December 15th 2017 at the Open University, Milton Keynes
An important strategy for finding life beyond Earth involves looking for possible global effects of biology. Earth system science (ESS)—the study of the interactions and interdependencies of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, surface and sub-surface—can help astrobiologists in this endeavour. This conference will therefore bring together the UK’s astrobiology and ESS communities to explore how we might improve our ability to detect life within the solar system and beyond.
Martian Methane (Manish Patel, OU)
Life’s Impact on Earth (Tim Lenton, University of Exeter)
Exoplanet Characterization (Giovanna Tinetti, UCL)
Abstracts are invited on any subjects relevant to remote biosignatures, the characterization of worlds within the solar system or beyond and the global effects of life on Earth and other worlds. Talks can be data-based, instrument-led or theoretical. Abstracts should be submitted by November 17th 2017.
ESS Group Relaunch
This meeting also aims to relaunch the ESS special interest group of the Geological Society. We will therefore conclude the day with an ESS-SIG meeting to discuss the group’s objectives and to elect a new committee.
David Waltham (RHUL)
Graham Shields-Zhou (UCL)
Tim Lenton (Exeter)