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Earth’s atmosphere is key to the survival of living things. The air we breathe is a mixture of different elements and molecules. Our water supply is generated by a cycle of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Climate and weather patterns influence where and how we live. Atmospheres are complex systems of thermodynamics and chemistry, powered by radiation from a star. To find life in the galaxy, we must start by looking at atmospheres — they’re the only features we can see with our telescopes. Exoplanetary atmospheres are like nothing we’ve seen before; some have temperatures that reach thousands of degrees, while others have more water vapor than there is water in all of Earth’s oceans. SEEC scientists are using computer simulations and models to better understand the dynamics of atmospheres outside our solar system.

Clouds and Hazes: A critical factor to assess rocky exoplanet habitability with JWST?

Investigators: Giada Arney, Thomas Fauchez, Michael Way, Avi Mandell, Ravi Kopparapu

Simulating Factors Influencing Habitable Exoplanets with ROCKE3D

Investigators: Scott Guzewich

Using TESS to Illuminate the Atmospheric Properties of the Hot, Puffy Saturn KELT-11b

Investigators: Knicole Colon, Tom Barclay, Eric Lopez, Avi Mandell, John Ahlers, Emily Gilbert

Advancing the retrieval capabilities of PSG for exoplanets with AI and Machine Learning

Investigators: Geronimo L. Villanueva, Giuliano Liuzzi

Effect of Spin-orbit Resonances Near the Outer Edge of the Habitable Zone

Investigators: Michael Way, Chris Colose, Eric Wolf

Exotic Ices on Terrestrial Worlds

Investigators: Michael Way, Igor Aleinov, Eric Wolf

Moving to the edge: modeling condensable species & chemical processes of planets at habitable zone boundaries

Investigators: Michael Way, Igor Aleinov, Kostas Tsigaridis

The End of Habitability: How large scale volcanism can end a clement climate

Investigators: Michael Way, Kostas Tsigaridis