“Modeling the climates of (exo) planets”
I will give a simple overview of the dominant processes determining
the state of a planetary atmosphere, and its evolution
(i.e. climate). I will then explore how models capture some of these
processes and can be adapted from the study of Earth to extra Solar
planets (exoplanets), in particular hot Jupiters (a class of exoplanet
Jovian in size but orbiting very close to their parent star).
I will then briefly review the observations of hot Jupiters (the most
constrained of exoplanets), and the puzzles such observations present,
before detailing our progress and plans towards solving these puzzles.
Finally I will discuss the plans for our project/group over the coming
5-10 years, where we aim to develop the theoretical tools and
expertise to interpret the observations from future instrumentation.