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February 1 2017
Capital Weather Gang Scientists react to Earth’s warmest year: ‘We are heading into a new unknown’ Lauren Hinkel Emanuel reacts to report that 2016 was the third warmest year on recorded history
January 30 2017
Solomon is 2017 National Academy of Sciences Medalist
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive the 2017 National Academy of Sciences, Arthur L. Day Prize and...

January 26 2017
EAPS Welcomes Inaugural Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences is delighted to welcome exoplanetary scientist Dr. Jason Dittmann, one of four inaugural 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellows announced today by...

January 26 2017
Celebrating Pauline Morrow Austin: A Founder of Radar Meteorology
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT Faculty, friends and family of Mrs. Austin gathered to remember her life and commemorate her contributions to science with the unveiling of an exhibit in EAPS.Modern meteorology would not be what ...

January 24 2017
A Persistent Haze
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study assesses impact of fire aerosols on visibility and air quality in Southeast Asia. The skies above Southeast Asia are often dimmed by a persistent haze, due largely to high concentrations of...

January 24 2017
On Addressing Global Change Science
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Bernadette Esposito | MIT ILP Ron Prinn directs MIT's Center for Global Change Science and co-directs its Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Among other things these groups are running the Advanced Global At...
January 20 2017
Witze Receives 2016 AGU Journalism Award AGU Alexandra Witze XII BS '92 received the 2016 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–News at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony.
January 17 2017
Observing and modeling the Arctic Ocean and Sea Ice: A Meeting in Woods Hole
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Lauren Hinkel Last November, a group of MIT researchers joined scientists from around the world to attend the fifth meeting of the Forum for Arctic Modeling & Synthesis (FAMOS) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic I...
January 17 2017
Study Tracks “Memory” of Soil Moisture
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the pl...
January 12 2017
Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
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Sara Seager For thousands of years people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are they common?” “Do any have signs of life?”Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions. We have foun...
January 11 2017
Modeling Plausible Futures
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser assesses long-term risks to regional water and energy systems.Last spring, MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser, who serves as deputy director of the MIT J...
January 10 2017
Pauline Austin: Celebrating a Pioneer of Weather Radar
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Lauren Hinkel Made possible by a generous gift, a new, permanent exhibit was unveiled in December, honoring the life and achievements of Pauline M. Austin, PhD ‘42, who served as Director of MIT’s Weather Radar Lab...
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 21 2016
Climate Change: Ethics in Action Lauren Hinkel At forum, MIT community tackles tough ethical questions of climate change and motivations for effective action
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 17 2016
Predicting and Adapting to Increased Hurricane Risk Lauren Hinkel Kerry Emanuel shares why hurricanes will likely become more destructive and offers ways to mitigate these increased risks
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 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.
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.