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The Influence of Planetary Magnetic Fields on Atmospheric Retention and Habitability

Whitepaper #263 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: atmospheric/exospheric evolution; habitability and water; other science themes: Magnetic fields

Published onMar 18, 2021
The Influence of Planetary Magnetic Fields on Atmospheric Retention and Habitability

At present it is uncertain whether magnetic fields shield atmospheres from escaping to space, influencing their habitability. We call attention to this question, advocating for comparable measurements of escape from many solar system objects, resources for model development, a unifying theoretical framework, and an interdisciplinary approach.


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