Bob Haberle

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Professional Biography:

Haberle, R.M., Leovy, C.B., and J.B. Pollack (1982). Some Effects of Global Dust Storms on the Atmospheric Circulation of Mars. Icarus, 50, 322-367. Haberle, R.M., Ackerman, T.P., Toon, O.B., and J. Hollingsworth (1985). Global Transport of Atmospheric Smoke Following a Large-Scale Nuclear Exchange. Geophys. Res. Lett., 12, 405-408. Haberle, R.M. (1985). The Climate of Mars. Scientific American, 254, 54-62. Haberle, R.M. (1986). Interannual Variability of Global Dust Storms on Mars. Science, 234, 459-461. Haberle, R.M. and B.M. Jakosky (1990). Sublimation and Transport of Water from the North Residual Cap on Mars, J. Geophy. Res., 95, 1423-1438. Haberle, R.M., and B.M. Jakosky (1991). Atmospheric Effects on the Remote Determination of Thermal Inertia of Mars. Icarus, 90, 187-204. Haberle, R.M., J.B. Pollack, J.R. Barnes, R.W. Zurek, C.B. Leovy, J.R. Murphy, J. Schaeffer, and H. Lee (1993). Mars atmospheric dynamics as simulated by the NASA/Ames general circulation model I. The zonal mean circulation. J. Geophys. Res., 98, 3093-3124. Haberle, R.M., H.C. Houben, R. Hertenstein, and T. Herdtle (1993). A Boundary Layer Model for Mars: Comparison with Viking Entry and Lander Data. J. Atmos. Sci. 50, 1544-1559. Haberle, R.M., C.P. McKay, O.E. Gwynne, D.H. Atkinson, R.W. Zurek, J.B. Pollack, G.A. Landis, J. Appelbaum, and D.J. Flood (1993). Atmospheric Effects on the Utility of Solar Power for Mars, In Resources of Near-Earth Space, J. Lewis and M.S. Matthews Editors, University of Arizona Press, Tucson. Haberle, R.M., D.Tyler, C.P. McKay, and W.L. Davis (1994). A Model for the Evolution of CO2 on Mars. Icarus, 109, 102-120. Haberle, R.M., McKay, C.P., Tyler, D., and R.T. Reynolds. (1996). Can Synchronously Rotating Planets Support An Atmosphere? (1996). In Circumstellar Habitable Zones, Proceedings of the First International Conference. pp 29-34. L.R. Doyle, ed., Travis House Publications, Menlo Park, CA. Haberle, R.M., and D.C. Catling (1996). A Micro-Metorological Mission for Global Network Science on Mars: Rationale and Measurement Requirements. Planet. Space Sci., 44, 1361-1384. Haberle, R.M., Barnes, J.R., Murphy, J.R., Joshi, M.M, and J. Schaeffer (1997). Meteorological Predictions for the Mars Pathfinder Lander. J. Geophys. Res. 102, 13,301-13,311. Haberle, R.M. (1998). Early Mars Climate Models. J. Geophys. Res., 103, 28,467-28,479. Haberle, R.M., Joshi, M.M., Murphy, J.R., Barnes, J.R., Schofield, J.T., Wilson, G.R., Lopez-Valverde, M., Hollingsworth, J.L., Bridger, A.F.C., and Schaeffer, J. (1999). GCM Simulations of the Mars Pathfinder ASI/MET Data. J. Geophys. Res., 104, 8957-8974. Haberle, R.M., McKay, C.P., Schaeffer, J., Cabrol, N.AS., Grin, E.A., Zent, A.P., and Quinn, R. (2001). On the possibility of liquid water on present day Mars. J. Geophys. Res., 106, 23,317-23,326. Haberle, R.M., Murphy, J.R., and Schaeffer, J. (2003). Orbital change experiments with a Mars General Circulation Model. Icarus, 161, 66-89.


Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 1981
M.S. Meteorology, San Jose State University, 1975
B.S. Meteorology, San Jose State University, 1972

Research Interests:

My main research interests center around the climate of Mars: past, present, and future. Climate is a broad term that covers the seasonal cycles of dust, water vapor, and carbon dioxide, their coupling to the general circulation, and how these have changed in the past. I am very much interested in how the dust and water cycles are affected by changes in Mars’ orbital parameters. For many years now, the geological community has been finding morphological evidence for significant post-noachian climate change (i.e., climate change since ~3.5 billion years ago). Things like tropical glaciers and ice covered lakes are some examples. General circulation models are now showing it is possible to mobilize surface ice and redistribute to almost any latitude just by changing the planet’s orbit characteristics. This is a very exciting result and it opens up a new line of research that can transform our understanding of Mars. Instead of being a relatively dead planet for much of its history, it now seems entirely plausible that it has undergone many climate changes that could even have biological implications. So hang on folks, the fun is just beginning!

NASA Missions:

Mars Observer – Participating Scientist
Mars Environmental Survey (MESUR) – Project Scientist
Mars Pathfinder – Meteorology Team Member
Mars Global Surveyor – Interdisciplinary Scientist Atmospheres
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – Mars Color Imager Team Member
Mars Pascal Scout Mission – Principal Investigator