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October 24 2017
First Year Students Discover EAPS through Extreme Weather and Climate
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Lauren Hinkel Before the start of the semester, fourteen incoming first year students joined researchers and students from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) for a five-day exploration of extreme weather and climate.
October 23 2017
Noelle Selin: Tracing Toxins Around the World
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Atmospheric chemist takes on pollutants and the global treaties written to control them.
October 18 2017
48-Million-Year-Old Wax Discovered in a Bird Fossil
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Helen Hill for EAPS News and the University of Bristol Expert analysis of fossil organic molecules by researchers in the Summons Lab provides palaeontologists with important new insight into how animal soft tissues fossilize and the importance of fats, or lipids, in that process.
October 12 2017
The 2017 PAOC Retreat: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
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Lauren Hinkel Near the beginning of each academic year, members of PAOC attend a weekend retreat for science, recreation, and relaxation, generously subsidized by the Houghton Fund.
October 10 2017
Little Growth Observed in India's Methane Emissions
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University of Bristol New study in Nature Communications finds little growth in India's methane emissions. EAPS Professor Ronald Prinn, a co-author of the study, stresses the need for countries to accurately and transparently quantify their greenhouse gas emissions.
September 21 2017
Kerry Emanuel: This Year’s Hurricanes are a Taste of the Future
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Climate scientist describes physics behind expected increase in storm strength due to climate change.
September 20 2017
Mathematics Predicts a Sixth Mass Extinction
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia.
September 20 2017
Deep Waters Spiral Upward Around Antarctica
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Lauren Hinkel New research reveals upwelling pathways and timescales of deep, overturning waters in the Southern Ocean.
September 5 2017
Team Gathers Unprecedented Data on Atmosphere’s Organic Chemistry
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Colorado forest study provides clearest-ever picture of gases released into the atmosphere and how they change.
August 31 2017
Neighboring Exoplanets May Hold Water, Study Finds
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Observations and modeling suggest TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets may have held onto water, billions of years after their formation.
August 28 2017
Strength of Global Stratospheric Circulation Measured for First Time
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Estimate will help gauge hang time of greenhouse gases, water vapor, and ozone in upper atmosphere.
August 24 2017
Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli to Give Rachel Carson Lecture at AGU's Fall 2017 Meeting
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Lauren Hinkel

The chosen female scientist exemplifies Rachel Carson’s work with cutting-edge ocean science, especially science relevant to societal concerns.

August 24 2017
For the Love of Ice: Journeys to the Remote and Inhospitable
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Kate Repantis | MIT Alumni Association

Alison Criscitiello PhD '14 seeks ice cores in inhospitable locations, sometimes camping on ice sheets and sleeping with a shotgun in case of bear attacks.

August 24 2017
Saving Venice, MIT-style
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Lily Keyes | MISTI MISTI interns and MIT faculty tackle rising sea level challenges at Italian research camp this summer
August 14 2017
Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Summer Round Up
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Lauren Hinkel

Before the summer ends and we start in on our next year of exciting research and events, catch up on some stories you may have missed from last year. Features from the previous academic year include exciting climate research, new planetary findings, faculty awards and events. 

August 14 2017
New Faculty
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Helen Hill | EAPS NEWS

EAPS is delighted to introduce three new members of faculty: Brent Minchew will join EAPS as an Assistant Professor with PAOC and Geophysics in January 2018, Julien de Wit as an Assistant Professor in July 2018, and Katherine de Kleer as an Assistant Professor in July 2019.

August 4 2017
Phytoplankton & Chips
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Microbes mediate the global marine cycles of elements, modulating atmospheric CO2 and helping to maintain the oxygen we all breath yet there is much about them scientists still don’t understand. Now, an award from the Simons Foundation will give researchers from the Darwin Project access to bigger, better computing resources to model these communities and probe how they work.

July 24 2017
The Sticky Intertropical Convergence Zone
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Lauren Hinkel

Ocean circulation coupled to changes in trade winds efficiently damps ITCZ movement to transport heat across the equator.

July 24 2017
Indian Monsoons Have Strengthened Over Past 15 Years
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come.

July 21 2017
Understanding Climate Change’s Ground Zero
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study highlights need to improve modeling of carbon-rich Northern Eurasia

July 18 2017
Susan Solomon Honored for her Contributions to Atmospheric Science
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies Susan Solomon to receive the Royal Society's 2018 Bakerian Medal and give the Bakerian Lecture.

July 11 2017
Climate Change to Deplete Some US Water Basins, Reduce Irrigated Crop Yields
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report.

July 6 2017
Rising Temperatures are Curbing Ocean’s Capacity to Store Carbon
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Study finds large amounts of carbon dioxide, equivalent to yearly U.K. emissions, remain in surface waters.

July 5 2017
de Wit Named Innovators Under 35 -- 2017 Innovator of the Year, Belgium
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Innovators Under 35, also known as TR35, is an annual list published by MIT Technology Review magazine, naming the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35.

June 26 2017
Costa Christopoulos Wins the Christopher Goetze Prize for Undergraduate Research
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Lauren Hinkel

The award is given for innovative experimental design, care in data collection, and sensitive application of results to research problems.

April 20 2017
March for Science on Saturday — get off sidelines, make a difference Lauren Hinkel Noelle Held, a PhD candidate in chemical oceanography at MIT and WHOI, discusses why she's proud to be part of a long history of American scientists and pioneers, and why it's important to continue supporting science, particularly this weekend.
April 11 2017
Environmentalist and Explorer Kate Telma | MIT News correspondent Senior Elizabeth Rider uses atmospheric chemistry research on aerosols with Prof. Dan Cziczo and Noelle Selin to create international connections.
April 5 2017
ES&T’s Best Papers of 2016 Lauren Hinkel Selin’s “Costs of IQ Loss from Leaded Aviation Gasoline Emissions” takes Top Paper in Environmental Policy for 2016.
March 24 2017
How Climate Change Covered China in Smog Lauren Hinkel Air quality in Beijing has a lot to do with snowstorms in Siberia. Associate Professor Noelle Selin comments on how local weather can influence global air pollution in The Atlantic.
March 21 2017
Volcanic Eruption Expanded Ozone Hole to Record Size Lauren Hinkel New research supports previous MIT findings that a volcanic eruption expanded Antarctica's ozone hole in 2015.
March 20 2017
World’s Lakes May be Much Shallower than Previously Thought EAPS News New mathematical analysis from MIT provides more accurate estimate of the depth and volume of the Earth's lakes, Adrian Cho of Science Magazine reports.
March 20 2017
Standing Out in Earth and Planetary Sciences Lauren Hinkel PAOC postdoc Daniel D. B. Koll receives an award for his poster presented at the 49th Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
March 15 2017
Media Lab Sets Sights on Space Margaret Evans | MIT Media Lab MIT Media Lab event, Beyond the Cradle, launches a new initiative to explore the final frontier.
March 15 2017
Plankton can save the ocean. But who will save the plankton? Lauren Hinkel Principal Research Scientist Stephanie Dutkiewicz weighs in on geoengineering the ocean's phytoplankton to curb the symptoms of climate change.
March 14 2017
Commercial Space: Can We Privatize Our Way to the Stars? Rob Matheson | MIT News Office Can we privatize our way to the stars? Annual conference explores the rise and distant future of the private space industry. PAOC postdoc Julien de Wit contributes to Beyond the Cradle.
March 8 2017
William Martin Gift to Enable Aerosol Study at Mount Washington Observatory Angela Ellis | EAPS Development Office A generous gift to the Cziczo group enables them to deploy state-of-the-art aerosol and cloud instrumentation to the Mount Washington Observatory in New England.
March 8 2017
PAOC Faculty Fact-Check MIT Colleague on Climate Science Lauren Hinkel PAOC rebuts MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen's climate science claims in an open letter to President Trump.
March 8 2017
MIT rates No. 1 in 12 Subjects in 2017 QS World University Rankings Stephanie Eich | Resource Development MIT ranked within the top 5 for 19 of 46 subject areas.
March 3 2017
New Worlds, New Discoveries EAPS News Drs. Gillon and de Wit speak about their discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star just 39 light years from Earth.
March 3 2017
School of Science Welcomes Five New Professors This Spring Bendta Schroeder | School of Science Andrew Babbin, a marine biogeochemist working on the nitrogen cycle, joins the PAOC faculty.
February 20 2017
Climate science and policy: Now more than ever! Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change As new administration takes office, Joint Program IAP courses explore what’s at stake.
February 9 2017
PAOC's Dara Entekhabi Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Lauren Hinkel Selection to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest distinctions bestowed upon an engineer
February 8 2017
Happy Birthday to the Father of Modern Dynamical Meteorology Lauren Hinkel MIT remembers Jule Gregory Charney, a leader in numerical weather prediction, and a former MIT professor, on his 100th birthday.
February 6 2017
Faculty Promotions Helen Hill | EAPS News The Executive Committee of the Corporation has approved the promotion of Michael Follows to Full Professor and David McGee to Associate Professor (effective July 2017.)
February 1 2017
Water Scarcity, Air Pollution and Climate Change Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Several MIT PAOC and Joint Program research affiliates share findings at the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 Fall Meeting
February 1 2017
Signs of Alien Air Herald a New Era of Exoplanet Discoveries Lauren Hinkel PAOC's Seager and de Wit comment on a new exoplanet finding
February 1 2017
Preparing for Extremes Lauren Hinkel How Models Can Help Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change Uncertainties
February 1 2017
U.S. Crop Harvests Could Suffer with Climate Change Lauren Hinkel PAOC Principal Research Scientist Erwan Monier comments
February 1 2017
Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016 Lauren Hinkel Solomon and Gilford present ozone research
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