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January 10 2017
Study Finds More Extreme Storms Ahead for California
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office New technique predicts frequency of heavy precipitation with global warming.On Dec. 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with th...
January 10 2017
Short-Lived Greenhouse Gases Cause Centuries of Sea-Level Rise
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Through warming effects, methane and other gases impact rising seas long after leaving the atmosphere.Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmos...
January 2 2017
Students, Academics, and Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Tackle the Future of Water Utilities
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Fifth annual MIT Water Summit brings together interdisciplinary panelists to give multiple perspectives on major issues surrounding the water sector.Read this story in MIT News.Turn on the faucet and ...
December 19 2016
New study sets oxygen-breathing limit for ocean’s hardiest organisms
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Bacteria can survive in marine environments that are almost completely starved of oxygen. Around the world, wide swaths of open ocean are nearly depleted of oxygen. Not quite dead zones, they are...
December 10 2016
The World Sees Me as the One Who Will Find Another Earth
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Lauren Hinkel In an in-depth piece for The New York Times Magazine, writer Chris Jones spotlights MIT Prof. and astrophysicist Sara Seager’s journey in searching for an Earthlike exoplanet. Jones writes t...
November 28 2016
Climate Models May Be Overestimating the Cooling Effect of Wildfire Aerosols
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Accounting for year-to-year variability enables more accurate projections of climate change and its impactsWhether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or pe...
November 23 2016
Saharan Dust in the Wind
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Scientists find huge reduction in African dust plume led to more Saharan monsoons 11,000 years ago.Read this story in MIT News.Every year, trade winds over the Sahara Desert sweep up huge plumes of mi...
November 18 2016
Living in the Future
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Lauren Hinkel Scientists from MIT and Boston University explore how well early science fiction in movies were able to predict today's technological advances and the culture around which it's based.Since the early d...
November 11 2016
Big Ice, Big Science
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Lauren Hinkel Richard Alley delivers the 2016 Carlson Lecture on the physics of glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and Boston and how ice sheets capture a history of the world’s climate.Two-miles thick and a contin...
November 3 2016
Tackling Questions of Ocean Physics with MIT Oceanographer Raffaele Ferrari Lauren Hinkel Understanding ocean circulation, its climate impact, & how it shapes biological productivity
November 1 2016
Forecasting the Head of the Charles
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Helen Hill | EAPS News Not the winners: The weather! For the third year in a row, Costa Christopoulos '17 provides local, fine-scale weather forecasting support for this beloved annual, international, two-day regatta on the...
October 28 2016
Seven new faculty members join the School of Science this fall School of Science Climate Physicist Timothy Cronin joins PAOC faculty
October 27 2016
The Climate Context of Hurricane Matthew Lauren Hinkel Kerry Emanuel speaks with Warm Regards about one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history
October 27 2016
AGU Should Sever Its Ties with ExxonMobil Michael E. Mann, Naomi Oreskes, and Kerry A. Emanuel AGU and its funders should be held to the same standards of evidence-based scrutiny that it expects of the scientists who publish in its own journals.
October 25 2016
Fall 2016 in PAOC
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Lauren Hinkel With the semester in full swing, PAOC members are enjoying several new, engaging and fun events happening in the department.  The PAOC Retreat (9/30 – 10/2/16) The weekend of September 30th ...
October 25 2016
2015 & 2016 Rossby Awards Announced
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Lauren Hinkel Jill McDermott '15 and Joern Callies '16 have been awarded the Rossby Prize for their respective theses.Remembered as one of the major figures in the founding of the modern dynamical study of the atmo...
October 25 2016
Discovering Extreme Weather
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Lauren Hinkel Incoming freshmen experience life in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheres and Planetary Sciences through weather and climate experiments and a hike up Mt. Washington during the 2016 Discovering EAPS...
October 20 2016
The 2016 PAOC Retreat: Ocean Edge in Brewster, MA
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This year’s PAOC retreat to Ocean Edge’s seaside resort in Brewster, MA gave attendees a chance to socialize and relax before the semester’s events began to pick up. Scheduled over the weekend of...

September 28 2016
Ferrari Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Oceanography
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Lauren Hinkel Raffaele Ferrari, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, has been selected to receive the 2016 Robert L. and ...
September 23 2016
Eight School of Science faculty appointed to named professorships Bendta Schroeder | School of Science Raffaele Ferrari named the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.
September 21 2016
3Q: Kerry Emanuel on a “Parexit” and the serious risks of climate change
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Sarah McDonnell | MIT News Office In open letter, 375 National Academy of Sciences members warn against opting out of Paris Agreement.This May, in a speech at an oil and natural gas conference in North Dakota, Republican presidential ...
September 16 2016
Giant algal bloom sheds light on formation of White Cliffs of Dover Lauren Hinkel A great algae bloom at the bottom of the world is teaching scientists more about how an iconic symbol of the United Kingdom came to be.
September 14 2016
The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA
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 This year’s PAOC retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains surrounding Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, MA gave attendees wonderful opportunities to befriend new colleagues, learn about new res...
September 14 2016
How Might a Steep Decline in Aerosols Impact the Climate?
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change EAPS PhD student Daniel Rothenberg targets one of climate modeling’s biggest unknowns.Air pollution from power plants, internal combustion engines and other artificial sources impacts not only human h...
September 14 2016
Computing the Ocean’s True Colors
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Stephanie Dutkiewicz’ phytoplankton models project the future of the ocean as food source and carbon sink.When she was 17, Stephanie Dutkiewicz set sail from her native South Africa to the Caribbean i...
September 13 2016
The 2014 PAOC Retreat: Cape Codder Resort, Cape Cod
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The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2014 PAOC Retreat too...
September 13 2016
The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun & Science on Jiminy Peak
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MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) oversees a broad program of education and research in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences in The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and P...

September 12 2016
The 2010 PAOC Retreat: Ogunquit, ME
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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 ...
September 12 2016
The 2009 PAOC Retreat: Stratton Mountain, VT
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The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2008 PAOC R...
September 12 2016
The 2008 PAOC Retreat: Cape Cod, MA
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The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2008 PAOC R...
September 12 2016
The 2007 PAOC Retreat: Waterville Valley, NH
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The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2005 PAOC Retreat took...
August 8 2016
Monsoon Intensity Enhanced by Heat Captured by Desert Dust Phys.org Postdoc Qinjian Jin finds variations in the ability of heat-absorbing atmospheric sand particles from Middle Eastern deserts can intensify the Indian Summer Monsoons
July 29 2016
CEE Announces New Leadership Appointments MIT News Colette Heald to Serve as CEE Associate Department Head
July 6 2016
Back to the Thesis Lauren Hinkel How Astrophysicist Sara Seager's PhD work founded the field of exoplanet study
June 28 2016
The Perfect Planet Lauren Hinkel Planetary scientist Sara Seager argues that the concept of exoplanets' "habitable zone" isn't helpful anymore
June 23 2016
Getting Back into Nuclear Chris Mooney | Washington Post It’s the first new U.S. nuclear reactor in decades. And climate change has made that a very big deal.
June 14 2016
Why This Hurricane Season is so Important to Scientists Brian K Sullivan | Bloomberg Determining the underlying drivers of Atlantic ocean temperatures and their effect on hurricane activity
June 9 2016
Happy Birthday to the Father of Chaos Theory EAPS News MIT EAPS professor Kerry Emanuel remembers a mentor of his, Edward Lorenz
June 9 2016
Congratulations to EAPS Class of 2016 MIT's Education Office Degrees awarded during the 2015/2016 academic year. Degrees are conferred in September, February and June
June 9 2016
Digital Ocean Ari Daniel PhD '08 | MIT Spectrum Modeling the diverse world of phytoplankton opens up a predictive view of our own. MIT’s Spectrum Magazine spotlight’s the Darwin Project.
May 19 2016
Shell Looks for a Hedge Against Climate Change Geoffrey Smith | Fortune Shell cites MIT climate research as an incentive to push for net-zero emissions energy, Fortune reports.
May 6 2016
Scientists discover potentially habitable planets Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Just 40 light years from Earth, planets are best targets so far for search for extraterrestrial life.
May 6 2016
Life's a Gas Helen Hill | EAPS MIT Scientists Compile List of Potential Gases to Guide Search for Life on Exoplanets
April 28 2016
Oceans Alive!: Trawling in the Charles Lauren Hinkel Trawling in the Charles River brings MIT postdocs closer to the organisms they model
April 25 2016
How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make? Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT study projects end-of-century climate under different scenarios.
April 20 2016
Rossby: Tapping into the Stratosphere Lauren Hinkel How a collaboration between Carl Rossby and MIT researchers launched a weather balloon and the study of meteorology in the US.
April 14 2016
Answers in the Andes Neil Murthy | Medill News Christine Chen examines ancient lakes in the Andes Mountains for clues to predict future climate change
April 14 2016
Evolution of Motivations for Climate Action Lauren Hinkel The impetus for many has shifted from the longterm benefits to more immediate ones.
March 31 2016
Ocean Turbulence Thinking Turned Upside Down Lauren Hinkel New research on ocean turbulence may reverse how we think about its role in the oceans
March 28 2016
A highly eccentric exoplanet Jennifer Chu/ MIT News Observations of an extreme-weather planet raise questions about hot Jupiters’ origins.