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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 ...
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...
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.
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