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February 17 2017
Getting Their Hands Dirty: Students Experience Fieldwork in Hawaii
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

TREX program offers undergraduates the opportunity to get out in the field.

February 14 2017
The Heart of a Far-off Star Beats for its Planet
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations. For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet.The star, which ...

February 10 2017
Modeling the Unequal Benefits of U.S. Environmental Policy
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

New toolset evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for nine income groups One of the two top air pollutants in the U.S., ground-level ozone is harmful not only to your health but ...

February 7 2017
Aerocene Soars at the 47th World Economic Forum Meeting
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Lauren Hinkel

Climate-conscious sculptures influence world perspectives in Davos- Klosters, Switzerland.Aerocene, an artistic project developed by Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene Foundation, has been collaborating ...

February 1 2017
Atmospheres, Oceans and Planetary Studies on Display at AGU
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Lauren Hinkel

Over the week of December 12th, members of MIT’s PAOC attended the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 49th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.The event is the world’s largest Earth and space science...

January 30 2017
Explained: Greenhouse gases
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Carbon dioxide isn’t the only one that matters, and the gases vary widely in potency and duration.When hearing the words “greenhouse gas,” most people think immediately of carbon dioxide. This is inde...

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 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 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...
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.
March 7 2016
New York Times Spotlights Intersection of MIT Climate Science and Art Cassie Martin Work of MIT Meteorologist Lodovica Illari and CAST Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno among featured collaborations
February 16 2016
Coming together on climate Jessica Fujimori/Environmental Solutions Initiative Hackathon for Climate brings students, faculty, staff, and alumni together on climate change solutions.
January 6 2016
School of Science honors research staff with 2016 Infinite Kilometer Awards MIT News Office PAOC's own Principle Research Scientist Sai Ravela is among the honorees.
January 4 2016
Global reductions in mercury emissions should lead to billions in economic benefits for U.S. Jennifer Chu/MIT News New study from Selin group finds benefits from international regulations may double those of domestic policy.
December 18 2015
Noelle Selin Receives AAAS Fellowship EAPS News Only days after the landmark COP21 Paris climate-change agreement, Professor Noelle Eckley Selin was announced as one of the first AAAS fellows of the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science.
December 16 2015
Glenn Flierl Gives 2015 FDEPS Lecture Cassie Martin MIT oceanographer honored as invited lecturer at annual fluid dynamics workshop in Japan.
November 18 2015
MIT's Five-Year Plan for Action on Climate Change MIT News Office Plan will focus on low-carbon research; advocacy for carbon pricing; a call to the alumni and beyond.
November 16 2015
Cracking the Problem of River Growth Jennifer Chu/MIT News EAPS researchers Prof. Dan Rothman and postdoc Yossi Cohen find that a similar principle predicts the growth of fractures and rivers.