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March 18 2019
MIT Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office The Apollo 50+50 symposium, featuring former astronauts and current PAOC members, examined a historic program’s legacy.
March 14 2019
Remembering Wallace Broecker
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Associate Professor David McGee recounts his time with Wally Broecker, a climate science giant who passed away in February.
March 6 2019
Machine Learning Identifies Links Between World’s Oceans
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Postdoc Maike Sonnewald adapted a method that identifies areas of the global ocean with similar physics, revealing global dynamical regimes.
March 5 2019
Climate Change Will Change The Color Of The Ocean, Researcher Says Heather Goldstone and Elsa Partan | Living Lab Radio Stephanie Dutkiewicz talks to Living Lab Radio about how climate change will transform the color of the ocean.
February 27 2019
Nautical Day at the MIT Museum
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate PAOC members illustrated the sweeter side of ocean modeling at the MIT Museum's 2019 Nautical Day.
February 27 2019
The climate optimist Amanda Schaffer | MIT Technology Review Susan Solomon is profiled in Tech Review for her work on how CFCs caused the Antarctic ozone hole—and how we can make progress on addressing climate change.
February 19 2019
Remembering Walter Munk
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Carl Wunsch and Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli recount their time with Walter Munk, one of the most respected oceanographers of the 21st century, who passed away this month at the age of 101.
February 18 2019
Climate Change Makes Summer Weather Stormier Yet More Stagnant
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Study finds rising temperatures feed more energy to thunderstorms, less to general circulation.
February 17 2019
Tuning the Model
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MIT Spectrum Meghana Ranganathan uses math and machine learning to improve how climate predictions are made.
February 15 2019
Radiation Beneath Our Feet
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Jessica Dabrowski | EAPS News MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Jessica Dabrowski uses naturally-occurring radioactive isotopes to study climate change in the Arctic.
February 4 2019
Study: Much of the Surface Ocean Will Shift in Color by End of 21st Century
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Climate-driven changes in phytoplankton communities will intensify the blue and green regions of the world’s oceans.
February 1 2019
From the Marines to MIT
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate EAPS Assistant Professor Brent Minchew has flown presidents and foreign dignitaries on Marine One. Today, he leads Glaciers at MIT, where he searches for clues on how ice sheets evolve and respond to changing climate.
January 31 2019
Paul O’Gorman on the Promise of Machine Learning in Climate Modeling
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate As machine learning expands into climate modeling, EAPS Professor Paul O’Gorman answers what that looks like and why now.
January 17 2019
A Labor of Love
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Ali Ramadhan recently launched “Project Lovelace,” a website that helps scientists hone their programming skills with interactive problem sets.
January 14 2019
Medusa Instrument Launched for the Rwanda Global Climate Observatory
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Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Education In collaboration with MIT, Rwanda launches first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped to measure more than 50 gases that degrade the ozone layer and affect climate change.
January 3 2019
A “Pacemaker” for North African Climate
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity.
January 1 2019
Can Artificial Intelligence Help Build Better, Smarter Climate Models? Nicola Jones | Yale Environment Paul O’Gorman on how scientists are trying to utilize the latest advances in artificial intelligence to advance climate modeling.
December 26 2018
In Case You Missed It
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate The top 10 stories to come out of the Program of Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate in 2018!
December 12 2018
New Climate Model to be Built from the Ground Up
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School of Science Professors Raffaele Ferrari and John Marshall, along with colleagues from Caltech, NASA's JPL, and the Naval Postgraduate School, envision a revolution in climate modeling using data assimilation and machine learning.
December 10 2018
Charney Library Re-Opens Doors
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate The recently renovated library, named for late MIT Professor Jule Charney, now offers a welcoming space for students to interact both socially and academically.
December 6 2018
How to Make Professional Conferences More Accessible for Disabled People: Guidance from Actual Disabled Scientists Gabriela Serrato Marks | The Union of Concerned Scientists Grad student Gabriela Serrato Marks writes on how conferences can do better to accommodate disabled scientists, such as herself.
December 4 2018
Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared With Past Four Centuries
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Oceanus Magazine Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet has ramped up dramatically in the early 21st century, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the journal Nature.
December 3 2018
Studying Oil and Water
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Maryam Rashed Alshehhi, a visiting assistant professor from the United Arab Emirates, examines the Gulf region's most pressing environmental dilemmas.
December 1 2018
PAOC Heads to AGU
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate This December, PAOC members will present a wide range of research at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.
November 30 2018
A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’ Joshua Sokol | Quanta Magazine The EAPS Rothman group shows how simple physical principles can be used to describe how rivers grow everywhere from Florida to Mars.
November 21 2018
Mars 2020 Landing Site Announced
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Fatima Husain | EAPS News PAOC faculty members Professors Summons, Bosak, and Weiss provide insight and advise on landing site potential.
November 19 2018
Roger Summons on 'Proof' podcast An interview with Prof. Summons on gas chromatography–mass spectrometry on "Proof, America’s Test Kitchen" podcast.
November 13 2018
Building the best record of the ocean
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate An update on efforts led by Prof. Carl Wunsch to build a foundational framework for understanding the behavior of the entire ocean.
November 2 2018
Clearing clouds of uncertainty
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Studies show cloud variability during El Niño events could help better predict long-term climate change.
November 2 2018
Study: Impact of mercury-controlling policies shrinks with every five-year delay
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Toxin will accumulate in the environment, particularly in remote regions, as countries delay implementing emissions controls.
October 31 2018
Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit for Major Ocean Current
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Long-term melting may lead to release of huge volumes of cold, fresh water into the North Atlantic, impacting global climate.
October 31 2018
The Search Continues Nicole Estvanik Taylor | MIT Spectrum MIT Spectrum on PAOC member Julien de Wit joining the TRAPPIST team.
October 17 2018
How Hurricane Michael Became a 'Worst-Case Scenario' Robinson Meyer | The Atlantic Professor Kerry Emanuel speaks on Hurricane Michael's climate-addled rapid intensification with The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and more.
October 16 2018
Climate Fortnite: An Interview with Henri Drake ClimateX Team EAPS graduate student Henri Drake combines gameplay with environmental education to increase awareness of climate change.
August 10 2018
Emanuel selected to the 2018 Class of AGU Fellows Eric Davidson and Mary Anne Holmes | EOS The elected Fellows are AGU members whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields.
August 10 2018
NASA's Planet-Hunting TESS Catches a Comet Before Starting Science Lauren Hinkel TESS observes comet and variable stars.
August 1 2018
Top Scientists Explain to Senators Why We Must Look for Aliens Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Gizmodo Sara Seager tells the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation why it's important to fund space exploration hunting for extraterrestrial life.
July 30 2018
From Simple Separations to Complex Questions Fatima Husain | Summons Lab Girls from the Circle Program in Groton, NH talk about STEM, geologic timescales, astrobiology, chromatography and pursuing STEM careers with Summons Lab member Fatima Husain.
July 27 2018
NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Starts Science Operations TESS NASA’s TESS has started its search for planets around nearby stars, beginning science operations on July 25, 2018. Sara Seager is the Deputy Science Director of the MIT-led NASA Explorer-class mission.
July 11 2018
PAOC’s May and Spiro Selected as Finalists for Prestigious Knauss Fellowship Lauren Hinkel PAOC members and MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography graduate students Tyler Rohr and Gualtiero Spiro to spend a year working on critical marine policy and resource management issues in D.C.
June 27 2018
Australian Climate Policy Ignoring Billions in Potential Health Savings, Experts Say Anna Salleh | Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that "Australia is missing out on billions in short-term health savings that could come with tougher greenhouse emission targets, experts say." Noelle Selin comments that the health savings could offset climate polices.
June 18 2018
Charting the Future of Decarbonization Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT Joint Program workshop explores economic and environmental impacts of scaling up low-carbon energy.
June 5 2018
Meeting The Challenges of the Antarctic Ozone Hole: A Global Science and Policy Success Story EAPS News Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at MIT, honored for her contributions to atmospheric science.
June 4 2018
Meet the School of Science’s Tenured Professors for 2018 Bendta Schroeder | School of Science Six faculty members are granted tenure in four departments, including Dan Cziczo.
May 30 2018
Carl Wunsch and the Rise of Modern Oceanography Michael White | Forecast Carl Wunsch speaks with Forecast about his experience in oceanography, the history of the field and how major science questions are conceptualized and addressed.
May 29 2018
A Proposed Global Metric to Aid Mercury Pollution Policy Noelle E. Selin | Science Noelle Selin writes about how a global-scale metric to assess the impact of mercury emissions policies would help parties assess progress toward their goals to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury in the journal Science.
May 22 2018
Susan Solomon: At the Frontline of Research on the Ozone Layer and Its Role in Earth’s Climate Dawn Stover | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists MIT professor of atmospheric chemistry Susan Solomon receives the 2018 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She speaks with Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about her work the ozone hole, its affect on climate and policy.
May 21 2018
2018 EAPS Student Awards EAPS Education Office A roll-call of this year’s award recipients presented at the May 18th Student Recognition Dinner. PAOC graduate student Margaret Duffy receives the Award for Excellence in Teaching.
May 18 2018
TESS Takes Initial Test Image School of Science | MIT News Exoplanet-seeking satellite developed by MIT swings by moon toward final orbit. Prof. Sara Seager is the deputy science director of TESS.
May 3 2018
Macron's call to 'Make our Planet Great Again' attracts six more US-based scientists Sophie Tatum | CNN PAOC and Joint Program Senior Research Scientist Chien Wang awarded grant focused on the role of aerosols in the climate.