Mo, 25.07.2022 17:00

Public Lecture: Climate and the potential for life on other planets

Understanding planetary habitability is key to understanding how and why life developed on Earth as well as whether life is present on planets that orbit different stars (exoplanets).

David A. Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
David A. Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Whether a planet could be habitable is determined primarily by the planet's climate.
This lecture will address insights we've gained from studying Earth's climate and how those have been used to make predictions about which exoplanets might be habitable, and how astronomical observations indicate the possibility of new climatic regimes not found on modern Earth.

The Lecture will be delivered by Dorian Abbot, who has an undergraduate degree in physics (2004, Harvard) and a PhD in applied math (2008, Harvard). He came to the University of Chicago as a Chamberlin Fellow in 2009 and stayed on as a faculty member in 2011. He uses mathematical and computational models to understand and explain fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Sciences. He has worked on problems related to climate, paleoclimate, planetary habitability, planetary dynamics, and exoplanets. He is currently a visiting researcher at University of Vienna, funded by the Strategic Partnership between the University of Chicago and the University of Vienna.


Date & Venue

July 25, 2022
5:00 p.m.,
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Ignaz seipel-Platz 2
1010 Vienna



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