Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, Ricardo Amils, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, William M. Irvine, Daniele L. Pinti, Michel Viso

Solid-State Greenhouse Effect

  • Francois ForgetEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11274-4_1466


A radiative process occurring in a layer made of material partly transparent to solar radiation (ice or snow, for instance) and resulting in temperature in the interior or at the bottom of the layer warmer than at its surface. It results from the fact that such a layer is radiatively cooled at its surface by thermal infrared emission, but heated below the surface by absorption of solar radiation. Such a process can allow the melting of ice below the surface even if surface temperatures are below freezing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris 6, BP 99Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, UMR 8539Paris cedex 05France