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January 4 2011
GFD Summer School, WHOI
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Each summer since 1959 the GFD program at WHOI has organized an extended course of study and research for a small group of competitively selected graduate-student fellows with the goal of bringing tog...
December 23 2010
Hurricanes’ effects on ocean temperature revisited
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Morgan Bettex - MIT News Office Mixing of ocean layers by tropical cyclones may have less effect on climate than previously thought, new research reveals: Most of the heat from the warm water that hurricanes mix deep into the oceans...
December 16 2010
December 16 2010
Houghton Lecturer Late Fall 2010 - Lance Bosart, SUNY
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The Houghton Lecturer for Late Fall 2010 was Lance Bosart  (University of Albany, NY) (visit dates Nov 8th - Nov 19th).Prof. Bosart's area of interest is broad including planetary-scale, synoptic...
December 8 2010
PAOC IAP Courses: 12.312
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NOT OFFERED JANUARY 2012The aim of 12.312 Understand and run your own climate model  is to introduce MIT undergraduates to the challenges of numerical modeling of a physical system, and, in parti...
December 3 2010
3 Questions: Sara Seager on the discovery of a ‘new’ form of life
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Morgan Bettex for MIT News Yesterday, NASA announced the discovery of a bacterium that can grow on a diet of arsenic and thus doesn’t share the biological building blocks traditionally associated with all life forms. The discov...
November 28 2010
Planet-in-a-Bottle
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MITgcm News New work by Sai Ravela, John Marshall, Chris Hill and others combines a numerical analogue with observations of a fluid experiment in the physical laboratory, as part of an effort to demonstrate how t...
November 27 2010
Food and Water
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Allison Crimmins in MIT News As the globe’s population increases and people become wealthier, agricultural production will need to likewise increase. But food systems may become more stressed because of a competition for water, a...
November 9 2010
PAOC weather forecasting team wins second place in the 2009-2010 WxChallenge
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MIT Forecast Team This year PAOC's weather forecasting team won second place in the national collegiate weather forecasting competition, run by the University of Oklahoma. It was a close contest, but unfortunately we w...
November 3 2010
Measuring Moisture
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Elizabeth Thomson - Spectrum Magazine, MIT PAOC's Dara Entekhabi, leads an international NASA science team set to make the first-ever global observations of soil moisture from space...Soil moisture is of interest to scientists, weather forecas...
November 3 2010
Trapped in Venice Flood
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Spectrum, MIT Rizzoli, professor of physical oceanography in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), was inspired by the plight of her hometown to devote her professional life to underst...
November 2 2010
IAP 2011
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PAOC members are offering two for-credit IAP classes in January...Among the for-credit classes offered are:12.312 - Understand and run your own Climate Model given by Paul O'GormanOverviews the fundam...
November 2 2010
DEAPS 2010
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The EAPS three-day exploration program in Extreme Weather and Climate showcases some of the most interesting and challenging aspects of weather and climate research.webite:http://web.mit.edu/deaps/wea...
October 27 2010
Incense Cedars and Failed Expectations
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Andrew Barton @ www.callofscience.com How a childhood in the Sierra's helped prime one grad student for a life in the Earth Sciences... Read this recent article by PAOC grad student Andrew Barton (advisor: Mick Follows) at www.callofscien...
October 27 2010
2010 Rossby Prize
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This year's Rossby Award goes to Daniel Enderton for his PhD thesis "On the meridional heat transport and its partition between the atmosphere and oceans". Daniel studied climate dynamics in the Clima...
October 27 2010
PAOC Undergraduate Courses: 12.003
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12.003 (Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics) is an undergraduate class designed to introduce students to the physics that govern the circulation of the ocean and atmosphere with a focus on the proc...
October 26 2010
Study sees changing intensity of storms from warming
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MIT News Office - Morgan Bettex PAOC's Paul O'Gorman suggests that hemispheres will respond to climate change differently...In a recent paper Understanding the varied response of extratropical storm tracks to climate change, in PNAS...
October 12 2010
Cruising the Atlantic to trace elemental movements
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Earth Magazine - Jeremy Jacquot Read about The Trace Metal Group's Fall 2010 North Atlantic cruise; part of the international GEOTRACES program to study trace elements and isotopes in the global ocean. To the right, grad. student Je...
October 7 2010
In the search for Earthlike exoplanets, GJ 436b has much to tell us...
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MIT News Office - Morgan Bettex Professor Sara Seager and postdoctoral researcher Nikku Madhusudhan have recently completed the first detailed analysis of the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet revealing surprisingly low methane l...
October 7 2010
3 Questions: Sara Seager on searching for Earth-like planets
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MIT News Office - David L. Chandler PAOC planetary scientist discusses projects that aim to discover distant planets similar to our own, and what we can learn when we find them...Professor Sara Seager has been studying exoplanets — plan...
October 7 2010
A Look Back in Time
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MIT News Office - Morgan Bettex By linking the odd geometry of bacterial growths to photosynthesis, researchers may have a new way to study Earth’s oldest fossils...About 85 percent of the history of life on Earth has been solely mi...
September 30 2010
Mysteries at High Latitudes
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Oceanus Magazine, WHOI Kjetil Våge, a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, was lead author of a new report showing the surprising return of convection in northern seas in the winter of 2007-8...Read about this 20...
September 30 2010
OCCA: Mapping Observations in a Dynamical Framework
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MITgcm News ECCO’s newest atlas uses MITgcm as a means of optimally synthesising data within the framework of a physically accurate general circulation model. By also limiting the time-period over which data was ...
September 30 2010
MITjcm - Using the MIT General Circulation Model to Model Jupiter
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MITgcm News PAOC alum Yohai Kaspi has been using MITgcm to model the atmosphere on a Jupiter-like gas giant...The circulations on the gas giants are quite different from those in Earth’s atmosphere: The flows are...
September 30 2010
Explained: Radiative Forcing
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MIT News Office - David L. Chandler When there's more energy radiating down on the planet than there is radiating back out to space, something's going to have to heat up. In the first in a series of climate science primers, MIT news spe...