Encyclopædia - Terraforming

From latin word for earth, Terra

Term invented by Jack Williamson in series of stories collected as Seetee Ship (1951).
Alternatives include Roger Zelazny's Worldscaping.

Serious scientific researchers refer to their field as planetary engineering or geoengineering.

Related: ecopoesis (ecopoiesis) the bringing into being of an ecology that did not previously exist.