Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


The interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology constitutes a joint arena where provocative discoveries are coalescing concerning, e.g. the prevalence of exoplanets, the diversity and hardiness of life, and its increasingly likely chances for its emergence. Biologists, astrophysicists, biochemists, geoscientists and space scientists share this exciting mission of revealing the origin and commonality of life in the Universe. The members of the different disciplines are used to their own terminology and technical language. In the interdisciplinary environment many terms either have redundant meanings or are completely unfamiliar to members of other disciplines.

The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology serves as the key to a common understanding. Each new or experienced researcher and graduate student in adjacent fields of astrobiology will appreciate this reference work in the quest to understand the big picture. The carefully selected group of active researchers contributing to this work and the expert field editors intend for their contributions, from an internationally comprehensive perspective, to accelerate the interdisciplinary advance of astrobiology.

Editors and affiliations

  • Muriel Gargaud
    • 1
  • William M. Irvine
    • 2
  • Ricardo Amils
    • 3
  • Henderson James Cleaves
    • 4
  • Daniele Pinti
    • 5
  • José Cernicharo Quintanilla
    • 6
  • Michel Viso
    • 7
  1. 1.Labo. d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux (LAB)Observatoire Aquitain des Sciences de l'Univers (OASU)Floirac CXFrance
  2. 2.Astronomy DepartmentUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  3. 3.Centro de Biología MolecularUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  4. 4.Geophysical Lab.Carnegie Institution of WashingtonWashingtonUSA
  5. 5.Dépt. Sc. de la Terre et de l’AtmosphèreUniversité du Québec, MontréalMontrealCanada
  6. 6.Centro de Astrobiología (CAB)Inst. Nacional de Técnica AeroespacialTorrejón de ArdozSpain
  7. 7.Centre National d'Etudes Spatiale (CNES) DPI/E2UParis CXFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Reference Physics & Astronomics Reference Module Physical and Materials Science
  • Number Of Entries 2044