Runaway and moist greenhouse atmospheres and the evolution of Earth and Venus.

  title={Runaway and moist greenhouse atmospheres and the evolution of Earth and Venus.},
  author={James F. Kasting},
  • J. Kasting
  • Published 1 June 1988
  • Physics, Geology, Environmental Science
  • Icarus
The runaway greenhouse radius inflation effect
Planets similar to Earth but slightly more irradiated are expected to enter into a runaway greenhouse state, where all surface water rapidly evaporates, forming an optically thick H2O-dominated
Regarding greenhouse explosion
Can our planet Earth become as hot as Venus as a result of runaway accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and explosive increasing of the greenhouse effect? This question is reasonable
Dependence of the Onset of the Runaway Greenhouse Effect on the Latitudinal Surface Water Distribution of Earth‐Like Planets
Liquid water is one of the most important materials affecting the climate and habitability of a terrestrial planet. Liquid water vaporizes entirely when planets receive insolation above a certain
A Comparative Study of the Influence of the Active Young Sun on the Early Atmospheres of Earth, Venus, and Mars
Abstract Because the solar radiation and particle environment plays a major role in all atmospheric processes such as ionization, dissociation, heating of the upper atmospheres, and thermal and
Long-term stability of the Earth's climate.
  • J. Kasting
  • Geology, Environmental Science
    Global and planetary change
  • 1989
Beyond Runaway: Initiation of the Post-runaway Greenhouse State on Rocky Exoplanets
The runaway greenhouse represents the ultimate climate catastrophe for rocky, Earth-like worlds: when the incoming stellar flux cannot be balanced by radiation to space, the oceans evaporate and
The stability of climate on Venus
The climate of Venus is to a large degree controlled by the radiative properties of its massive atmosphere. However, volcanic outgassing and surface-atmosphere interactions may moderate the


Impact-induced atmospheres and oceans on Earth and Venus
High-velocity impacts of planetesimals onto a growing planet result in the impact-degassing of volatiles and the formation of an impact-induced atmosphere. Because of the blanketing effect of such an
The Runaway Greenhouse: A History of Water on Venus
Radiative-convective equilibrium models of planetary atmospheres are discussed for the case when the infrared opacity is due to a vapor in equilibrium with its liquid or solid phase. For a grey gas,
Evolution of an impact-induced atmosphere and magma ocean on the accreting Earth
Early rapid formation of the atmosphere and hydrosphere on the terrestrial planets has recently been proposed1,2. Here we present a quantitative study of this process during accretion by planetesimal
Climatic consequences of very high carbon dioxide levels in the earth's early atmosphere.
The possible consequences of very high carbon dioxide concentrations in the earth's early atmosphere have been investigated with a radiative-convective climate model, and Earth's present atmosphere appears to be stable against a carbon dioxide-induced runaway greenhouse.