Heliophysics: Evolving Solar Activity and the Climates of Space and Earth

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Heliophysics is a fast-developing scientific discipline that integrates studies of the Sun's variability, the surrounding heliosphere, and the environment and climate of planets. Over the past few centuries, our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate. This volume, the last in a series of three heliophysics texts, focuses on long-term variability from the Sun's decade-long sunspot cycle and considers the evolution of the planetary system over ten billion years from a climatological perspective. Topics covered range from the dynamo action of stars and planets to processes in the Earth's troposphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere and their effects on planetary climate and habitability. Supplemented by online teaching materials, it can be used as a textbook for courses or as a foundational reference for researchers in fields from astrophysics and plasma physics to planetary and climate science.

Table of Contents

Interconnectedness in heliophysics
Long-term evolution of magnetic activity of Sun-like stars
Formation and early evolution of stars and proto-planetary disks
Planetary habitability on astronomical time scales
Solar internal flows and dynamo action
Modeling solar and stellar dynamos
Planetary fields and dynamos
The structure and evolution of the 3D solar wind
The heliosphere and cosmic rays
Solar spectral irradiance: measurements and models
Astrophysical influences on planetary climate systems
Evaluating the drivers of Earth's climate system
Ionospheres of the terrestrial planets
Long-term evolution of the geospace climate
Waves and transport processes in atmospheres and oceans
Solar variability, climate, and atmospheric photochemistry
Authors and editors
List of illustrations
List of tables
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