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July 19 2016
First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets reveals rocky worlds
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Two potentially habitable planets in nearby system are confirmed to be rocky.On May 2, scientists from MIT, the University of Liège, and elsewhere announced they had discovered a planetary system, a m...
July 10 2016
2015 PAOC Retreat
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July 8 2016
Gauging the impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change New approach tracks key factors affecting crop yields, enabling early adaptation. To assess the likely impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture, researchers typically run a combination of climate ...
June 30 2016
Scientists observe first signs of healing in the Antarctic ozone layer
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office September ozone hole has shrunk by 4 million square kilometers since 2000.Read this story at MIT News.Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarct...
June 28 2016
Celebrating the Peter H. Stone and Paola Malanotte Stone Professorship
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Helen Hill | EAPS Faculty, administrators, and guests gather to mark the endowment of a new professorship in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Read this story at MIT NewsOn the evening o...
June 24 2016
Regulating Particulate Pollution: Novel Analysis Yields New Insights
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Nancy W. Stauffer | MITEI MIT researchers demonstrate new approach to designing location-specific emissions-control measures. Read this story at MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)OverviewAn MIT analysis of how best to reduce f...
June 15 2016
The Value of Community Engagement with Climate Science
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Lauren Hinkel Outreach by climate scientists helps develop a society equipped to address one of humanity's greatest challenges: climate change.***“What is that?!” a young boy exclaims, pointing to a projection of w...
June 13 2016
Solving the Mystery of the Antarctic’s Missing Heat
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Lauren Hinkel Around the globe, ocean surface temperatures have been rising due to global warming, but the seas around Antarctica haven’t changed much. Now, researchers may have discovered why.The world’s oceans ha...
May 18 2016
J-WAFS Awards $1.3 Million in Second Round of Seed Grant Funding
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Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab Principal investigators will receive grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to two years for innovative research on food and water challenges.The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab...
May 18 2016
Study Pinpoints Timing of Oxygen’s First Appearance in Earth’s Atmosphere
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Beginning 2.33 billion years ago, atmospheric oxygen built up in just 10 million years. ***Today, 21 percent of the air we breathe is made up of molecular oxygen. But this gas was not always in such a...
May 17 2016
SustainabilityConnect 2016 Brings MIT Together Around Big Ideas for Campus and the Globe
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Robyn Fizz | Information Systems and Technology Second-annual conference looks at MIT’s progress toward sustainability goals, and what remains to be done.***SustainabilityConnect 2016, the second annual conference sponsored by MIT’s Office of Susta...
May 13 2016
When Searching for Habitable Exoplanets, Think Smaller Stars
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Lauren Hinkel A new planetary survey may have yielded our best chance for finding an Earth-like world yet.***The search for habitable, Earth-like worlds is one of the holy grails for astronomers. Worldwide, over 50...
May 6 2016
New Antarctic Ice Sheet Physics Could Explain Ancient Sea Levels and Predict Future Ones
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Lauren Hinkel A novel glacial model including "ice cliff collapse" may explain sea level rise seen during the Pliocene and forecast glacial melt's potential contribution to future sea levels.A significant portion o...
May 3 2016
EAPS Dives into the Pale Blue Dot at the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival
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Lauren Hinkel MIT engages the Boston community in ocean and climate science.***For MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), every day is Earth Day. But on April 22nd, 2016, they were ex...
April 28 2016
There’s Something in the Air
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Colette Heald studies atmospheric gases and particles, and how they affect air quality and climate.***Winds that blow across the Sahara desert in North Africa pick up particles of soil and sand, and t...
April 14 2016
Southern Ocean Cooling in a Warming World
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Lauren Hinkel A new MIT study suggests that ozone hole behavior over the Southern Ocean might account for regional cooling trends.***Around the world, scientists are observing evidence of climate change—record high...
March 8 2016
PAOC Welcomes New Faculty Member
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Cassie Martin Earlier this week, EAPS announced that marine biogeochemist Andrew Babbin will join the department in January 2017 as an Associate Professor in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate.Cur...
March 5 2016
Research Takes Center Stage at MIT Climate Conference
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Cassie Martin At MIT on Climate=Science + Action, speakers examined what we know, what’s left to learn, and the diverse climate-related research happening throughout the institute.***Days after news broke that NASA...
January 28 2016
Going the Extra Kilometer
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Helen Hill Among the 14 recipients of the MIT School of Science 2016 Infinite Kilometer award was EAPS Principal Research Scientist Sai Ravela.The MIT School of Science recently announced the 2016 winners of its...
January 28 2016
John Marshall Receives AMS Haurwitz Prize
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Cassie Martin John Marshall, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography, recently accepted the American Meteorological Society’s 2016 Haurwitz Prize for his “seminal contributions to atmospheric, oceanic, an...
January 22 2016
Kerry Emanuel Honored by AGU
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Cassie Martin Kerry Emanuel, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Meteorology at MIT, recently gave the 2015 Bjerknes Lecture at the annual American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, California. The AG...
January 21 2016
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January 19 2016
MIT on Climate, Science, and Action
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Cassie Martin On January 27, leading researchers from across MIT will come together to discuss one of the most pressing issues of our time—climate change. For decades, MIT scientists have been and continue to ...
December 17 2015
At COP21, Finding Hope for Climate in the Aerocene
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Cassie Martin Artist Tomás Saraceno and MIT scientists join forces to confront climate crisis at UN conference.***It’s a brisk afternoon in Paris, and sunlight streams through the glass and steel ceiling of the Gra...
November 24 2015
PAOC Puts the Science in Science Policy
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Cassie Martin Earlier this year, graduate students and faculty from MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate traveled to our nation’s capital on a mission to build relationships with policymakers on both s...
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
August 25 2014
Danger: Shifting Storms Peter Dizikes/MIT Technology Review Hurricanes are peaking farther from the equator, according to MIT's Kerry Emanuel.
August 25 2014
Study: Cutting emissions pays for itself Audrey Resutek | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Savings from healthier air can make up for some or all of the cost of carbon-reduction policies.
August 7 2014
Study: Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies MIT News Study: Ozone and higher temperatures can combine to reduce crop yields, but effects will vary by region.
August 1 2014
Glenn Flierl and Dan Rothman elected as American Geophysical Union Fellows Helen Hill Two EAPS' Professors elected as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union
July 7 2014
Phytoplankton Diversity versus Productivity in the Ocean Sergio Vallina An ocean ecosystem model from the Darwin Project solves the mysterious relationship between diversity and productivity of marine phytoplankton.
June 2 2014
Sallie “Penny” Chisholm receives MIT’s Killian Award David L. Chandler for MIT News Highest honor for MIT faculty members goes to pioneer of research on ocean’s photosynthetic organisms.
May 16 2014
Study: Dangerous storms peaking further north, south than in past MIT News New analysis of cyclones shows migration away from tropics and toward the poles in recent decades.
April 24 2014
Rwandan President Paul Kagame visits PAOC MIT News Yesterday, Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, toured the laboratory of Prof. Ronald Prinn, who leads the Rwanda-MIT climate-change observatory in the works.
April 14 2014
An Arctic ozone hole? Not quite Audrey Resutek/JPSPGC MIT researchers find that the extremes in Antarctic ozone holes have not been matched in the Arctic.
April 8 2014
Little-Studied Man-Made Gases have Big Warming Potential Audrey Resutek for JPSPGC A new study from AGAGE investigators suggests, without additional limits, synthetic green house gases introduced to replace ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons could result in increased warming.
March 30 2014
Highlights from MIT Water Night 2014 Oceans at MIT Oceans at MIT attended MIT Water Night 2014 to report on some of the (salty water!) highlights, including nano-technological desalination of seawater, innovative wetland conservation, and ocean carbon cycle research.
March 28 2014
Of The River and Time Britta Voss, MIT/WHOI Oceanus Magazine The Fraser River in western Canada runs deep with clues to Earth's mountains and climate
March 10 2014
3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean David Malakoff for Science NOW (reposted with permission) About 1000 meters down in a remote part of the Atlantic Ocean sits an unusual legacy of humanity’s love affair with the automobile. It’s a huge mass of seawater infused with traces of the toxic metal lead, a pollutant once widely emitted by cars burning leaded gasoline.
February 24 2014
Study: Volcanoes contribute to recent warming ‘hiatus’ Alli Gold Roberts for MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Researchers find models must account for volcanic eruptions to accurately predict climate change.
February 21 2014
The Dark and Stormy Side of Science-Policy Mixology Daniel Rothenberg, Daniel Gilford, Michael Davidson, and Arthur Yip for the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change IAP course explored the science, economics, and policy of climate change.