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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.

June 23 2017
Pauline Morrow Austin: Radar & Weather Maven
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MIT Video Productions

 Pauline Morrow Austin (PhD '42) joined MIT's Weather Radar Research Project at its inception in 1946 and went on to direct the project from 1956-1979. Her pioneering work to interpret weather radar echoes laid the foundation for modern radar meteorology.

June 22 2017
Recognizing a Legacy of Citizenship and Devotion to MIT
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Lauren Hinkel

Michael McClellan Receives the 2017 Karl Taylor Compton Prize.

June 9 2017
MIT-NASA Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
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Ellen Gray | NASA's Earth Science News Team

New MIT-NASA research using models of Atlantic circulation finds that the ocean absorbs atmospheric gases more easily than heat energy, and the slowing circulation that results, reduces its ability to absorb both.

June 9 2017
2017 Senior Thesis Presentations
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Each year, graduating seniors majoring in EAPS present a thesis in completion of their Bachelor of Science Degree. This year, EAPS had a class of 8 students specializing in areas across the earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, 5 of whom were advised by PAOC members.

June 5 2017
Measuring Biological Dust in the Wind
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Lauren Hinkel

A new technique developed in the Cziczo Lab may be the most accurate way of identifying biological aerosols from mineral dust in the atmosphere, constraining their contribution to cloud formation and climate change.

June 2 2017
MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement
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MIT News Office

MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017.

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
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.