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March 21 2017
Volcanic Eruption Expanded Ozone Hole to Record Size Lauren Hinkel New research supports previous MIT findings that a volcanic eruption expanded Antarctica's ozone hole in 2015.
March 20 2017
World’s Lakes May be Much Shallower than Previously Thought EAPS News New mathematical analysis from MIT provides more accurate estimate of the depth and volume of the Earth's lakes, Adrian Cho of Science Magazine reports.
March 20 2017
Standing Out in Earth and Planetary Sciences Lauren Hinkel PAOC postdoc Daniel D. B. Koll receives an award for his poster presented at the 49th Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
March 16 2017
Climate Change to Worsen Drought, Diminish Corn Yields in Africa
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Over the next century, southern Africa will see widespread decreases in maize production.

March 15 2017
Plankton can save the ocean. But who will save the plankton? Lauren Hinkel Principal Research Scientist Stephanie Dutkiewicz weighs in on geoengineering the ocean's phytoplankton to curb the symptoms of climate change.
March 15 2017
Media Lab Sets Sights on Space Margaret Evans | MIT Media Lab MIT Media Lab event, Beyond the Cradle, launches a new initiative to explore the final frontier.
March 14 2017
Commercial Space: Can We Privatize Our Way to the Stars? Rob Matheson | MIT News Office Can we privatize our way to the stars? Annual conference explores the rise and distant future of the private space industry. PAOC postdoc Julien de Wit contributes to Beyond the Cradle.
March 13 2017
Preparing for Extremes
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J-WAFS News

How models can help agriculture adapt to climate change uncertainties. The concern around climate change has scientists focusing their attention on regions around the world that are expected to be particularly hard hit.

March 8 2017
MIT Faculty Working on Climate Write to President Trump
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PAOC Faculty

The MIT faculty in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate rebut Prof. Linzden’s letter urging the US administration to withdraw from the UN climate convention.

March 8 2017
PAOC Faculty Fact-Check MIT Colleague on Climate Science Lauren Hinkel PAOC rebuts MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen's climate science claims in an open letter to President Trump.
March 8 2017
MIT rates No. 1 in 12 Subjects in 2017 QS World University Rankings Stephanie Eich | Resource Development MIT ranked within the top 5 for 19 of 46 subject areas.
March 8 2017
William Martin Gift to Enable Aerosol Study at Mount Washington Observatory Angela Ellis | EAPS Development Office A generous gift to the Cziczo group enables them to deploy state-of-the-art aerosol and cloud instrumentation to the Mount Washington Observatory in New England.
March 6 2017
Study Suggests Complex Life was Present on Earth 2.33 Billion Years Ago
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

New estimate predates earliest fossil evidence by 800 million years.

March 6 2017
Underwater Mountains Help Ocean Water Rise from Abyss
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Turbulence from seafloor topography may explain longstanding question about ocean circulation.

March 3 2017
School of Science Welcomes Five New Professors This Spring Bendta Schroeder | School of Science Andrew Babbin, a marine biogeochemist working on the nitrogen cycle, joins the PAOC faculty.
March 3 2017
New Worlds, New Discoveries EAPS News Drs. Gillon and de Wit speak about their discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star just 39 light years from Earth.
February 23 2017
Climate@MIT
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Lauren Hinkel

A new online publication from MIT reports on exciting climate science research at MIT. We focus on climate as a fundamental science, but occasionally comment on climate action and policy at MIT and climate research occurring elsewhere.

February 22 2017
Lucky Seven: 3Q with Julien de Wit on the discovery of seven temperate, nearby worlds
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Planets may harbor conditions suitable for sustaining liquid water — and thus life.

February 20 2017
Climate science and policy: Now more than ever! Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change As new administration takes office, Joint Program IAP courses explore what’s at stake.
February 20 2017
PAOC Faculty Promotions
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Lauren Hinkel

Congratulations to Michael Follows and David McGee for their recent promotions, recognizing their achievements and contributions to the department.Effective July 2017, Michael Follows will become a Fu...

February 17 2017
Getting Their Hands Dirty: Students Experience Fieldwork in Hawaii
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

TREX program offers undergraduates the opportunity to get out in the field.

February 14 2017
The Heart of a Far-off Star Beats for its Planet
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations. For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet.The star, which ...

February 10 2017
Modeling the Unequal Benefits of U.S. Environmental Policy
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

New toolset evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for nine income groups One of the two top air pollutants in the U.S., ground-level ozone is harmful not only to your health but ...

February 9 2017
PAOC's Dara Entekhabi Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Lauren Hinkel Selection to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest distinctions bestowed upon an engineer
February 8 2017
Happy Birthday to the Father of Modern Dynamical Meteorology Lauren Hinkel MIT remembers Jule Gregory Charney, a leader in numerical weather prediction, and a former MIT professor, on his 100th birthday.
February 7 2017
Aerocene Soars at the 47th World Economic Forum Meeting
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Lauren Hinkel

Climate-conscious sculptures influence world perspectives in Davos- Klosters, Switzerland.Aerocene, an artistic project developed by Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene Foundation, has been collaborating ...

February 6 2017
Faculty Promotions Helen Hill | EAPS News The Executive Committee of the Corporation has approved the promotion of Michael Follows to Full Professor and David McGee to Associate Professor (effective July 2017.)
February 1 2017
Atmospheres, Oceans and Planetary Studies on Display at AGU
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Lauren Hinkel

Over the week of December 12th, members of MIT’s PAOC attended the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 49th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.The event is the world’s largest Earth and space science...

February 1 2017
Water Scarcity, Air Pollution and Climate Change Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Several MIT PAOC and Joint Program research affiliates share findings at the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 Fall Meeting
February 1 2017
Signs of Alien Air Herald a New Era of Exoplanet Discoveries Lauren Hinkel PAOC's Seager and de Wit comment on a new exoplanet finding
February 1 2017
Preparing for Extremes Lauren Hinkel How Models Can Help Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change Uncertainties
February 1 2017
U.S. Crop Harvests Could Suffer with Climate Change Lauren Hinkel PAOC Principal Research Scientist Erwan Monier comments
February 1 2017
Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016 Lauren Hinkel Solomon and Gilford present ozone research
February 1 2017
Capital Weather Gang Scientists react to Earth’s warmest year: ‘We are heading into a new unknown’ Lauren Hinkel Emanuel reacts to report that 2016 was the third warmest year on recorded history
January 30 2017
Explained: Greenhouse gases
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Carbon dioxide isn’t the only one that matters, and the gases vary widely in potency and duration.When hearing the words “greenhouse gas,” most people think immediately of carbon dioxide. This is inde...

January 30 2017
Solomon is 2017 National Academy of Sciences Medalist
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive the 2017 National Academy of Sciences, Arthur L. Day Prize and...

January 26 2017
EAPS Welcomes Inaugural Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences is delighted to welcome exoplanetary scientist Dr. Jason Dittmann, one of four inaugural 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellows announced today by...

January 26 2017
Celebrating Pauline Morrow Austin: A Founder of Radar Meteorology
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT Faculty, friends and family of Mrs. Austin gathered to remember her life and commemorate her contributions to science with the unveiling of an exhibit in EAPS.Modern meteorology would not be what ...

January 24 2017
A Persistent Haze
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study assesses impact of fire aerosols on visibility and air quality in Southeast Asia. The skies above Southeast Asia are often dimmed by a persistent haze, due largely to high concentrations of...

January 24 2017
On Addressing Global Change Science
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Bernadette Esposito | MIT ILP Ron Prinn directs MIT's Center for Global Change Science and co-directs its Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Among other things these groups are running the Advanced Global At...
January 20 2017
Witze Receives 2016 AGU Journalism Award AGU Alexandra Witze XII BS '92 received the 2016 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–News at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony.
January 17 2017
Observing and modeling the Arctic Ocean and Sea Ice: A Meeting in Woods Hole
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Lauren Hinkel Last November, a group of MIT researchers joined scientists from around the world to attend the fifth meeting of the Forum for Arctic Modeling & Synthesis (FAMOS) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic I...
January 17 2017
Study Tracks “Memory” of Soil Moisture
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the pl...
January 12 2017
Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
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Sara Seager For thousands of years people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are they common?” “Do any have signs of life?”Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions. We have foun...
January 11 2017
Modeling Plausible Futures
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser assesses long-term risks to regional water and energy systems.Last spring, MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser, who serves as deputy director of the MIT J...
January 10 2017
Pauline Austin: Celebrating a Pioneer of Weather Radar
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Lauren Hinkel Made possible by a generous gift, a new, permanent exhibit was unveiled in December, honoring the life and achievements of Pauline M. Austin, PhD ‘42, who served as Director of MIT’s Weather Radar Lab...
January 10 2017
Study Finds More Extreme Storms Ahead for California
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office New technique predicts frequency of heavy precipitation with global warming.On Dec. 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with th...
November 21 2016
Climate Change: Ethics in Action Lauren Hinkel At forum, MIT community tackles tough ethical questions of climate change and motivations for effective action
November 17 2016
Predicting and Adapting to Increased Hurricane Risk Lauren Hinkel Kerry Emanuel shares why hurricanes will likely become more destructive and offers ways to mitigate these increased risks
November 3 2016
Tackling Questions of Ocean Physics with MIT Oceanographer Raffaele Ferrari Lauren Hinkel Understanding ocean circulation, its climate impact, & how it shapes biological productivity