Exoclimes Group

The Exoplanets & Exoclimes Group is based at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the PlanetS NCCR and the MERAC Foundation.

Exoclimes Group posts

Joao wins MERAC funding and travel award

Posted on: Tue, 03/01/2016 - 20:06 by: heng

Joao Mendonca has won one of the MERAC funding and travel awards for 2016. These are administered by the Swiss Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics (SSAA).

New paper on the climates of terrestrial and gas giant planets

Posted on: Wed, 02/24/2016 - 10:55 by: mendonca

Joao Mendonca has recently collaborated in a work aimed at analysing global energy budgets and ‘Trenberth diagrams’ for the climates of terrestrial and gas giant planets. The online paper version can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.2704/abstract

Heng & Lyons (2016) published in ApJ

Posted on: Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:11 by: heng

Heng & Lyons (2016) has now been officially published by the Astrophysical Journal:


It studies the relative abundances of carbon dioxide versus carbon monoxide and water, and thereby examines the chemical plausibility of published retrieval studies.

Heng, Lyons & Tsai (2015) accepted by ApJ

Posted on: Wed, 11/25/2015 - 13:32 by: heng

The manuscript of Heng, Lyons & Tsai (2015), which deals with a formalism for understanding atmospheric chemistry from the viewpoint of an astrophysicist, has just been accepted by the Astrophysical Journal.

Matej wins the MERAC funding and travel award

Posted on: Mon, 09/14/2015 - 10:01 by: mendonca

Congratulations to Matej Malik, who was awarded the MERAC funding and travel award on his project about HELIOS.

Maria Oreshenko joins EEG as a Ph.D student

Posted on: Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:07 by: heng

Maria Oreshenko has successfully defended her Masters thesis work on GCMs and the optical phase curves of hot Jupiters. She will obtain her Masters degree from ETH Zurich and join the EEG as a new Ph.D student working on various theoretical topics related to exoplanetary atmospheres. Congrats, Maria!

Annual Review on Atmospheric Dynamics of Hot Exoplanets

Posted on: Thu, 08/27/2015 - 17:44 by: heng

A review article on the atmospheric dynamics of hot exoplanets has been published in the Annual Review of Earth & Planetary Sciences by Kevin Heng and Adam Showman.


Questioning the plausibility of ocean worlds

Posted on: Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:04 by: heng

Daniel Kitzmann has published a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, which reports that the feedback cycle for carbon dioxide is unstable on ocean-dominated exoplanets and limits their habitability.


Announcement for NCU-Delta Lecture by Delta Electronics

Posted on: Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:05 by: heng

The Delta Electronics Foundation has officially announced the public lecture associated with the NCU-Delta Award on their website.


Kevin wins Delta Lecturer Award

Posted on: Mon, 06/15/2015 - 09:32 by: heng

Kevin was informed on Saturday (13th July 2015) that he will be named the next Delta Lecturer. The Delta Lecturer Award is jointly awarded by Delta Electronics and the National Central University (Taiwan). Eva Grebel was the 2014 recipient.