The Early Evolution of the Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets

  • J.M. Trigo-Rodriguez
  • François Raulin
  • Christian Muller
  • Conor Nixon
Conference proceedings

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-5191-4

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 35)

Table of contents (13 papers)

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction: On the Early Evolution of the Atmosphere of Terrestrial Planets: COST Action CM#0805
    Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez, Christian Muller, Conor Nixon, François Raulin
    Pages 1-8
  3. A Mathematic Approach to Nitrogen Fixation Through Earth History
    Alfonso Delgado-Bonal, F. Javier Martín-Torres
    Pages 23-31
  4. Stability of Earth-Like N2 Atmospheres: Implications for Habitability
    Helmut Lammer, Kristina G. Kislyakova, Manuel Güdel, Mats Holmström, Nikolai V. Erkaev, Petra Odert et al.
    Pages 33-52
  5. Hot Super-Earth Atmospheres
    Yamila Miguel, Lisa Kaltenegger
    Pages 53-65
  6. The Nitrogen Chemistry in Hot Jupiters Atmosphere
    Olivia Venot, Eric Hébrard, Marcelino Agúndez, Michel Dobrijevic, Franck Selsis, Franck Hersant et al.
    Pages 67-83
  7. Implication of Impacts in the Young Earth Sun Paradox and the Evolution of Earth’s Atmosphere
    Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez, F. Javier Martín-Torres
    Pages 85-97
  8. Nitrogen in the Stratosphere of Titan from Cassini CIRS Infrared Spectroscopy
    Conor A. Nixon, Nicholas A. Teanby, Carrie M. Anderson, Sandrine Vinatier
    Pages 123-143
  9. Nitrogen in Titan’s Atmospheric Aerosol Factory
    Nathalie Carrasco, Joseph Westlake, Pascal Pernot, Hunter Waite Jr.
    Pages 145-154
  10. SNC Meteorites: Atmosphere Implantation Ages and the Climatic Evolution of Mars
    C. E. Moyano-Cambero, Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez, F. Javier Martín-Torres
    Pages 165-172
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 173-186

About these proceedings


“The Early Evolution of the Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets” presents the main processes participating in the atmospheric evolution of terrestrial planets. A group of experts in the different fields provide an update of our current knowledge on this topic.

Several papers in this book discuss the key role of nitrogen in the atmospheric evolution of terrestrial planets. The earliest setting and evolution of planetary atmospheres of terrestrial planets is directly associated with accretion, chemical differentiation, outgassing, stochastic impacts, and extremely high energy fluxes from their host stars. This book provides an overview of the present knowledge of the initial atmospheric composition of the terrestrial planets. Additionally it includes some papers about the current exoplanet discoveries and provides additional clues to our understanding of Earth’s transition from a hot accretionary phase into a habitable world. All papers included were reviewed by experts in their respective fields.

We are living in an epoch of important exoplanet discoveries, but current properties of these exoplanets do not match our scientific predictions using standard terrestrial planet models. This book deals with the main physio-chemical signatures and processes that could be useful to better understand the formation of rocky planets.


Atmospheric Evolution Atmospheric Signatures Chemical Differentation Evolutionary Stages of Planets Habitable Worlds Minor Bodies Nitrogen in Atmospheres Physio-chemical Processes Planetary Differentation Planetary Evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • J.M. Trigo-Rodriguez
    • 1
  • François Raulin
    • 2
  • Christian Muller
    • 3
  • Conor Nixon
    • 4
  1. 1.Campus UAB, Sciences FacultyInstitute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC)BellaterraSpain
  2. 2., Université Paris Est CréteilLISA, UMR CNRS/UPEC/UPD/IPSLCréteil CXFrance
  3. 3., Earth and Space Science CoordinationB.USOCBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4., Department of AstronomyUniversity of MarylandGreenbeltUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5190-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5191-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1570-6591
  • Series Online ISSN 1570-6605