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What is the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration?

The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-divisional effort to study the broad diversity of exoplanet atmospheres and climate, using the wide range of scientific and technical resources available at GSFC. We foster new collaborations and leverage existing expertise across Planetary, Earth, Astrophysics and Heliophysics Divisions to apply knowledge of Solar System bodies to improve our models of exoplanets and better prepare for current and future exoplanet observations.Our team includes researchers working on generalizing atmosphere and solar wind models and radiative transfer schemes to simulate a wide range of planetary conditions, as well as work on improved simulations and analysis of future observations of exoplanets to better understand what we can learn about the diversity of planetary properties across space and time.

Piers Sellers (1955 - 2016)

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To reach a safer future, we will need the resources of everybody here. The scientists, the policy makers, and the industrialists, all working together towards a common goal. And that goal is a planet that can continue to support life, including all of us.

The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) is named in honor of Piers Sellers, NASA scientist and astronaut, who championed the multidisciplinary work that is necessary to advance our understanding of exoplanetary environments. Piers’ visionary leadership and support brought together NASA scientists from all four divisions of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Sciences and Exploration Directorate: Earth Science, Astrophysics, Heliophysics, and Planetary, to carry out cutting edge research and develop the next generation of modeling tools to support future missions. Throughout Piers’ career, his work was dedicated to better understanding Earth’s biosphere and its interaction with our atmosphere, through building models and leading missions. SEEC is guided by Piers’ shining example of collaborative research to build the tools needed to better prepare for future NASA missions.

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