Exoplanet modelling in the James Webb era II: Terrestrial planets and subneptunes

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The successful launch and deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is cause for celebration across the entire exoplanet community.  It will open an unprecedented window into the nature of exoplanet atmospheres.  Atmospheric modelling will play an essential role both in interpretation of JWST observations, and in guiding observational strategy. This Specialist Discussion Meeting is aimed at identifying the role modelling can play in making best use of the unique capabilities of JWST.  An earlier Specialist Discussion Meeting on this topic focused mainly on gas giant planets.  This follow-on meeting will focus on terrestrial planets and sub-Neptunes.  

Note that the term "terrestrial" is defined by a planet having a dominantly rocky composition whose atmosphere and ocean make up a small proportion of the mass of the planet; it does not presuppose habitability. Sub-Neptunes are in contrast low-density planets of moderate size, with a very substantial volatile envelope which may be dominantly hydrogen or some other low molecular weight substance. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): atmospheric circulation and hydrological processes of sub-Neptunes, lava planets and their atmospheres, the Trappist-1 system, opportunities for detection of carbon dioxide, and 3D resolved convection/cloud modelling,

Contributed talks in all relevant areas are solicited. It is anticipated that contributed talks will be allocated 15 minutes each, including time for discussion.

Abstract submission is now closed.


This event will be held entirely online.  


Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, FRS (Oxford)

Hannah Wakeford (Bristol)

Nathan Mayne (Exeter)

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