference: Geosceince for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond

Country: Portugal

City: Furnas

Abstr. due: 15.06.2017

Dates: 25.09.17 — 29.09.17

Area Of Sciences: Earth sciences;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Royal Observatory of Belgium


The conference “Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond” will be held from 25 to 29 September 2017 at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, Azores, Portugal. The meeting will start on 25 September in the morning and finish on 29 September at lunchtime. The conference functions as an EGU Galileo meeting and is co-organized by the COST action “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”, the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, and the Belgian Planet Topers project. It is co-chaired by Prof. Veronique Dehant (Royal Observatory of Belgium) and by Prof. Wolf Geppert (Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre).
Scope of the meeting

This conference will deal with fundamental issues of planetary habitability, i.e. the environmental conditions capable of sustaining life, and how interactions between the interior of a planet or a moon and its atmosphere and surface (including hydrosphere and biosphere) affect the habitability of the celestial body. It will address some hotly debated questions in the field including the following:

    What effects do core and mantle have on evolution and habitability of planets?
    What is the relation between (plate) tectonics and atmospheric evolution?
    What role does the mantle overturn play in the evolution of the interior and atmosphere?
    What is the role of the global carbon and water cycles herein?
    What influence do comet and asteroid impacts exert on the evolution of the planet?
    How does life interact with the evolution of Earth’s geosphere and atmosphere?
    How can we use our knowledge of the solar system geophysics and habitability for exoplanets?

The proposed interdisciplinary will encompass research on all the planets from the upper atmosphere to the deep interior relevant to their habitability. It aims to bring together scientists from all disciplines related to the field in order to discuss the above-mentioned issues.

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