A Statistical Comparative Planetology Approach to Maximize the Scientific Return of Future Exoplanet Characterization Efforts
We propose a statistical comparative planetology approach to test habitability hypotheses observationally. The key objective of this approach will be to make quick and cheap measurements of critical planetary characteristics on a large sample of exoplanets, exploiting statistical marginalization to answer broad habitability questions.
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- May 2019
- Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
- White paper submitted in response to the solicitation of feedback for the "2020 Decadal Survey" by the National Academy of Sciences