terraform /'teraform/ v.t. M2O. [f. TERRA + FORM v.] Chiefly Sci. Fiction. Transform (a planet, environment, etc.) into something resembling the earth, esp. as regards suitability for human life.

L. Brown (Ed.), The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Vol. 2 (1993).

Terraforming is a process of planetary engineering, specifically directed at enhancing the capacity of an extraterrestrial planetary environment to support life. The ultimate in terraforming would be to create an uncontained planetary biosphere emulating all the functions of the biosphere of the Earth---one that would be fully habitable for human beings.

M.J. Fogg, Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments, SAE International (1995).


The Terraforming Information Pages aim to provide ready information in the form of articles, references and links for anybody interested in terraforming and planetary engineering in general.



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Terraforming: A Review of Research (Paper)

Technological Requirements for Terraforming Mars (Paper)

The Planetary Engineering Bibliography

How Might Mars Become a Home for Humans? (Essay)

The Terraforming Simulator Project

Commentary on Terraforming Mars

Super Greenhouse Gases Analysis (NASA Student Project)

Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments (Book Review)

Pioneer Organisms for Terraforming

Developing Ecosystems on Mars (NASA Student Project)

Terraforming: The New Alchemy (Student Theme Report)

Catalin Vasile's Mars Viewer

Marte Verde (Review Article in Spanish)

The Terraforming Art Gallery

A Stellar Engine (Press Release)




Note that this site has been in mothballs since January 2009, but I try to keep the bibliography reasonably up to date. Email me if you have published something that should be included.

mfogg at globalnet dot co dot uk