NASA Ames Mars Climate Modeling Group

Group Members

  • Jeffery Hollingsworth
  • Tony Colaprete
  • Robert M. Haberle
  • Melinda A. Kahre
Melinda Kahre Bio
  • Dr. Melinda A. Kahre

  • Research Scientist
  • Education:
  • Ph.D. Astronomy
  • New Mexico State University, 2006
  • M.S. Astronomy
  • New Mexico State University, 2003
  • B.A. Physics-Astronomy
  • Whitman College, 2001
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Research Interests:
Planetary science is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the study of the formation, evolution and current state of planetary systems. As a planetary scientist, I seek to understand the physical processes that govern all planetary bodies, which means that the knowledge gained from the study of individual solar system objects is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. A complete understanding of planetary systems includes understanding the processes responsible for the current and past states of the celestial motions, atmospheres, surfaces, and interiors of all of the bodies in the system.

My research focuses on planetary atmospheres and climate. I am interested in understanding how the atmospheres and surfaces (due to surface-atmosphere interactions) of the terrestrial planets in our solar system have evolved to their current states. My current and ongoing research focuses on Mars' current and past climate. Mars' climate can be characterized by the three annual cycles of dust, CO2 and water. These cycles and their interactions are known to greatly affect Mars’ current climate and are thought to have been critically important throughout Martian history. My research focuses on these cycles, the interactions that occur between them, and their impact on the current and past Martian climate.