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Water oceans on high-density, stagnant-lid exoplanets from coupled interior-atmosphere modeling

Baumeister, Philipp and Tosi, Nicola and Grenfell, John Lee and MacKenzie, Jasmine (2021) Water oceans on high-density, stagnant-lid exoplanets from coupled interior-atmosphere modeling. Annual Meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft 2021, 13.-17. Sept. 2021, virtuell.

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Abstract

Liquid water is generally assumed to be the most important factor for the emergence of life, and so a major goal in exoplanet science is the search for planets with water oceans. On terrestrial planets, the silicate mantle is a large source of water, which can be outgassed into the atmosphere via volcanism. Outgassing is subject to a series of feedback processes between atmosphere and interior, which continually shape both atmospheric composition, pressure, and temperature, as well as interior dynamics. We present the results of an extensive parameter study, where we use a newly developed 1D numerical model to simulate the coupled evolution of the atmosphere and interior of terrestrial exoplanets up to 5 Earth masses around Sun-like stars, with internal structures ranging from Moon- to Mercury-like. The model accounts for the main mechanisms controlling the global-scale, long-term evolution of stagnant-lid rocky planets (i.e. bodies without plate tectonics), and it includes a large number of atmosphere-interior feedback processes, such as a CO2 weathering cycle, volcanic outgassing, a water cycle between ocean and atmosphere, greenhouse heating, as well as the influence of a potential primordial H2 atmosphere, which can be lost through escape processes. We find that a significant majority of high-density exoplanets (i.e. Mercury-like planets with large cores) are able to outgas and sustain water on their surface. In contrast, most planets with intermediate, Earth-like densities either transition into a runaway greenhouse regime due to strong CO2 outgassing, or retain part of their primordial atmosphere, which prevents water from being outgassed. This suggests that high-density planets could be the most promising targets when searching for suitable candidates for hosting liquid water.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/146517/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Water oceans on high-density, stagnant-lid exoplanets from coupled interior-atmosphere modeling
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Baumeister, PhilippPhilipp.Baumeister (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9284-0143
Tosi, Nicolanicola.tosi (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Grenfell, John LeeLee.Grenfell (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
MacKenzie, JasmineTechnische Universität Berlin, Zentrum für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Hardenbergstraße 36, 10623 BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Date:17 September 2021
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:exoplanet, interior, outgassing, atmosphere, volcanism, geodynamics, habitability
Event Title:Annual Meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft 2021
Event Location:virtuell
Event Type:national Conference
Event Dates:13.-17. Sept. 2021
Organizer:Astronomische Gesellschaft
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Planetary Evolution and Life, R - Exploration of the Solar System
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Planetary Research > Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres
Deposited By: Baumeister, Philipp
Deposited On:01 Dec 2021 08:19
Last Modified:01 Dec 2021 08:19

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