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Walker et al. 2018

Walker, S.I., W. Bains, L. Cronin, S. DasSarma, S. Danielache, S. Domagal-Goldman, B. Kacar, N.Y. Kiang, A. Lenardic, C.T. Reinhard, W. Moore, E.W. Schwieterman, E.L. Shkolnik, and H.B. Smith, 2018: Exoplanet biosignatures: Future directions. Astrobiology, 18, no. 6, 779-824.

We introduce a Bayesian method for guiding future directions for detection of life on exoplanets. We describe empirical and theoretical work necessary to place constraints on the relevant likelihoods, including those emerging from better understanding stellar environment, planetary climate and geophysics, geochemical cy- cling, the universalities of physics and chemistry, the contingencies of evolutionary history, the properties of life as an emergent complex system, and the mechanisms driving the emergence of life. We provide examples for how the Bayesian formalism could guide future search strategies, including determining observations to prioritize or deciding between targeted searches or larger lower resolution surveys to generate ensemble statistics and address how a Bayesian methodology could constrain the prior probability of life with or without a positive detection.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Walker, S. I. and Bains, W. and Cronin, L. and DasSarma, S. and Danielache, S. and Domagal-Goldman, S. and Kacar, B. and Kiang, N. Y. and Lenardic, A. and Reinhard, C. T. and Moore, W. and Schwieterman, E. W. and Shkolnik, E. L. and Smith, H. B.},
  title={Exoplanet biosignatures: Future directions},

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RIS Citation

ID  - wa05700x
AU  - Walker, S. I.
AU  - Bains, W.
AU  - Cronin, L.
AU  - DasSarma, S.
AU  - Danielache, S.
AU  - Domagal-Goldman, S.
AU  - Kacar, B.
AU  - Kiang, N. Y.
AU  - Lenardic, A.
AU  - Reinhard, C. T.
AU  - Moore, W.
AU  - Schwieterman, E. W.
AU  - Shkolnik, E. L.
AU  - Smith, H. B.
PY  - 2018
TI  - Exoplanet biosignatures: Future directions
JA  - Astrobiology
VL  - 18
IS  - 6
SP  - 779
EP  - 824
ER  -

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