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July 24 2017
The Sticky Intertropical Convergence Zone
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Lauren Hinkel

Ocean circulation coupled to changes in trade winds efficiently damps ITCZ movement to transport heat across the equator.

July 24 2017
Indian Monsoons Have Strengthened Over Past 15 Years
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come.

July 21 2017
Understanding Climate Change’s Ground Zero
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study highlights need to improve modeling of carbon-rich Northern Eurasia

July 18 2017
Susan Solomon Honored for her Contributions to Atmospheric Science
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies Susan Solomon to receive the Royal Society's 2018 Bakerian Medal and give the Bakerian Lecture.

July 11 2017
Climate Change to Deplete Some US Water Basins, Reduce Irrigated Crop Yields
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report.

July 6 2017
Rising Temperatures are Curbing Ocean’s Capacity to Store Carbon
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Study finds large amounts of carbon dioxide, equivalent to yearly U.K. emissions, remain in surface waters.

July 5 2017
de Wit Named Innovators Under 35 -- 2017 Innovator of the Year, Belgium
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Innovators Under 35, also known as TR35, is an annual list published by MIT Technology Review magazine, naming the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35.

June 26 2017
Costa Christopoulos Wins the Christopher Goetze Prize for Undergraduate Research
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Lauren Hinkel

The award is given for innovative experimental design, care in data collection, and sensitive application of results to research problems.

June 23 2017
Pauline Morrow Austin: Radar & Weather Maven
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MIT Video Productions

 Pauline Morrow Austin (PhD '42) joined MIT's Weather Radar Research Project at its inception in 1946 and went on to direct the project from 1956-1979. Her pioneering work to interpret weather radar echoes laid the foundation for modern radar meteorology.

June 22 2017
Recognizing a Legacy of Citizenship and Devotion to MIT
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Lauren Hinkel

Michael McClellan Receives the 2017 Karl Taylor Compton Prize.

June 14 2017
Monitoring and Mitigating Mercury Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Amanda Giang PhD '17 models a pollutant’s pathways and helps decision makers craft more effective mitigation policies.
June 9 2017
MIT-NASA Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
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Ellen Gray | NASA's Earth Science News Team

New MIT-NASA research using models of Atlantic circulation finds that the ocean absorbs atmospheric gases more easily than heat energy, and the slowing circulation that results, reduces its ability to absorb both.

June 9 2017
2017 Senior Thesis Presentations
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Each year, graduating seniors majoring in EAPS present a thesis in completion of their Bachelor of Science Degree. This year, EAPS had a class of 8 students specializing in areas across the earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, 5 of whom were advised by PAOC members.

June 9 2017
Charting a Better Future for Africa Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Applying models to help decision-makers advance food security and sustainable development in a climate-compromised continent
June 7 2017
Adapting Food Crops to Climate Change - Associate Professor Colette Heald MIT ClimateX In this video, Associate Professor Colette Heald discusses how we can increase global food production if climate change from air pollution is reducing our crop yields at the World Economic Forum.
June 5 2017
Measuring Biological Dust in the Wind
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Lauren Hinkel

A new technique developed in the Cziczo Lab may be the most accurate way of identifying biological aerosols from mineral dust in the atmosphere, constraining their contribution to cloud formation and climate change.

June 2 2017
MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement
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MIT News Office

MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017.

May 30 2017
An Ocean of Curiosity
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT oceanographers explore Earth’s seas with the Boston community for the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum.

May 23 2017
Happy 100th Birthday to the Father of Chaos
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Kerry Emanuel

Today, May 23rd, Edward N. Lorenz, longtime professor of meteorology at MIT, would have turned 100. Widely recognized as the father of the modern theory of chaos, he profoundly altered the way we view the natural world.

May 22 2017
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of TRAPPIST-1 System's Outermost Planet
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Peter Kelley | University of Washington

A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers, among them Julien de Wit from PAOC in Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. 

 

May 22 2017
2017 EAPS Student Awards EAPS Education Office A roll-call of this year's Excellence in Teaching, Crosby, and Goetze Award recipients presented at the May19th Student Recognition Dinner.
May 15 2017
Varied Increases in Extreme Rainfall with Global Warming
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Intensification of extreme rainfall varies from region to region, study shows.

May 12 2017
Noelle Selin Awarded Tenure
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MIT IDSS

Congratulations to Noelle Selin, EAPS and IDSS professor and PAOC member, for her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure by the Executive Committee of the Corporation.

May 3 2017
EAPS Patrons Circle Event Highlights Value of Science in the Service of Humanity EAPS Development Office EAPS Patrons joined students, faculty and friends for a festive Third Annual EAPS Patrons Circle celebration in Kendall Square on April 13, 2017.
May 1 2017
Who's Who? Who's New? in EAPS Helen Hill | EAPS News A warm welcome to visiting scientist Wenlian Xiao, new Summons Lab Assistant Alexandra Bryan, and Babbin Group postdoc Einat Segev. Plus, congratulations to Xiaolei Liu of the Summons Group on his recent promotion from Postdoc to Research Scientist.
April 27 2017
3Q: Refocusing Climate Research in a New Era
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Lauren Hinkel

A new perspective from climate researchers argues that there are three key questions that should frame future climate research.

April 27 2017
Exploring our Oceans: The Cross-talk between Marine Life and Climate Change Harvard's SIT’N Listen Podcast Harvard's SIT'N Listen Podcast speaks with MIT and WHOI graduate students Gabriela Farfan and Hanny Rivera about how studying oceans and marine biodiversity can help us better understand and combat climate change.
April 26 2017
Leshner Leadership Fellow Noelle Selin Catalyzes Dialogue with Public, Policymakers
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT researcher helps bring scientific evidence into public decision-making

April 20 2017
March for Science on Saturday — get off sidelines, make a difference Lauren Hinkel Noelle Held, a PhD candidate in chemical oceanography at MIT and WHOI, discusses why she's proud to be part of a long history of American scientists and pioneers, and why it's important to continue supporting science, particularly this weekend.
April 19 2017
New Potentially Habitable Planet Discovered
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Identified as New Target for Atmospheric Study.

April 14 2017
MIT Quarter Century Club Welcomes New Members for 2017
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Richard L. Benford | Bonny S. Kellermann | Quarter Century Club

Class includes 99 new members from both the Cambridge campus and Lincoln Laboratory among them are PAOC's Michael Follows, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall.

April 12 2017
Kerry Emanuel Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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MIT News Office

Kerry A. Emanuel, the EAPS Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, joins the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders in the academy.

April 11 2017
Environmentalist and Explorer Kate Telma | MIT News correspondent Senior Elizabeth Rider uses atmospheric chemistry research on aerosols with Prof. Dan Cziczo and Noelle Selin to create international connections.
April 7 2017
Stream Network Geometry Correlates with Climate
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Terri Cook | EOS

Work by Prof. Daniel H. Rothman and the MIT Lorenz Center's Hansjörg Seybold show that a "big data" analysis of nearly 1 million river junctions in the contiguous United States shows that branching angles in dendritic drainages vary systematically between humid and arid regions.

April 5 2017
ES&T’s Best Papers of 2016 Lauren Hinkel Selin’s “Costs of IQ Loss from Leaded Aviation Gasoline Emissions” takes Top Paper in Environmental Policy for 2016.
March 24 2017
How Climate Change Covered China in Smog Lauren Hinkel Air quality in Beijing has a lot to do with snowstorms in Siberia. Associate Professor Noelle Selin comments on how local weather can influence global air pollution in The Atlantic.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.