Astrobiology — ROCKE-3D Project


Following is a list of publications eesulting from GISS Astrobiology/ROCKE-3D research from 2016 onwards. GISS author names are underlined in the citations.

For a longer list of publications related to ROCKE-3D, including those in which GISS scientists were not authors, please see the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) library.


Way, M., C. Ostberg, B.J Foley, C. Gillmann, D. Höning, H. Lammer, J. O'Rourke, M. Persson, A.-C. Plesa, A. Salvador, M. Scher, and M. Weller, 2023: Synergies between Venus and exoplanetary observations: Venus and its extrasolar siblings. Space Sci. Rev., 219, 13, doi:10.1007/s11214-023-00953-3.

Westall, F., D. Höning, G. Avice, D. Gentry, T. Gerya, C. Gillmann, N. Izenberg, M. Way, and C. Wilson, 2023: The habitability of Venus. Space Sci. Rev., 219, 17, doi:10.1007/s11214-023-00960-4.


Fauchez, T.J., G.L. Villanueva, D.E. Sergeev, M. Turbet, I.A. Boutle, K. Tsigaridis, M.J. Way, E.T. Wolf, S.D. Domagal-Goldman, F. Forget, J. Haqq-Misra, R.K. Kopparapu, J. Manners, and N.J. Mayne, 2022: The TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI). Part III: Simulated observables — The return of the spectrum. Planet. Sci. J., 3, no. 9, 213, doi:10.3847/PSJ/ac6cf1.

Schmidt, F., M.J. Way, S. Bouley, A. Séjourné, and I. Aleinov, 2022: Circumpolar ocean stability on Mars 3 Gy ago. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 119, no. 4, e2112930118, doi:10.1073/pnas.2112930118.

• See also NASA release: NASA-Funded Study Extends Period When Mars Could Have Supported Life

Sergeev, D.E., T.J. Fauchez, M. Turbet, I.A. Boutle, K. Tsigaridis, M.J. Way, E.T. Wolf, S.D. Domagal-Goldman, F. Forget, J. Haqq-Misra, R.K. Kopparapu, F.H. Lambert, J. Manners, and N.J. Mayne, 2022: The TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI). Part II: Moist cases — The two waterworlds. Planet. Sci. J., 3, no. 9, 212, doi:10.3847/PSJ/ac6cf2.

Turbet, M., T.J. Fauchez, D.E. Sergeev, I.A. Boutle, K. Tsigaridis, M.J. Way, E.T. Wolf, S.D. Domagal-Goldman, F. Forget, J. Haqq-Misra, R.K. Kopparapu, F.H. Lambert, J. Manners, N.J. Mayne, and L. Sohl, 2022: The TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI). Part I: Dry cases — The fellowship of the GCMs. Planet. Sci. J., 3

Way, M.J., R.E. Ernst, and J.D. Scargle, 2022: Large scale volcanism and the heat-death of terrestrial worlds. Planet. Sci. J., 3, no. 4, 92, doi:10.3847/PSJ/ac6033.

• See also NASA release: NASA Study: Massive Volcanism May Have Altered Ancient Venus' Climate


Colose, C.M., J. Haqq-Misra, E.T. Wolf, A.D. Del Genio, R. Barnes, M.J. Way, and R. Ruedy, 2021: Effects of spin-orbit resonances and tidal heating on the inner edge of the Habitable Zone. Astrophys. J., 921, no. 1, 25, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ac135c.

Fauchez, T.J., M. Turbet, D.E. Sergeev, N.J. Mayne, A. Spiga, L. Sohl, P. Saxena, R. Deitrick, G. Gilli, S.D. Domagal-Goldman, F. Forget, R. Cosentino, R. Barnes, J. Haqq-Misra, M.J. Way, E.T. Wolf, S. Olson, J.S. Crouse, E. Janin, E. Bolmont, J. Leconte, G. Chaverot, Y. Jaziri, K. Tsigaridis, J. Yang, D. Pidhorodetska, R.K. Kopparapu, H. Chen, I.A. Boutle, M. Lefevre, B. Charnay, A. Burnett, J. Cabra, and N. Bouldin, 2021: TRAPPIST Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI) workshop report. Planet. Sci. J., 2, no. 3, 106, doi:10.3847/PSJ/abf4df.

Guzewich, S.D., M. Way, I. Aleinov, E.T. Wolf, A.D. Del Genio, R. Wordsworth, and K. Tsigaridis, 2021: 3D simulations of the early Martian hydrological cycle mediated by a H 2-CO2 greenhouse. J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 126, no. 7, e2021JE006825, doi:10.1029/2021JE006825.

Höning, D., P. Baumeister, J.L. Grenfell, N. Tosi, and M.J. Way, 2021: Early habitability and crustal decarbonation of a stagnant-lid Venus. J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 126, no. 10, e2021JE006895, doi:10.1029/2021JE006895.

Lehmer, O.R., D.C. Catling, M.N. Parenteau, N.Y. Kiang, and T.M. Hoehler, 2021: The peak absorbance wavelength of photosynthetic pigments around other stars from spectral optimization. Front. Astron. Space Sci., 8, 111, doi:10.3389/fspas.2021.689441.

Limaye, S.S., R. Mogul, K.H. Baines, M.A. Bullock, C. Cockell, J.A. Cutts, D.M. Gentry, D.H. Grinspoon, J.W. Head, K.-L. Jessup, V. Kompanichenko, Y.J. Lee, R. Mathies, T. Milojevic, R.A. Pertzborn, L. Rothschild, S. Sasaki, D. Schulze-Makuch, D.J. Smith, and M.J. Way, 2021: Venus, an astrobiology target. Astrobiology, 21, no. 10, 1163-1185, doi:10.1089/ast.2020.2268.

Mogul, R., S.S. Limaye, and M. Way, 2021: Venus' mass spectra show signs of disequilibria in the middle clouds. Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, no. 7, e2020GL091327, doi:10.1029/2020GL091327.

Way, M.J., H.S. Davies, J.C. Duarte, and J.A.M. Green, 2021: The climates of Earth's next supercontinent: Effects of tectonics, rotation rate, and insolation. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 22, no. 8, e2021GC009983, doi:10.1029/2021GC009983.

• See also NCCS Highlight: Exploring the Climates of Earth’s Future Supercontinent with a NASA Supercomputer


Airapetian, V.S., R. Barnes, O. Cohen, G.A. Collinson, W.C. Danchi, C.F. Dong, A.D. Del Genio, K. France, K. Garcia-Sage, A. Glocer, N. Gopalswamy, J.L. Grenfell, G. Gronoff, M. Güdel, K. Herbst, W.G. Henning, C.H. Jackman, M. Jin, C.P. Johnstone, L. Kaltenegger, C.D. Kay, K. Kobayashi, W. Kuang, G. Li, B.J. Lynch, T. Lüftinger, J.G. Luhmann, H. Maehara, M.G. Mlynczak, Y. Notsu, R.M. Ramirez, S. Rugheimer, M. Scheucher, J.E. Schlieder, K. Shibata, C. Sousa-Silva, V. Stamenković, R.J. Strangeway, A.V. Usmanov, P. Vergados, O.P. Verkhoglyadova, A.A. Vidotto, M. Voytek, M.J. Way, G.P. Zank, and Y. Yamashiki, 2020: Impact of space weather on climate and habitability of terrestrial type exoplanets. Int. J. Astrobiol., 19, no. 2, 136-194, doi:10.1017/S1473550419000132.

Blackledge, B., M. Green, R. Barnes, and M. Way, 2020: Tides on other Earths: Implications for exoplanet and palaeo-tidal simulations. Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, no. 12, e2019GL085746, doi:10.1029/2019GL085746.

Del Genio, A.D., D. Brain, L. Noack, and L. Schaefer, 2020: The inner Solar System's habitability through time. In Planetary Astrobiology, University of Arizona Press, pp. 419-447.

• See also NCCS Highlight: NASA Simulations Explore Habitability of Nearest Exoplanet

Fauchez, T., M. Turbet, E.T. Wolf, I. Boutle, M.J. Way, A.D. Del Genio, N.J. Mayne, K. Tsigaridis, R.K. Kopparapu, J. Yang, F. Forget, A. Mandell, and S.D. Domagal Goldman, 2020: TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI). Motivations and protocol. Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 707-716, doi:10.5194/gmd-13-707-2020.

Guzewich, S., J. Lustic-Yaeger, C.E. Davis, R.K. Kopparapu, M.J. Way, and V.S. Meadows, 2020: The impact of planetary rotation rate on the reflectance and thermal emission spectrum of terrestrial exoplanets around Sunlike stars. Astrophys. J., 893, no. 2, 140, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab83ec.

Way, M.J., and A.D. Del Genio, 2020: Venusian habitable climate scenarios: Modeling Venus through time and applications to slowly rotating Venus-like exoplanets. J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 125, 5, e2019JE006276, doi:10.1029/2019JE006276.

• See also NCCS Highlight: NASA Scientists Explore Venus Habitable Climate Scenarios at NCCS


Aleinov, I., M.J. Way, C. Harman, K. Tsigaridis, E.T. Wolf, and G. Gronoff, 2019: Modeling a transient secondary paleolunar atmosphere: 3-D simulations and analysis. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, no. 10, 5107-5116, doi:10.1029/2019GL082494.

• See also NCCS Highlight: Scientists Simulate Ancient Lunar Atmosphere at NCCS

Colose, C.M., A.D. Del Genio, and M.J. Way, 2019: Enhanced habitability on high obliquity bodies near the outer edge of the Habitable Zone of Sun-like stars. Astrophys. J., 884, no. 2, 138, doi::10.3847/1538-4357/ab4131.

Del Genio, A.D., N.Y. Kiang, M.J. Way, D.S. Amundsen, L.E. Sohl, Y. Fujii, M. Chandler, I.A. Aleinov, C.M. Colose, S.D. Guzewich, and M. Kelley, 2019: Albedos, equilibrium temperatures, and surface temperatures of habitable planets. Astrophys. J., 884, no. 1, 75, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab3be8.

Del Genio, A.D., M.J. Way, N. Kiang, I. Aleinov, M.J. Puma, and B. Cook, 2019: Climates of warm Earth-like planets III: Fractional habitability from a water cycle perspective. Astrophys. J., 887, no. 2, 197, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab57fd

Del Genio, A.D., M.J. Way, D.S. Amundsen, I. Aleinov, M. Kelley, N.Y. Kiang, and T.L. Clune, 2019: Habitable climate scenarios for Proxima Centauri b with a dynamic ocean. Astrobiology, 19, no. 1, 99-125, doi:10.1089/ast.2017.1760.

• See also NASA release: How Earth Climate Models Help Scientists Picture Life on Unimaginable Worlds

Green, J.A.M., M.J. Way, and R. Barnes, 2019: Consequences of tidal dissipation in a putative Venusian ocean. Astrophys. J. Lett., 876, no. 2, L22, doi:10.3847/2041-8213/ab133b.

Jansen, T., C. Scharf, M.J. Way, and A.D. Del Genio, 2019: Climates of warm Earth-like planets II: Rotational 'Goldilocks' zones for fractional habitability and silicate weathering. Astrophys. J., 875, no. 2, 79, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab113d.

Kane, S.R., G. Arney, D. Crisp, S. Domagal-Goldman, L.S. Glaze, C. Goldblatt, D. Grinspoon, J.W. Head, A. Lenardic, C. Unterborn, M.J. Way, and K.J. Zahnle, 2019: Venus as a laboratory for exoplanetary science. J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 124, no. 8, 2015-2028, doi:10.1029/2019JE005939.

Schmidt, G.A., and A. Frank, 2019: The Silurian Hypothesis: Would it be possible to detect an industrial civilization in the geological record? Intl. J. Astrobiol., 18, 142-150, doi:10.1017/S1473550418000095.

Schwieterman, E.W., C.T. Reinhard, S.L. Olson, K. Ozaki, C.E. Harman, P.K. Hong, and T.W. Lyons, 2019: Rethinking CO antibiosignatures in the search for life beyond the solar system. Astrophys. J., 874, 9, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab05e1.

Way, M., and J. Wang, 2019: Venus topography and boundary conditions in 3D general circulation modeling. In Planetary Cartography and GIS. H. Hargital, Ed., Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer International, pp. 325-335, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-62849-3_19.

Schwieterman, E.W., C.T. Reinhard, S.L. Olson, C.E. Harman, and T.W. Lyons, 2019: A limited habitable zone for complex life. Astrophys. J., 878, no. 1, 19, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab1d52.


Harman, C.E., R. Felton, R. Hu, S. Domagal-Goldman, A. Segura, F. Tian, and J.F. Kasting, 2018: Abiotic O2 levels on planets around F, G, K, and M stars: Effects of lightning-produced catalysts in eliminating oxygen false positives. Astrophys. J., 866, no. 1, 56, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aadd9b.

Hoehler, T.M., S.M. Som, and N. Kiang, 2018: Life's requirements. In Handbook of Exoplanets. H.J. Deeg and J.A. Belmonte, Eds. Springer International, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30648-3_74-1.

Kane, S.R., A.Y. Ceja, M.J. Way, and E.V. Quintana, 2018: Climate modeling of a potential ExoVenus. Astrophys. J., 869, no. 1, 46, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aaec68.

Harman, C.E., and S. Domagal-Goldman, 2018: Biosignature false positives. In Handbook of Exoplanets. H.J. Deeg and J.A. Belmonte, Eds. Springer International, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30648-3_71-1.

Harman, C.E., A.A. Pavlov, D. Babikov, and J.F. Kasting, 2018: Chain formation as a mechanism for mass-independent fractionation of sulfur isotopes in the Archean atmosphere. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 496, 238-247, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.05.041.

Way, M.J., A.D. Del Genio, I. Aleinov, T.L. Clune, M. Kelley, and N.Y. Kiang, 2018: Climates of warm Earth-like planets I: 3-D model simulations. Astrophys. J. Supp. Series, 239, no. 2, 24, doi:10.3847/1538-4365/aae9e1.

The following 2018 papers were published as part of a special issue of the journal Astrobiology.

Catling, D.C., J. Krissansen-Totton, N.Y. Kiang, D. Crisp, T.D. Robinson, S. DasSarma, A. Rushby, A.D. Del Genio, W. Bains, and S. Domagal-Goldman, 2018: Exoplanet biosignatures: A framework for their assessment. Astrobiology, 19, no. 6, 709-738, doi:10.1089/ast.2017.1737.

Fujii, Y., D. Angerhausen, R. Deitrick, S. Domagal-Goldman, J.L. Grenfell, Y. Hori, S.R. Kane, E. Palle, H. Rauer, N. Siegler, K. Stapelfeldt, and K.B. Stevenson, 2018: Exoplanet biosignatures: Observational prospects. Astrobiology, 18, no. 6, 739-778, doi:10.1089/ast.2017.1733.

Kiang, N.Y., S. Domagal-Goldman, M.N. Parenteau, D.C. Catling, Y. Fujii, V.S. Meadows, E.W. Schwieterman, and S.I. Walker, 2018: Exoplanet biosignatures: At the dawn of a new era of planetary observations. Astrobiology, 18, 619-629, doi:10.1089/ast.2018.1862.

Schwieterman, W., N.Y. Kiang, M.N. Parenteau, C.E. Harman, S. DasSarma, T.M. Fisher, G.N. Arney, H.E. Hartnett, C.T. Reinhard, S.L. Olson, V.S. Meadows, C.S. Cockell, S.I. Walker, J.L. Grenfell, S. Hegde, S. Rugheimer, R. Hu, and T.W. Lyons, 2018: Exoplanet biosignatures: A review of remotely detectable signs of life. Astrobiology, 18, no. 6, 663-708, doi:10.1089/ast.2017.1729.

Walker, S.I., W. Bains, L. Cronin, S. DasSarma, S. Danielache, S. Domagal-Goldman, B. Kacar, N.Y. Kiang, A. Lenardic, C.T. Reinhard, W. Moore, E.W. Schwieterman, E.L. Shkolnik, and H.B. Smith, 2018: Exoplanet biosignatures: Future directions. Astrobiology, 18, no. 6, 779-824.

• See also NASA release: Will We Know Life When We See It? NASA-led Group Takes Stock of the Science


Fujii, Y., A.D. Del Genio, and D.S. Amundsen, 2017: NIR-driven moist upper atmospheres of synchronously rotating temperate terrestrial exoplanets. Astrophys. J., 848, no. 2, 100, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa8955.

• See also NASA release: New NASA Study Improves Search for Habitable Worlds.

Way, M.J., I. Aleinov, D.S. Amundsen, M.A. Chandler, T. Clune, A.D. Del Genio, Y. Fujii, M. Kelley, N.Y. Kiang, L. Sohl, and K. Tsigaridis, 2017: Resolving Orbital and Climate Keys of Earth and Extraterrestrial Environments with Dynamics 1.0: A general circulation model for simulating the climates of rocky planets. Astrophys. J. Supp. Series, 231, no. 1, 12, doi:10.3847/1538-4365/aa7a06.

Way, M.J., and N. Georgakarakos, 2017: Effects of variable eccentricity on the climate of an Earth-like world. Astrophys. J. Lett., 835, no. 1, L1, doi:10.3847/2041-8213/835/1/L1.


Georgakarakos, N., I. Dobbs-Dixon, and M.J. Way, 2016: Long term evolution of planetary systems with a terrestrial planet and a giant planet. Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc., 461, no. 2, 1512-1528, doi:10.1093/mnras/stw1378.

Way, M.J., A.D. Del Genio, N.Y. Kiang, L.E. Sohl, D.H. Grinspoon, I. Aleinov, M. Kelley, and T. Clune, 2016: Was Venus the first habitable world of our solar system? Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, no. 16, 8376-8383, doi:10.1002/2016GL069790.

• See also NASA release: NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable.

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