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June 10 2015
Middle School Students Pay PAOC a Visit
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Cassie Martin A group of students from Weston Middle School recently visited EAPS to learn about the atmosphere, weather, and oceans.***Recent sunny days and warm temperatures signal the beginning of summer and the...
May 23 2015
Uncovering Diversity in an Invisible Ocean World
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Cassie Martin Tara Oceans, an international consortium of researchers that explored the world’s oceans in hopes of learning more about one of its smallest inhabitants, reported their initial findings this week in a...
May 23 2015
Study: Ocean Currents Change with Seasons
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Cassie Martin The strength of ocean currents change with the seasons, which have implications for both ocean life and climate according to a new MIT study.***As the seasons change, so too does the strength of ocean...
May 22 2015
PAOC Students Recognized for Excellence
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Cassie Martin Four students in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) received awards for excellence in research and teaching at the 2015 EAPS Student Awards Dinner.Casey Hilgenbrink (’15), who grad...
May 11 2015
4 Questions with David Battisti on El Niño and Climate Variability
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Cassie Martin Atmospheric Scientist David Battisti discusses the double El Niño phenomenon and what it does and doesn’t tell us about climate change. ***This year’s spring Houghton Lecturer is David Battisti, ...
May 4 2015
Diving into Ocean Science at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival
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Cassie Martin Just in time for Earth Day, Oceans at MIT was thrilled to participate in the Cambridge Science Festival Ocean’s Day hosted April 23, 2015 at the MIT Museum. ***Cambridge is a hub for science...
April 27 2015
Costa Christopoulos Named 2015 NOAA Hollings Scholar
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Cassie Martin EAPS undergraduate student Costa Christopoulos recently won a NOAA Scholarship that will support his passion for atmospheric science. Read more about the award and Christopoulos' research here. *...
April 20 2015
A Model Year for Climate Change
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Cassie Martin Climate expert Jochem Marotzke tackles the discrepancy between climate models and real-world observations of global temperature in the 15th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture.***Earlier this yea...
March 16 2015
Boston Sets New Snow Record
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Cassie Martin Near the end of one of the most brutal winters on record, Boston finally surpassed those 107.6 inches of snow recorded during the winter of 1995-1996, giving residents something to celebrate.***With n...
March 9 2015
Aditi Sheshadri Wins AMS Award
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Cassie Martin MIT graduate student Aditi Sheshadri's research on the impacts of stratospheric warming events on the lower atmosphere garnered her an award at the American Meteorological Society's 18th Conference on...
March 6 2015
The Science behind Boston's Record-Setting Winter of 2015
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Cassie Martin The winter of 2015 will likely become the snowiest Boston has ever seen. MIT Meteorologist Lodovica Illari shares her thoughts on the science behind these extreme weather events and what caused them.*...
February 26 2015
Oceans in a Warming World: 3 Questions with John Marshall
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Cassie Martin How do oceans affect climate, and vice versa? EAPS Professor of Oceanography John Marshall answers those questions and more in his talk Oceans in a Warming World. ***John Marshall, the Cecil and ...
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 ...
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.
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.