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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 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 29 2011
Introducing Atmospheric Chemist Prof. Susan Solomon
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Helen Hill   In this interview Prof. Solomon talks about her work and some of the things she is looking forward to at MIT. Susan Solomon is widely recognized as a leader in the field of atmospheri...
December 29 2011
December 16 2011
The Brit, his Computer and Prepping for a Greenhouse Whodunnit...
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Helen Hill   Get to know a little more about Researcher Matt Rigby and his work in this video interviewFor the past 4 years Matt Rigby, a member of the Prinn Group, has been a researcher in the Center ...
December 2 2011
Tracking an Elusive Chemical - Estrogens
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David Griffith, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Estrogens are a family of hormones that are essential for growth and development, and, notably, for determining whether you are a female or a male. Exposure to even small amounts of “extra” estrogen c...
November 23 2011
The Ocean's Tiny Chemists
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Kim Popendorf, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Marine microorganisms are the chemists of the ocean, continually cycling carbon and other chemicals via the routine biochemical reactions they use to live and grow. MIT-WHOI graduate student Kim Popen...
November 10 2011
Between the Beach and the Deep Blue Sea
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Rachel Horwitz, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Anything travelling from the shoreline to the ocean and vice versa - water, fish larvae, sand, pollutants - must go through the shallow inner shelf, which connects the beach to the deep ocean. Writing...
November 10 2011
The Office Next Door
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Peter Dizikes for MIT's Technology Review Casual conversations among colleagues can prove surprisingly fruitful. Exerpted from an article by Peter Dizikes in Technology Review entitled "The Office Next Door", Dizikes shines a light on the eth...
November 8 2011
October 24 2011
What does PAOC do all day?
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2011 PAOC Retreat Research Roundup Participants At this year's Retreat, students, postdocs, researchers and faculty participated in a "Rapid Research Roundup", 1 minute, 1 slide show-and-tell event. Here, for posterity, is the annotated slide ...
October 19 2011
Faculty Bibliographies
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Past Faculty:Edward Norton Lorenz (May 23, 1917 – April 16, 2008)  Lorenz was a mathematician and meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory. He discovered the notion of strange attractors and ...
October 14 2011
Beyond PAOC - MIT Student Policy Initiative
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 The MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) is a student-run group interested in educating students in the policies governing science research and innovation along with exploring how science and eng...
October 14 2011
A Passion for Life on Ice
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Helen Hill Alison Criscitiello is a fourth year Marine Geology and Geophysics student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Her principal interest is in glaciology, in particular validating a potential proxy for Antarc...
September 30 2011
The 2011 PAOC Retreat: Ziplines, Rockstar Wannabes and Accrostic Shannanigans
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Last weekend, members took off for the White Mountains for the 2011 PAOC Retreat. The 18th annual PAOC retreat took place last weekend, September 23-25, 2011, at the Mountain Club resort on...

September 27 2011
Ziplines, Rockstar Wannabes and Accrostic Shannanigans
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The 18th annual PAOC retreat took place last weekend, September 23-25, 2011, at the Mountain Club resort on Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH. Over 100 students, postdocs, researchers, faculty, suppor...
July 20 2011
Ocean Dynamics and the Carbon Cycle PAOC Senior Research Scientist Mick Follows has co-authored a new biogeochemistry text book
July 19 2011
Stellar eclipse gives glimpse of exoplanet MIT News Office - Jennifer Chu Seager and Demorey confirm dimensions of "super-Earth" 55 Cancri e
July 18 2011
Exoplanets Floating Freely, Without A Star NPR Sara Seager speaks to NPR's Science Friday
July 18 2011
The Tallest Tree in the Land Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office New model from PAOC grad. student Chris Kempes predicts maximum tree height across the United States; gives information about forest density, carbon storage.
July 14 2011
Rethinking Climate Change: The Past 150 Years and the Next 100 - Reprised "MIT WORLD - Distributed Intelligence" website Newly available video from April's "Rethinking Climate Change" Symposium
July 13 2011
June 29 2011
Got Danish? If so, listen to Prof. Noelle Eckley Selin's interview with Danish Radio on air pollution in China
June 22 2011
The Air Up There Grad. student Kat Saad reports from SARP
June 20 2011
Welcome back from WA! Lots of PAOC presenters at A.M.S., 18th Conf. on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, Spokane, WA.
June 14 2011
Corals in the Drake Passage Grad. student Andrea Burke heads to Antarctica to examine cold-water corals.
June 14 2011
Adventures in Svalbard Andrew Davis Student Andrew Davis heading to Svalbard to the 2011 International Polar Year Field School
June 8 2011
The impact of climate policy on U.S. aviation Allison Crimmins for MIT News Researchers find that a federal climate policy would lower total U.S. emissions, but without large reductions in the aviation sector.
June 7 2011
Wind, war and weathermen Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office a little history...
June 6 2011
The price of fresh air Allison Crimmins Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change for MIT News How costly are the health damages from air pollution in China? Noelle Selin co-authors a report...
June 1 2011
Exoplanets-R-Us Nature.com news blog Videos and comment following the May 27th Exoplanet symposium.
June 1 2011
Congratulations Dr. Barton PAOC's newest doctoral graduate
May 25 2011
A Change in Climate: A Fresh Approach to Climate Science School of Science Newsletter - Spring 2011 The Lorenz Center.
May 24 2011
Visiting Summer Students Introducing interns Harriet Lau and Rohit Goyal...
May 24 2011
A Realistic Climate Proposal Student success in MIT climate proposal writing competition
May 19 2011
Congratulations Dr Buckley PAOC Congratulates newest doctoral graduate Martha Buckley.
May 16 2011
PAOC Under the Dome Rotating tanks, greenhouse gambling, and a 240, 000 years an inch stroll through Earth history.
May 16 2011
May 16 2011
Student Award Vince Agard receives 2011 Crosby Award
May 12 2011
For people who love data The TES publishes its "Top 30 Research Institutions in Oceanography"
May 10 2011