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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...
June 25 2013
A Woman, a Mountain, a Quest to Map Climate Change
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alum.mit.edu On a mountaintop in Rwanda, Katherine Potter is helping to put Africa on the climate change grid. She is Katherine Potter PhD ’11, the principal investigator for the new Rwanda Climate Observatory. Wo...
June 11 2013
Chaos at 50
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Physics Today Fifty years have passed since Edward Lorenz published his discovery of the surprising behavior we now know as chaos. With a simple, three-equation weather model, Lorenz demonstrated that even ful...
June 10 2013
400 ppm CO2? Add Other GHGs, and It’s Equivalent to 478 ppm
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Oceans at MIT Atmospheric chemist and climate scientist Ron Prinn discusses the real issues around 400 ppm of atmospheric CO₂.Read this story at Oceans at MITWhat is so significant about this 400-ppm reading?T...
May 22 2013
Got Weather? PAOC on the Weather Channel
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The Weather Channel Grad student Vince Agard recently met with a film crew from the Weather Channel. Here he is, explaining how the Earth's rotation contributes to severe weather......
May 8 2013
Digital Computing for the Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate
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Helen Hill Chris Hill's work centers on how digital computing technology in its broadest sense applies to Earth science and especially the ocean. Computing in general has a long and proud history ...
April 21 2013
Ocean-borne Garbage Pulls a Crowd
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Helen Hill and Genevieve Wanucha

Oceans at MIT goes to the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival...  Ocean scientists from MIT’s Program in Oceans, Atmospheres, and Climate as well as EAPS department undergraduates headed over to th...

April 5 2013
A ‘green’ Sahara was far less dusty than today
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News  As recently as 5,000 years ago, the Sahara — today a vast desert in northern Africa, spanning more than 3.5 million square miles — was a verdant landscape, with sprawling vegetation and numerous...
February 25 2013
Forging a New Direction in Climate Research
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MIT Alumni Association In this Faculty Forum Online broadcast, Professor Kerry Emanuel ’76, PhD ’78 discussed a new approach to climate science that emphasizes basic understanding over black box simulation. R...
January 29 2013
Cumulus, cirrus, stratus: what clouds say about climate change
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MIT Alumni Association In this recent Faculty Forum broadcast event, Dan Cziczo set out to answer what happens when particles in the atmosphere, especially manufactured ones, interact with water vapor and temperature to for...
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.
September 27 2011
Spitzer Detects a Steaming Super-Earth Eclipsing Its Star NASA news brief Research by postdoc Brice-Olivier Demory provides surprising new details about a supersized and superheated version of Earth called 55 Cancri e
September 27 2011
Ecology of Nitrogen Fixers in the Pacific Ocean Ben Ward Darwin Project researchers have been investigating the large scale distribution of diazotrophs in the Pacific Ocean.
September 26 2011
New Website Helen Hill The Lorenz Center goes online.
September 14 2011
News and World Report College Rankings Emily Finn for MIT News MIT continues to lead in Earth Science graduate programs
September 13 2011
Psychotherapy for Phytoplankton Erin Bertrand for Oceanus/ The WHOI Newsletter Life can be stressful out there in the microscopic marine world
September 13 2011
New Faculty David McGee joins PAOC.
September 13 2011
Breene Professorship Raffaele Ferrari names Breene F. Kerr Professor of Oceanography
September 12 2011
Marking 9-11 The Green Building, last night.
September 6 2011
PAOC administration change Beth MacEachran takes over from Kristen Barilaro as PAOC administrator
August 31 2011
A new way to model urban air pollution Allison Crimmins for the MIT News Office Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change report on improved methods to model atmospheric aerosols
August 30 2011
August 29 2011
Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate by Justin Gillis for the New York Times Kerry Emanuel talks to the NYT about Irene.
August 26 2011
Why are hurricane forecasts still so rough? Kerry Emanuel talks to CNN about the challenge of hurricane forecasting
August 18 2011
CGCS gets a facelift. The MIT Center for Global Change Science website gets a sleek new look.
August 16 2011
Who's who? Who's new? PAOC welcomes new postdoc. Daniel Goldberg
August 16 2011
Breathing new life into Earth MIT News Office - Jennifer Chu New research shows evidence of early oxygen on our planet.