I am developing models of the evolution of Earth and terrestrial planets. Some research projects include: (1) Investigating the evolution of Earth's core through direct numerical simulation of 3D magnetohydrodynamic dynamo models coupled to evolving boundary conditions derived from mantle, inner core, and rotation rate histories, and comparing these models to paleomagnetic measurements; (2) Exploring the influences of mantle melting, internal heating, and tidal dissipation on the thermal, magnetic, and orbital evolution of Earth, Venus, and other terrestrial planets; (3) Development of Earth system box models to explore the first-order interactions between interiors, atmospheres, and magnetic fields over geological time scales, and their implications for habitability.
- Thermal Evolution of Earth (mantle and core cooling, magnetic field history, carbon cycling, 1D climate modelling, Earth-Venus dichotomy)
- Planetary Dynamos (geomagnetic polarity reversals, core-mantle boundary influence, inner core growth history, numerical dynamo modeling)
- Exoplanets (internal structure, thermal evolution, exo-magnetic detection, hot Jupiter dynamos)
Peter E. Driscoll, Ph.D.
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution of Washington
5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015 USA