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Water in the Gas Phase

Editors: Jonathan Tennyson and Keith P Shine

Water vapour's interaction with light is fundamental to understanding the Earth's climate, extrasolar planets (including attempts to detect life) and the chemistry of the interstellar medium. The volume reports fundamental developments in the studies of water absorbs. There is special emphasis on understanding absorption between the lines given by the so-called water-continuum. The role water absorption in the Earth's energy budget, and latest astronomical observations, including those from the Herschel space telescope which was particularly tuned to detecting water in space, is addressed. As is the role of water in the atmospheres of cool stars and planets recently detected outside our solar system.

This issue is based on a Theo Murphy Meeting held in June 2011.


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