Special Issue "Exobiology Studies and the Study of the History, Present, and Future of Life on our Planet"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2009)
Dr. Laurance R. Doyle (Website)
Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, California, 94043, USA
Interests: photometric techniques for detecting extrasolar planets; information theory applied to animal communications; astro-ecology and remote detection of exobiological systems; quantum astronomy and cosmic-scale quantum measurement problems
Sustainability can apply to the (nearly) complete recycling of materials in large systems over long periods of time. Astrophysical cycles include the incorporation of gas clouds into stellar and planetary systems which, in turn, evolve and redistribute the (now enhanced) material throughout the galaxy through, for example, supernovae which generate all elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. On Earth recycling of tectonic plates sustains life on our planet via biogeochemical cycles such as the carbon-silicate cycle.
Papers relating to the long-term sustainability of technical civilizations can be submitted. Papers that address the sustainability of such systems -- their lifetimes and mechanisms -- particularly as they apply to long-term life on Earth -- will be appropriate.
- exobiology studies
- life on the planet