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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
Rwanda Launched the Medusa Instrument 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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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 Offers Unique Opportunity to Study Ancient Martian History and Search for Ancient Life
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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
Monitoring the Atmosphere, Changing the World
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change AGAGE network celebrates 40 years of measuring ozone-depleting and climate-warming gases.
October 31 2018
Addressing the Possibility of Life on Mars
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Fatima Husain | EAPS News Mars expert John Grotzinger tells the story of exploration and the search for ancient life on the red planet at the 2018 Carlson Lecture.
October 31 2018
The Search Continues Nicole Estvanik Taylor | MIT Spectrum MIT Spectrum on PAOC member Julien de Wit joining the TRAPPIST team.
October 24 2018
MIT-WHOI Joint Program Marks 50th Year
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Oceanus Magazine Unorthodox partnership remains an educational ‘jewel’
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
Understanding the Chaotic Nature of Weather
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Josh Kastorf | EAPS News A short documentary examining the legacy of famed MIT meteorologist and mathematician Edward N. Lorenz.
October 16 2018
Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?
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Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger | Oceanus Magazine The ocean may be the key to better forecasting hard-to-predict monsoons, explains graduate student Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger.
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.
October 12 2018
Studying the Hotbed of Horizontal Gene Transfers
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Fatima Husain | EAPS News Global Microbiome Conservancy’s preliminary results reveal new insights into human gut microbiomes and early climate.
October 12 2018
The 2018 PAOC Retreat: MIT Endicott House
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Kelsey Tsipis | MIT The 2018 PAOC retreat, hosted at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA, gave students and faculty a chance to socialize and relax before the start of the semester.
October 10 2018
Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
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Chawalit Charoenpong | Oceanus Magazine Graduate student Chawalit Charoenpong writes about his first dive to the seafloor in search of ingredients that may have sparked life on Earth.
September 24 2018
How Earth Sheds Heat into Space
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News New insights into the role of water vapor may help researchers predict how the planet will respond to warming.
September 20 2018
Who's Who? Who's New?
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Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News A chance to catch up with recent comings, goings and promotions in EAPS since the end of spring.
September 18 2018
The Unseen World on Coral Reefs
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Laura Castañón | Oceanus Magazine A hidden microbiome underlies health of reef ecosystems.
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.
April 26 2018
TESS Successfully Launched Lauren Hinkel NASA’s new planet-hunting TESS satellite was successfully launched into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6.51pm EST Wednesday April 18. The satellite rode into Earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, beginning its two-year mission to study nearby star systems to look for alien worlds that might harbor life.
April 23 2018
Urban Planning for a Changing Climate Science in the News | Harvard University Harvard's Science in the News speaks with John Bolduc, the Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge, and Professor Kerry Emanuel about what local communities are doing to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure.