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October 23 2012
Study maps pollution’s pathway to the Arctic, sets path for future research
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Vicki Ekstrom for JPSPGC Noelle Selin and Carey Friedman have built a model that will be further developed as part of an NSF-funded project to track how chemicals get to remote Arctic environments. Read more at MIT News...
October 23 2012
When it Rains, it Pours
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News Global warming is expected to intensify extreme precipitation, but the rate at which it does so in the tropics has remained unclear. A new study authored by Paul O'Gorman provides an estimate based on...
October 23 2012
Oceans Online
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Oceans at MIT John Marshall and the Oceans at MIT team, pull together all things "ocean" to create a new cross-campus website. Immerse yourself in this new resource for what is going on at MIT and within the MIT-WH...
October 23 2012
The Mathematics of Leaf Decay
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News Understanding the rate at which leaves decay can help scientists predict the global flux of carbon dioxide, and develop better models for climate change. A new mathematical model from postdoc Dav...
October 23 2012
Geotraces: Building a Periodic Table for the Ocean
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT Ed Boyle’s research group works on trace metals and trace metal isotope ratios in the oceans, estuaries, rivers, and ice cores. In this Oceans at MIT article, you can read about the team's involvemen...
October 18 2012
The 2012 PAOC Retreat: South Yarmouth, MA
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The 2012 PAOC retreat was held at the Red Jacket Resort in South Yarmouth, MA, on beautiful Cape Cod over the weekend of October 12-14.The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Prog...
August 3 2012
Exploring the Arctic
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Helen Hill Temperatures in the Arctic region has been rising at approximately twice the global average rate in the past 100 years (Solomon et al., Technical Summary, IPCC 2007).  To understand the effect of...
June 18 2012
Meet PAOC's Class of 2012
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 Checking-in with PAOC's Class of 2012:After staying on for several months as a postdoc, Ryan recently left MIT, heading west to Scripps where he has just started a postdoc position working with ...
June 18 2012
Fieldwork Focus: A Tunisian Adventure
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Julio Sepúlveda Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’s group carried out a geological fieldtrip in northwestern Tunisia. This ...
June 6 2012
Atmospheric Chemistry Redux
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Helen Hill  Atmospheric Chemistry takes center stage in Atmospheric Chemistry Redux the lead article in the spring issue of the EAPS alumni newsletter, EAPSpeaks. With 3 new faculty in the the past year alo...
June 4 2012
2012 Senior Theses
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Helen Hill, For her Senior Thesis Deepa Rao has been working with graduate student Laura Meredith to understand the microbially-mediated soil H2 sink while fellow PAOC unergraduate Roman Kowch worked with Lodovic...
May 17 2012
At the intersection of Physics and Biology in the Ocean
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Helen Hill Mick Follows is a Senior Research Scientist in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, part of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, at MIT. Together with the other memb...
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
August 5 2011
More about those tall trees BBC News Grad. student Chris Kempes speaks to the BBC about his research.
August 4 2011
Playing with Mercury Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change A new game, co-written by Noelle Selin, is designed to teach the role of science in policy making
August 2 2011
Congratulations Dr. Lee PAOC congratulates newest doctoral graduate Eunjee Lee.
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.