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February 4 2015
Jörn Callies Wins AGU Award
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Cassie Martin MIT-WHOI graduate student Jörn Callies' research on atmospheric and oceanic wave fluctuations garnered him an award at the recent American Geophysical Union Conference—the largest worldwide confe...
January 20 2015
Science Storytelling: 42⁰ North
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Cassie Martin Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dena Seidel uses art to communicate science. We sat down with Seidel during her visit to MIT to ask her a few questions about earth and ocean science filmmaking.***...
December 22 2014
Life on an Aquaplanet
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Jennifer Chu/MIT News MIT News has a feature story explaining newly published research from scientists in the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) that explores the idea of extraterrestrial o...
December 9 2014
Small volcanoes make a dent in global warming
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MIT News New research shows that relatively small volcanic eruptions can increase aerosol particles in the atmosphere, temporarily mitigating the global warming caused by greenhouse gases. The impact of such s...
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...
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.
January 14 2012
Congratulations Dr. Gibbons PAOC congratulates newest doctoral graduate Fern Tolley Gibbons
January 11 2012
Who's Who? Who's New? Helen Hill A PAOC g'day to new postdoc Michael Bates
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
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.