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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 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 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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Lauren Hinkel

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 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 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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Genevieve Wanucha

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...
September 12 2016
The 2006 PAOC Retreat: Mount Snow, Vermont
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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 2006 PAOC R...
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.
October 21 2015
A Fair and Ambitious Pledge? Not quite MIT News/Jennifer Chu Study from Solomon groups finds pledges by top greenhouse gas emitters leaves little room for others; urges greater R&D.
October 11 2015
What Makes Hurricanes Like Joaquin Tick? Jane J. Lee, National Geographic Kerry Emanuel talks hurricanes in National Geographic
September 30 2015
Messing with the monsoon Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Study from Research Scientist Chien Wang finds man made aerosols can alter rainfall in the world’s most populous region.
September 25 2015
Dara Entekhabi named recipient of the 2015 Hydrologic Sciences Award Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/MIT News MIT CEE Professor's research focuses on the disciplines of hydrology, meteorology, and Earth remote sensing.
September 21 2015
“Grey swan” cyclones predicted to be more frequent and intense MIT News/Jennifer Chu Kerry Emanuel's new study finds some coastal regions may face a risk of unprecedented storm surge in the next century.
August 28 2015
Can Rain Clean the Atmosphere? MIT News/Jennifer Chu New study from the Cziczo lab explains how rain droplets attract aerosols out of the atmosphere.
August 17 2015
Better Estimates of Worldwide Mercury Pollution MIT News/Jennifer Chu MIT News features new findings from the Selin Group that show Asia produces twice as much mercury emissions as previously thought.
July 20 2015
Ocean Acidification May Cause Dramatic Changes to Phytoplankton MIT News/Jennifer Chu Stephanie Dutkiewicz and colleagues report on a new study that finds many species may die out and others may migrate as ocean acidification intensifies.
June 17 2015
Small thunderstorms may add up to massive cyclones on Saturn MIT News/Jennifer Chu Morgan O'Neill, Kerry Emanuel and Glenn Flierl report on a new model that may predict cyclone activity on other planets.
May 20 2015
Researchers: Hurricanes come in bunches and could get stronger Kevin Spear/Orlando Sentinel Kerry Emanuel presents research that ties climate change to fewer small or average-sized storms and an uptick in the number of the most powerful storms.
May 5 2015
Podcast: What's the science behind climate change? Jay London/MIT Alumni Association MIT faculty members including EAPS own Dan Cziczo and Kerry Emanuel discuss the history and science behind Earth’s warming climate, and whether anything can be done to mitigate a rising global temperature.
April 15 2015
An Ocean of Opportunity MIT News/Jennifer Chu MIT News profiled EAPS Associate Professor Mick Follows, who uses tiny marine microbes to model climate change.
March 23 2015
Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam and Climate Change Kerry Emanuel EAPS Professor Kerry Emanuel examines role of climate change in severe tropical cyclones
March 11 2015
First-Light Images of NASA's Soil Moisture Satellite Revealed Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Kelsey Damrad EAPS and CEE Professor Dara Entekhabi marvels at NASA SAMP satellite's first snapshot of Earth.
February 13 2015
How global warming can worsen snowfalls Carolyn Johnson, Boston Globe The Boston Globe asks PAOC's Paul O'Gormon about his research on climate change and extreme snowfalls
January 28 2015
3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA’s soil-moisture mission MIT News/David L. Chandler EAPS professor Dara Entekhabi discusses NASA's mission to measure all of Earth's soil moisture via a satellite set to launch Jan. 29.
November 14 2014
Volcanic cooling underestimated Nature Since 2000, atmospheric particles from volcanic eruptions have cooled the Earth more than scientists had suspected.
October 31 2014
Catching air MIT News/Zach Wener-Fligner Jimmy Gasore is working on Africa’s first high-frequency climate observatory in his native Rwanda.
September 29 2014
MIT's 2014 Energy and Climate Outlook Audrey Resutek Report: Unless we change direction, the future world will be 3–5°C warmer, thirstier, still dependent on fossil fuels
September 17 2014
Classroom Earth Photos: DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate 2014 Helen Hill The annual EAPS Freshman pre-orientation exploration program in Extreme Weather and Climate involved falling fruit, scintillating stargazing, magnificent Mt Washington