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November 30 2014
Climate Feedback: Improving Media Coverage of Climate Science
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Genevieve Wanucha Emmanuel Vincent has launched Climate Feedback, a new web-based initiative to improve the accuracy of climate science reporting in the media. The first experiment with the method evaluated a recent ar...
November 10 2014
The Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle
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Genevieve Wanucha Learn about what happened when MIT researchers set their minds to figuring out why climate models generate a finding seemingly at odds with our basic understanding of global warming.***In classrooms a...
October 24 2014
Geophysicist Peter Molnar Takes Down a Popular Scientific Theory at the Lorenz Center's John Carlson Lecture
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Genevieve Wanucha Peter Molnar, professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, presented “Big Cats, Panamá, and Armadillos: A Story of Climate and Life" at the 2014 John Carlson Lecture...
September 29 2014
The 2014 PAOC Retreat: Cape Cod
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Genevieve Wanucha The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2014 PAOC Retreat too...
September 10 2014
Where time stands still, ideas travel generations
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Genevieve Wanucha The traditions of chalkboard mathematics, mentorship, and ample time to think make the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics program a summer school like no other.***It’s been another summer of intense lear...
August 27 2014
Snowfall in a warmer world
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Jennifer Chu/MIT News Study finds big snowstorms will still occur in the Northern Hemisphere following global warming.*If ever there were a silver lining to global warming, it might be the prospect of milder winters. After...
August 18 2014
Broadening the 'scope' of microbial oceanography
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT With an infusion of private funds, MIT researchers and collaborators will break new ground in the study of marine microbes at the legendary field site Station ALOHA.***The Simons Foundation, a New Yor...
July 20 2014
Seeing Beyond the Clouds
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Genevieve Wanucha Researchers In the Aerosol and Cloud Lab at MIT are perfecting ice cloud chamber methodology for future generations. A new instrument, the SPectrometer for Ice Nuclei (SPIN), will ultimately clarify h...
June 17 2014
Weston Middle School Visit
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Lodovica Illari Weston Midlle School Visits PAOC.A group of middle school students (6th grade) from the Weston Public schools visited PAOC, as part of their annual trip to MIT. Lodovica Illari, Allison Wing and grad ...
June 15 2014
The Rossby Award goes to Jessica Fitzsimmons and Chris Kempes
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Genevieve Wanucha Jessica Fitzsimmons, PhD '13, and Chris Kempes, PhD '13, have won the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Award for their outstanding PAOC PhD theses.Jessica Fitzsimmons completed her PhD thesis The Marine Biogeochemi...
June 2 2014
Solving the puzzle of ice age climates
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Genevieve Wanucha for MIT News MIT researchers look to the Southern Ocean for an explanation of the “Last Glacial Maximum.” The paleoclimate record for the last ice age — a time 21,000 years ago called the “Last Glacial Maximum” (L...
May 8 2014
Susan Solomon will lead MIT's New Initiative on the Environment
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David Chandler/MIT News Multidisciplinary program, to be led by Susan Solomon, will encourage collaborations among researchers in different fields.Read on MIT NewsMIT has announced a major new campuswide initiative to promot...
April 23 2014
How the Ocean Reins in Global Warming
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT The ocean plays a critical role in climate change, especially in setting the climate's response to increasing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. As excess heat accumulates in various parts o...
April 7 2014
Flight Path: Into the Volcanic Plume
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Genevieve Wanucha Researchers in EAPS are using small unmanned aircraft systems to better understand environmental phenomena. Their current target is the dangerous plume billowing from an active volcano.***In the thick...
April 3 2014
Ancient whodunit may be solved: The microbes did it!
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Methane-producing microbes may be responsible for the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history.Evidence left at the crime scene is abundant and global: Fossil remains show that sometime around 252 m...
February 27 2014
A Gold Medal in Oceanography
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT John Marshall, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography, recently accepted the 2014 Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society for his "fundamental insights into  water mass ...
February 21 2014
At the Lorenz Center, Water Unites Leaders in Climate Sciences
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT The first Lorenz Center scientific workshop, “Water in the Climate System,” was held February 10-12, 2014 at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts.Water has a lot of say in how Earth’s clima...
February 14 2014
A Brave New Ocean World
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT After 20 years of work, the new high-resolution virtual ocean, the MITgcm, is advancing science from theoretical fluid dynamics to marine ecology.“A picture’s worth a thousand words” is the first thin...
February 1 2014
Weathering the 2014 IAP
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Genevieve Wanucha It’s been a bone-chilling two weeks here in Cambridge during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), and thanks to Course 12.310 ‘An Introduction to Weather Forecasting,’ twenty new amateur forecas...
December 19 2013
Unlocking the Secrets of Starlight in the Search for Another Earth
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Genevieve Wanucha When a planet outside our Solar System, or exoplanet, is big enough and orbits tightly enough around a star that’s bright enough, it’s an astronomer’s dream. That’s because it’s possible to find that ...
November 24 2013
“Let’s Just Do Science:” The Origins of the Graduate Climate Conference
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT Sixteen graduate students in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have settled back to work after organizing and leading the 7th Graduate Climate Conference (GCC), which took place...
November 19 2013
New Oceans Faculty Positions Shine Spotlight on PAOC
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT September’s here, and classes in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have begun. Faculty, post docs, researchers, and graduate students continue to explore the ocean on computers,...
November 18 2013
“We Can and We Must:” Drew Shindell on Air Pollution and Climate Change Action
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT On Monday October 21, climatologist Drew Shindell came up from New York City’s NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to give the 13th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture, which filled n...
November 18 2013
The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun and Science on Jiminy Peak
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Genevieve Wanucha MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) oversees a broad program of education and research in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences in The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and P...
July 19 2013
How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event
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Helen Hill   How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’ group carried out a...
April 26 2012
Communicating the Climate Challenge Vicki Ekstrom, JPSPGC for MIT News Watch again as New York Times’ Andrew Revkin shares lessons with MIT faculty, students at PAOC co-sponsored Earth Day colloquium.
April 26 2012
Congratulations Dr. Horwitz PAOC congratulates newest doctoral grauate Rachel Horwitz
April 24 2012
Talkback 360 Visualizing Science: The Changing Arctic Ice MIT Museum - TechTV If you missed the recent arctic ice event at the MIT Museum, it's on techTV
April 23 2012
Grad Student Award Helen Hill Dan Chavas wins prize for best student paper
April 19 2012
Facing the facts about our changing climate Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Kerry Emanuel among participants in a Boston Globe panel in weighing climate risks and resolutions.
April 17 2012
Congratulations Dr. Lemkau PAOC congratulates newest doctoral grauate Karin Lemkau.
April 12 2012
Exploring Planets for Signs of Life P.R.I. Public Radio International & web.mit.edu/physics "Life metabolizes, life puts out gases, some of those gases are bio-signatures". Sara Seager on the search for extrasolar life.
April 10 2012
The Coldest March Heather Queyrouze, EAPS A review of last Friday's inaugural EAPS author night
April 10 2012
Teaching Award Helen Hill Lodovica Illari to receive Dean's Education and Advising Award
April 1 2012
New membership co-ordinator Ed Halligan takes over from Roberta Allard as PAOC program co-ordinator.
March 30 2012
Perpetual Ocean Goes Viral MITgcm News MITgcm at the heart of compelling new ocean visualizations
March 21 2012
Water World Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Illari and Marshall's "Weather in a tank" demonstrations help students grasp fluid dynamics.
March 6 2012
Cureforcymophobia Joint Program chemical oceanograhy student Sarah Rosengard is currently blogging in the Indian Ocean
February 28 2012
PAOC goes to Ocean Sciences Helen Hill This year the oceanographically inclined amongst us headed to Salt Lake City
February 28 2012
A climate window in the Southern Ocean Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office John Marshall and an updated circulation model revealing the Southern Ocean as a powerful influence on climate change
February 23 2012
A PAOC Goodbye. A PAOC Hello. Helen Hill Roberta Allard takes over as interim program coordinator as Beth MacEachran moves to CSAIL.
February 16 2012
Raf Ferrari named new Director of PAOC Kerry Emanuel, steps down to focus on Lorenz Center
February 13 2012
China’s pollution puts a dent in its economy Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change New study co-authored by Noelle Selin says despite improvements in air quality, the economic impact of air pollution has increased dramatically.
February 13 2012
‘Storm of the Century?’ Try ‘Storm of the Decade’ Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office New study co-authored by Ning Lin and Kerry Emanuel says knowing the frequency of storm surges may help urban and coastal planners design seawalls and other protective structures.
February 6 2012
Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spills Karin Lemkau in WHOI's Oceanus Magazine MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Karin Lemkau asks if out of sight means into the air or into fish?
February 6 2012
Congratulations Prof. O'Gorman O'Gorman promoted to Associate Professor
February 1 2012
On the Trail of Mercury in the Ocean Kathleen Munson, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Grad student Kathleen Munson looks at where and how elemental mercury released from burning coal gets transformed into the toxic monomethylmercury that accumulates in fish?
January 31 2012
Congratulations Dr. Sepulveda Postdoc Julio Sepulveda earns School of Science award
January 23 2012
Mercury and the Environment Vicki Ekstrom, JPSPGC Noelle Selin speaks about the EPA's recent Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
January 17 2012
The Cost of Tropical Cyclones Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office A new paper, co-authored by Kerry Emanuel, finds climate change could expose North America, East Asia and the Caribbean to costly climate damage.