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Exoplanet Biosignatures Workshop-Without-Walls Review Papers - Discussion Forum

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0. Overview article: Exoplanet Biosignatures: At the Dawn of a New Era of Planetary Observations

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    Contact:  Nancy Kiang, nancy.y.kiang *at* nasa.gov

    Summary:  This introductory article provides a guide to the complementary scope and highlights salient features of the 5 major review papers on Exoplanet Biosignatures, below.  Strong themes that emerged from the workshop were that biosignatures must be interpreted in the context of their environment, and that frameworks must be developed to link diverse forms of scientific understanding of that context to quantify the likelihood that a biosignature has been observed. Models are needed to explore the parameter space where measurements will be widespread but sparse in detail. Given the technological prospects for large ground-based telescopes and space-based observatories, the detection of atmospheric signatures of a few potentially habitable planets may come before 2030.

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