A simplified model for deriving planetary surface temperatures as a function of atmospheric chemical composition

A. Henderson-Sellers*, A. J. Meadows

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Abstract

The surface temperature of a planet with an atmosphere depends, amongst other factors, on the atmospheric chemical composition and surface pressure. However, the detailed calculation of surface temperature variations as a function of atmospheric composition is extremely complex. We therefore present in this paper a simplified model which can be used to follow surface temperature changes over periods up to the lifetime of the solar system. We apply this model to a number of chemical constituents of interest in studying the evolution of planetary atmospheres (with special reference to the Earth).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1099
Number of pages5
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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