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Exoplanet Habitability and Biosignatures @ AbSciCon 2017

posted Oct 28, 2016, 9:52 AM by Abel Mendez   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 10:19 AM ]
The PHL @ UPR Arecibo has an exoplanets session on Connecting Habitability and Biosignature Observations as part of the AbSciCon 2017, April 24-28, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. The session is organized by Abel Méndez (PHL @ UPR Arecibo), Dirk Schulze-Makuch (Washington State University), and Edgard Rivera-Valentin (Arecibo Observatory/USRA). Here are the abstract submission instructions (Deadline: January 18, 2017). There is also a related workshop on quantitative measures of habitability on February 2017 in Puerto Rico.

Theme: Exoplanets
Session: Biosignatures
Topic: Connecting Habitability and Biosignature Observations

Organizers: Abel Mendez (PHL @ UPR Arecibo), abel.mendez@upr.edu; Dirk Schulze-Makuch (Washington State University), dirksm@wsu.edu; and Edgard Rivera-Valentin (Arecibo Observatory/USRA), ed@naic.edu

Summary: On Earth, habitability is generally correlated with the presence of life, but this will not necessarily be the case for all habitable planets. For instance, a biosignature on a non-habitable planet by terrestrial standards could be interpreted as a false-positive or caused by very different biological process, among other explanations. Therefore, it is necessary to include quantitative measures of habitability to properly assess the significance of any biosignature detections. This session is requesting presentations about potential correlations between habitability and biosignature observations based on theoretical or empirical models, including those for complex or exotic life forms. The models presented as part of this session might consider any spatial and temporal scale, and extend from microbial to complex life, but should address how these models might scale-up and produce together both detectable global habitable conditions and biosignatures from afar.