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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...
September 30 2010
Wind resistance
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MIT News Office - Morgan Bettex Researchers suggest generating electricity from large-scale wind farms could influence climate — and not necessarily in the desired way. Professor Ron Prinn and PRS Chien Wang of PAOC speak to MIT New...
September 30 2010
Explained: Climate sensitivity
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MIT News Office - David L. Chandler If we double the Earth’s greenhouse gases, how much will the temperature change? That’s what this number tells you. In the second part of their "Explained" series on climate change, PAOC researcher An...
September 30 2010
Genes as fossils
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MIT News Offics - Morgan Bettex Researchers discover the DNA responsible for creating fossil-like molecules found in ancient rocks. PAOC's Roger Summons speaks to MIT News...When exactly did oxygen first appear in Earth’s atmosphere...
September 30 2010
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
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MIT News Office - Morgan Bettex In an interview with MIT news, John Marshall offers a perspective on the spill, why ‘we have never had a spill like this', and what that means for cleanup efforts...More than a month after the tragic ...
September 22 2010
Noelle Selin on curbing mercury
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Morgan Bettex - MIT News Office As U.N. negotiations begin on a global mercury treaty, PAOC atmospheric scientist Noelle Selin explains the challenges ahead...The first United Nations negotiating session for a global, legally bindin...
September 22 2010
The Aerosols Conundrum
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Morgan Bettex - MIT News Office Just how much warmer Earth will become as a result of greenhouse-gas emissions — and how much it has warmed since preindustrial times — is much debated. In a 2007 report, the Intergovernmental Panel o...
September 22 2010
Climate Determinism Revisited
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MITgcm News Prompted by earlier work using a coupled ocean-atmosphere-sea ice configuration of MITgcm (Rose and Marshall, 2009), David Ferreira, John Marshall and Brian Rose have been probing the model for m...
September 17 2010
Ecological Balancing Act
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MIT News Office - Morgan Bettex New research by PAOC graduate student Andrew Barton suggests phytoplankton diversity depends on a balance between competition and the ocean’s physical dynamics...Phytoplankton are single-celled organi...
September 13 2010
The 2010 PAOC Retreat
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Helen Hill Around the beginning of each academic year, members of PAOC attend a weekend retreat for science, recreation, and relaxation.Generously subsidized by the Houghton Fund, the retreat is free of charge t...
April 28 2010
More hurricanes in greener seas?
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Morgan Bettex - MIT News Office  Research suggests ocean color is linked to formation, movement of tropical cyclones. PAOC Director, Kerry Emanuel, speaks to MIT news about a recent paper he has co-authored...read more......
April 28 2010
Weather in a Tank
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Morgan Bettex - MIT News Office In recent years, U.S. undergraduates have shown an increasing interest in introductory meteorology, oceanography and climate classes. But many students find it difficult to grasp the non-intuitive nat...