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October 23 2012
Power in Modeling Virtual Marine Microbes
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Microbe Magazine When used properly, models provide valuable insights into complex systems and sometimes yield surprising, even counterintuitive outcomes. Darwin Project researcher Stephanie Dutkiewicz explains her gr...
October 23 2012
DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate 2012
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Allison Wing The program began on Wednesday, August 22 with a lunch at which the participants were given an introduction to the activities planned for the next few days, and also got to meet several EAPS faculty. ...
October 23 2012
Study maps pollution’s pathway to the Arctic, sets path for future research
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Vicki Ekstrom for JPSPGC Noelle Selin and Carey Friedman have built a model that will be further developed as part of an NSF-funded project to track how chemicals get to remote Arctic environments. Read more at MIT News...
October 23 2012
When it Rains, it Pours
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News Global warming is expected to intensify extreme precipitation, but the rate at which it does so in the tropics has remained unclear. A new study authored by Paul O'Gorman provides an estimate based on...
October 23 2012
Oceans Online
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Oceans at MIT John Marshall and the Oceans at MIT team, pull together all things "ocean" to create a new cross-campus website. Immerse yourself in this new resource for what is going on at MIT and within the MIT-WH...
October 23 2012
The Mathematics of Leaf Decay
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News Understanding the rate at which leaves decay can help scientists predict the global flux of carbon dioxide, and develop better models for climate change. A new mathematical model from postdoc Dav...
October 23 2012
Geotraces: Building a Periodic Table for the Ocean
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT Ed Boyle’s research group works on trace metals and trace metal isotope ratios in the oceans, estuaries, rivers, and ice cores. In this Oceans at MIT article, you can read about the team's involvemen...
October 18 2012
The 2012 PAOC Retreat: South Yarmouth, MA
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The 2012 PAOC retreat was held at the Red Jacket Resort in South Yarmouth, MA, on beautiful Cape Cod over the weekend of October 12-14.The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Prog...
August 3 2012
Exploring the Arctic
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Helen Hill Temperatures in the Arctic region has been rising at approximately twice the global average rate in the past 100 years (Solomon et al., Technical Summary, IPCC 2007).  To understand the effect of...
June 18 2012
Meet PAOC's Class of 2012
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 Checking-in with PAOC's Class of 2012:After staying on for several months as a postdoc, Ryan recently left MIT, heading west to Scripps where he has just started a postdoc position working with ...
June 18 2012
Fieldwork Focus: A Tunisian Adventure
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Julio Sepúlveda Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’s group carried out a geological fieldtrip in northwestern Tunisia. This ...
June 6 2012
Atmospheric Chemistry Redux
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Helen Hill  Atmospheric Chemistry takes center stage in Atmospheric Chemistry Redux the lead article in the spring issue of the EAPS alumni newsletter, EAPSpeaks. With 3 new faculty in the the past year alo...
June 4 2012
2012 Senior Theses
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Helen Hill, For her Senior Thesis Deepa Rao has been working with graduate student Laura Meredith to understand the microbially-mediated soil H2 sink while fellow PAOC unergraduate Roman Kowch worked with Lodovic...
May 17 2012
At the intersection of Physics and Biology in the Ocean
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Helen Hill Mick Follows is a Senior Research Scientist in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, part of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, at MIT. Together with the other memb...
May 7 2012
Kadanoff "makes a Splash"
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Lorenz Center Professor Leo Kadanoff spent the last two weeks at MIT as the Lorenz Center's First Visiting Scientist and Spring 2012 Houghton Lecture speaker. He was hosted by Professor Daniel Rothman and Kerry Ema...
April 20 2012
Introducing Atmospheric Chemist Prof. Colette Heald
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Helen Hill Professor Colette Heald is interested in global atmospheric composition and chemistry, and interactions of these with the biosphere and climate system, including the study of both particles and gases ...
April 5 2012
Picture Power
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Helen Hill As scientists we sometimes struggle to communicate what we do: Diagrams can quickly get complicated, equations morph into a tangle of inky Greek. This week a new vizualisation is proving that the "rig...
March 22 2012
Weather in a Tank II - Water World
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Since 2001, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall have worked to make rotating fluid dynamics more intuitive for undergraduate students studying weather and climate, using a demonstration aptly named ...
March 1 2012
Powerful Currents in Deep-Sea Gorges
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Rebecca Walsh Dell "On my first major research cruise, the ship was hit by a hurricane. On the second, the weather was even worse. In one particularly nasty storm, I remember standing braced on the ship's bridge late at...
February 10 2012
Back to the Forest
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Helen Hill Micro-organisms have produced dramatic shifts in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and continue to be important drivers of ocean- and land-atmosphere exchanges of gases that have a strong infl...
January 30 2012
PAOC Fall Course 12.713 (new number)
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Course 12.713 "Numerical Ocean Modeling" is a new hands-on course for developing computational models of oceanic processes such as transport (advection, diffusion), mixing and reaction (ecosystems) th...
January 30 2012
PAOC Spring Course 12.S990
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The ability to quantify the uncertainty in our models of nature is fundamental to many inference problems in science and engineering. In this course, Ravela will lead a study of advanced methods to re...
January 26 2012
2011 Publication Review
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Helen Hill  This listing of papers authored by members of PAOC was created from the Expanded Science Citation Index which includes the following source publications. It does not include conference proceedin...
January 12 2012
Climate's Dusty Clues
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Helen Hill David McGee's general interest is paleoclimatology. More specifically, he focusses on reconstructing past changes in extratropical atmospheric circulation and hydrology. He explores this area through ...
January 9 2012
Outreach opportunity Sarvesh Garimella Help needed with the 2012 Blue Lobster Bowl
January 6 2012
Congratulations Dr. Abernathey PAOC congratulates newest doctoral graduate Ryan Abernathey
January 5 2012
Cool Shorts: Climate Change on Web Video IAP activities - Science, Technology & Society A chance to focus on communicating climate change
January 5 2012
Searching for Life on the Seafloor Jill McDermott, MIT-WHOI Joint Program MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Jill McDermott is currently on a cruise exploring the deep seafloor of the Mid-Cayman Ridge
January 4 2012
Microbe Metabolism Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Chris Kempes, Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Mick Follows have developed a mathematical model relating metabolic partitioning to the form of growth. Ecology of nitrogen fixers in the Pacific Ocean
January 3 2012
IAP 2012
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 For-credit offerings:12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting Lodovica Illari Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30, Feb. 1, 3; 1:30-3:00pm, 54-915Pre-register on WebSIS and attend fir...
December 22 2011
Atmospheric Mercury Dean Kuipers for the LA Times Noelle Selin speaks to the LA Times about the EPAs new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
December 22 2011
PAOC goes to AGU Helen Hill Roundup of papers and posters presented by PAOC members at the Fall 2011 AGU Meeting, San Francisco, Dec 5-9.
December 22 2011
MIT Global Environment Initiative Seeks Public Comment Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Oceans and Climate two of six initiative foci
December 21 2011
Two new Earth-sized exoplanets discovered Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Seager among team to report finding two new Earth-sized exoplanets
December 20 2011
Season's Greetings from MIT MIT Happy Holidays!
December 19 2011
The Scientist who Loved the Cold Ari Daniel Shapiro for Oceanus Magazine, WHOI Another take on MIT-WHOI Joint Program grad. student Ali Criscitiello's work
December 16 2011
Sara Seager named AAAS fellow MIT News Office Seager among four named from MIT
December 12 2011
Robert van der Hilst named new department head. School of Science in MIT News Succeeds Maria Zuber, who has led EAPS for the past eight years.
December 2 2011
A Man for all Seasons School of Science Newsletter - Fall 2011 Fidelity fund manager and Lorenz Center benefactor, John H. Carlson (X!X), talks to SoS about life as a student in Meteorology
November 18 2011
Blogging Darjeeling Anita Ganesan, Prinn Group Follow grad. student Anita Ganesan's blog. Anita is currently in Darjeeling, India installing the instrument she has built to measure long-lived greenhouse gases
November 18 2011
Timeline of a Mass Extinction Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Dan Rothman and Sam Bowring (EAPS) have identified a new timescale that may help scientists home in on the end-Permian extinction’s likely causes.
November 16 2011
Postcard from Darjeeling Laura Meredith, Prinn Group Grad students Laura Meredith and Anita Ganesan are currently in Darjeeling, India, deploying Anita's gas chromatograph.
November 15 2011
The Mercury Game TechTV Find out how a game, co-developed by Noelle Selin, can teach people about the role of science in international environmental policy making
November 15 2011
The Office Next Door Peter Dizikes for MIT's Technology Review New in History
November 4 2011
Spring Greening Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Researchers identify physical explanation for why phytoplankton blooms explode along ocean fronts.
October 26 2011
Inaugural Carlson Lecture If you missed last week's Lorenz Center sponsored inaugural Carlson lecture, here is a recording.
October 25 2011
Where the wind blows. David L. Chandler, MIT News Office How far can wind power go toward reducing global carbon emissions from electricity production?
October 14 2011
MIT Science Policy Initiative This student run organisation aims to change how scientists and engineers at MIT engage with policy-makers and the public.
September 27 2011
Obituary for Dr. Pauline M. Austin. Boston Globe Pauline M. Austin contributed to some of the early pioneering work on weather radar development, died August 29.