Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 405–424

Habitability of Planets Around Red Dwarf Stars

  • Martin J. Heath
  • Laurance R. Doyle
  • Manoj M. Joshi
  • Robert M. Haberle
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006596718708

Cite this article as:
Heath, M.J., Doyle, L.R., Joshi, M.M. et al. Orig Life Evol Biosph (1999) 29: 405. doi:10.1023/A:1006596718708

Abstract

Recent models indicate that relatively moderate climates could exist on Earth-sized planets in synchronous rotation around red dwarf stars. Investigation of the global water cycle, availability of photosynthetically active radiation in red dwarf sunlight, and the biological implications of stellar flares, which can be frequent for red dwarfs, suggests that higher plant habitability of red dwarf planets may be possible.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin J. Heath
    • 1
  • Laurance R. Doyle
    • 2
  • Manoj M. Joshi
    • 3
  • Robert M. Haberle
    • 3
  1. 1.Biospheres ProjectLondonU.K.
  2. 2.SETI InstituteMountain ViewU.S.A.
  3. 3.Space Science Division Mail Stop 245-3N.A.S.A. Ames Research CenterMoffet FieldU.S.A.