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January 31 2019
Paul O’Gorman on the Promise of Machine Learning in Climate Modeling
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate As machine learning expands into climate modeling, EAPS Professor Paul O’Gorman answers what that looks like and why now.
January 17 2019
A Labor of Love
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Ali Ramadhan recently launched “Project Lovelace,” a website that helps scientists hone their programming skills with interactive problem sets.
January 14 2019
Medusa Instrument Launched for the Rwanda Global Climate Observatory
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Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Education In collaboration with MIT, Rwanda launches first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped to measure more than 50 gases that degrade the ozone layer and affect climate change.
January 3 2019
A “Pacemaker” for North African Climate
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity.
December 26 2018
In Case You Missed It
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate The top 10 stories to come out of the Program of Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate in 2018!
December 12 2018
New Climate Model to be Built from the Ground Up
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School of Science Professors Raffaele Ferrari and John Marshall, along with colleagues from Caltech, NASA's JPL, and the Naval Postgraduate School, envision a revolution in climate modeling using data assimilation and machine learning.
December 10 2018
Charney Library Re-Opens Doors
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate The recently renovated library, named for late MIT Professor Jule Charney, now offers a welcoming space for students to interact both socially and academically.
December 4 2018
Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared With Past Four Centuries
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Oceanus Magazine Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet has ramped up dramatically in the early 21st century, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the journal Nature.
December 3 2018
Studying Oil and Water
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Maryam Rashed Alshehhi, a visiting assistant professor from the United Arab Emirates, examines the Gulf region's most pressing environmental dilemmas.
December 1 2018
PAOC Heads to AGU
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate This December, PAOC members will present a wide range of research at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.
November 21 2018
Mars 2020 Landing Site Announced
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Fatima Husain | EAPS News PAOC faculty members Professors Summons, Bosak, and Weiss provide insight and advise on landing site potential.
November 13 2018
Building the best record of the ocean
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate An update on efforts led by Prof. Carl Wunsch to build a foundational framework for understanding the behavior of the entire ocean.
November 2 2018
Clearing clouds of uncertainty
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Kelsey Tsipis | Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Studies show cloud variability during El Niño events could help better predict long-term climate change.
November 2 2018
Study: Impact of mercury-controlling policies shrinks with every five-year delay
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Toxin will accumulate in the environment, particularly in remote regions, as countries delay implementing emissions controls.
October 31 2018
Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit for Major Ocean Current
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Long-term melting may lead to release of huge volumes of cold, fresh water into the North Atlantic, impacting global climate.
October 31 2018
Monitoring the Atmosphere, Changing the World
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change AGAGE network celebrates 40 years of measuring ozone-depleting and climate-warming gases.
October 31 2018
Addressing the Possibility of Life on Mars
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Fatima Husain | EAPS News Mars expert John Grotzinger tells the story of exploration and the search for ancient life on the red planet at the 2018 Carlson Lecture.
October 24 2018
MIT-WHOI Joint Program Marks 50th Year
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Oceanus Magazine Unorthodox partnership remains an educational ‘jewel’
October 16 2018
Understanding the Chaotic Nature of Weather
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Josh Kastorf | EAPS News A short documentary examining the legacy of famed MIT meteorologist and mathematician Edward N. Lorenz.
October 16 2018
Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?
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Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger | Oceanus Magazine The ocean may be the key to better forecasting hard-to-predict monsoons, explains graduate student Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger.
October 12 2018
Studying the Hotbed of Horizontal Gene Transfers
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Fatima Husain | EAPS News Global Microbiome Conservancy’s preliminary results reveal new insights into human gut microbiomes and early climate.
October 12 2018
The 2018 PAOC Retreat: MIT Endicott House
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Kelsey Tsipis | MIT The 2018 PAOC retreat, hosted at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA, gave students and faculty a chance to socialize and relax before the start of the semester.
October 10 2018
Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
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Chawalit Charoenpong | Oceanus Magazine Graduate student Chawalit Charoenpong writes about his first dive to the seafloor in search of ingredients that may have sparked life on Earth.
September 24 2018
How Earth Sheds Heat into Space
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News New insights into the role of water vapor may help researchers predict how the planet will respond to warming.
September 20 2018
Who's Who? Who's New?
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Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News A chance to catch up with recent comings, goings and promotions in EAPS since the end of spring.
May 22 2018
Susan Solomon: At the Frontline of Research on the Ozone Layer and Its Role in Earth’s Climate Dawn Stover | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists MIT professor of atmospheric chemistry Susan Solomon receives the 2018 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She speaks with Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about her work the ozone hole, its affect on climate and policy.
May 21 2018
2018 EAPS Student Awards EAPS Education Office A roll-call of this year’s award recipients presented at the May 18th Student Recognition Dinner. PAOC graduate student Margaret Duffy receives the Award for Excellence in Teaching.
May 18 2018
TESS Takes Initial Test Image School of Science | MIT News Exoplanet-seeking satellite developed by MIT swings by moon toward final orbit. Prof. Sara Seager is the deputy science director of TESS.
May 3 2018
Macron's call to 'Make our Planet Great Again' attracts six more US-based scientists Sophie Tatum | CNN PAOC and Joint Program Senior Research Scientist Chien Wang awarded grant focused on the role of aerosols in the climate.
April 26 2018
TESS Successfully Launched Lauren Hinkel NASA’s new planet-hunting TESS satellite was successfully launched into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6.51pm EST Wednesday April 18. The satellite rode into Earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, beginning its two-year mission to study nearby star systems to look for alien worlds that might harbor life.
April 23 2018
Urban Planning for a Changing Climate Science in the News | Harvard University Harvard's Science in the News speaks with John Bolduc, the Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge, and Professor Kerry Emanuel about what local communities are doing to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure.
April 6 2018
TESS Counting Down to Take-Off EAPS News Pre-launch media coverage of the MIT-led mission.
April 3 2018
School of Engineering First Quarter 2018 Awards School of Engineering Faculty members recognized for excellence via a diverse array of honors, grants, and prizes over the last quarter, including PAOC member Noelle Selin.
March 26 2018
Meet Tess, Seeker of Alien Worlds Dennis Overbye | New York Times Science NASA’s new spacecraft, to be launched next month, will give scientists a much clearer view of the planets orbiting stars near to us. Sara Seager, a member of the Tess team, shares her hopes and expectations.
March 19 2018
Alumnae unite at MIT Women's unConference Julie Barr | MIT Alumni Association Gathering brings alumni to campus to celebrate women and create connections to further societal changes. Opening keynote speaker Sara Seager shared her latest research on exoplanets and stories from her own personal triumphs and challenges in motherhood, marriage, and friendship.
March 7 2018
Storied Women of MIT: Eugenia Kalnay MIT Video Productions Eugenia Kalnay (PhD ‘71) is a world-renowned meteorologist and the first woman to earn a PhD in Meteorology from MIT. Storied Women of MIT is a series of 60-second historical profiles of MIT faculty, students, researchers, and staff highlighting the role of women at the Institute from its founding to today.
February 22 2018
At the Intersection Mayara Felix | MIT Spectrum Five grad students, including PAOC's Daniel Gilford, on finding their own routes into the policy sphere
February 20 2018
How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet? TED Radio Hour In our galaxy alone there are hundreds of billions of planets, and the past few years have ushered in an explosion of new discoveries about our universe. MIT's Sara Seager speaks with TED Radio Hour about looking for the perfect planet in the "Goldilocks" zone — neither too hot nor too cold — that could support life.
February 20 2018
GlobalFood+ Speed Talks Advance More Sustainable Food Systems Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Joint Program-affiliated researchers share findings at nexus of food, agriculture, environment and health
January 25 2018
Flood Risk Under an Uncertain Future Climate Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Joint Program researcher assesses the threat and how Cambridge can prepare
January 11 2018
Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate Change: Why Our Current Climate Is What It Is Science for the Public Lecture Series Dan Cziczo, Assoc. Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, speaks at the Science for the Public Lecture Series as an expert on the crucial role of clouds in the dynamics of climate. He explains the vital relationship between clouds and climate, and the present options for reducing atmospheric CO2.
January 4 2018
This researcher helped coin the term ‘bomb cyclone.’ He did it to keep people safe. Matthew Cappucci | Washington Post Understanding bombogenesis and how the term originated at MIT.
January 3 2018
Scientists Find Surprising Evidence of Rapid Changes in the Arctic Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution MIT-WHOI graduate student Lauren Kipp and scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.
December 29 2017
How We Know It Was Climate Change Noah S. Diffenbaugh | New York Times Sunday Review New York Times Sunday Review examines connections between climate change and extreme weather events, siting a paper from Kerry Emanuel showing that heavy rainfall during storms like Hurricane Harvey are becoming increasingly common.
December 8 2017
This Year's Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future? Christopher Joyce | NPR With the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season finally over, scientists are taking stock of what they say was a monumental year.
November 6 2017
EAPS Announces New Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Helen Hill | EAPS News The recently launched Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences (EAPS) seeks to support exceptional early-career scientists with interests across the broad range of disciplines represented in the department.
November 3 2017
“Mummies” Tummies to Reveal Digestive Evolution Anthony King | Horizon Magazine Dr. Ainara Sistiaga from the Summons Lab was recently interviewed by Horizon Magazine on the evolution of human diets.
October 31 2017
On the Fifth Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a Look at 2017 Heather Goldstone & Elsa Partan | Living Lab Radio Professor Kerry Emanuel speaks with Living Lab Radio/WGBH about Superstorm Sandy and how the 2017 hurricane season warrants action.
October 27 2017
What Planets Beyond our Solar System may Harbor Life? Steve Nadis | MIT Spectrum The TESS mission will scan our cosmic neighborhood to identify 50 top candidates
October 16 2017
Environmental Successes: How We Can Make Them Happen Again Living Lab Radio/ WGBH Atmospheric scientist Susan Solomon speaks with Living Lab Radio/WGBH about our track record of environmental success stories that deserve more attention.