Habitability Models for Planetary Sciences

  title={Habitability Models for Planetary Sciences},
  author={Abel M'endez and Edgard G. Rivera-Valent'in and Dirk Schulze‐Makuch and Justin Filiberto and Ramses M. Ram'irez and Tana E. Wood and Alfonso D'avila and Christopher P. McKay and K. Ortiz Ceballos and Marcos Jusino-Maldonado and Guillermo Nery and Ren{\'e} Heller and Paul K. Byrne and Michael J. Malaska and Erica Nathan and Marta Filipa Sim{\~o}es and Andr{\'e} Antunes and Jes'us Mart'inez-Fr'ias and Ludmila Carone and Noam R. Izenberg and Dimitra Atri and Humberto I. Carvajal Chitty and Priscilla Nowajewski-Barra and Frances Rivera-Hern'andez and Corine Meredith Brown and Kennda L. Lynch and David C. Catling and Jorge I. Zuluaga and Juan Fernando Salazar and Howard Chen and Grizelle Gonz'alez and Madhu Kashyap Jagadeesh and Rory Barnes and Charles S. Cockell and Jacob Haqq‐Misra},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
Habitability has been generally defined as the capability of an environment to support life. Ecologists have been using Habitat Suitability Models (HSMs) for more than four decades to study the habitability of Earth from local to global scales. Astrobiologists have been proposing different habitability models for some time, with little integration and consistency between them and different in function to those used by ecologists. In this white paper, we suggest a mass-energy habitability model… 

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