Exploring Planetary Climate

A History of Scientific Discovery on Earth, Mars, Venus and Titan

by Ralph D. Lorenz

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  • 9781108471541
  • 9781108632805
  • 9781108645331
This book chronicles the history of climate science and planetary exploration, focusing on our ever-expanding knowledge of Earth's climate, and the parallel research underway on some of our nearest neighbours: Mars, Venus and Titan. From early telescopic observation of clouds and ice caps on planetary bodies in the seventeenth century, to the dawn of the space age and the first robotic planetary explorers, the book presents a comprehensive chronological overview of planetary climate research, right up to the dramatic recent developments in detecting and characterising exoplanets. Meanwhile, the book also documents the discoveries about our own climate on Earth, not only about how it works today, but also how profoundly different it has been in the past. Highly topical and written in an accessible and engaging narrative style, this book provides invaluable historical context for students, researchers, professional scientists, and those with a general interest in planetary climate research.
  • Cambridge University Press; January 2019
  • ISBN: 9781108632805
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  • Title: Exploring Planetary Climate
  • Author: Ralph D. Lorenz
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781108471541
  • 9781108632805
  • 9781108645331

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'A detailed, historical account of the development of climate science on Earth and on neighboring planets, written by a top researcher in the field. I myself learned a lot from this book. Lorenz combines a thorough knowledge of the literature on climate science with first-hand experience in planetary exploration and a good grasp of the underlying physics. A must-read for all those who are interested in this topic.' James Kasting, Pennsylvania State University

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781108471541
  • 9781108632805
  • 9781108645331