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January 4 2018
New Year Award News
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EAPS Communications Office A New Year's round-up of award and honor news.
December 25 2017
Cleaner Air, Longer Lives
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Research shows the Clean Air Act was likely responsible for a dramatic decline in atmospheric organic aerosol.
December 22 2017
Terrascope Mission 2021: Addressing the Global Threat of Climate Change
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EAPS News Mission: Prepare the world for climate change, specifically Cambridge, MA and southern Bangladesh.
December 21 2017
Water Resource Risks: Integrated Approaches to Support Actions
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By Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT Joint Program workshop highlights pathways toward sustainable water resources
December 21 2017
A More Diverse Role for Diatoms
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Helen Hill | EAPS News A review article involving Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Oliver Jahn suggests the diatoms have more diverse roles in carbon cycling than previously understood.
December 8 2017
Fellowships Save the Day!
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Angela Ellis | EAPS Development Office This academic year, thanks entirely to the generosity of past and present alumni and friends, we are proud to be supporting 18 graduate students on EAPS fellowships.
December 1 2017
Preventing the Next Blackout
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT study projects potential impact of climate change on large power transformers in U.S. Northeast.
November 13 2017
Texas’ Odds of Harvey-scale Rainfall to Increase by End of Century
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Study finds state’s annual risk of extreme rainfall will rise from 1 to 18 percent.
November 11 2017
Visualizing Climate Science at HUBweek
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Lauren Hinkel Art and augmented reality brings MIT – For a Better World to life
November 7 2017
A Brief History of Environmental Successes
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Helen Hill | EAPS News This year, the Lorenz Center invited Susan Solomon to give the 7th annual John Carlson Lecture at the New England Aquarium on October 26th, 2017. Professor Solomon talked about past environmental challenges that were successfully overcome and how climate change, as perhaps “the mother” of all environmental challenges, compares.
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. 

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.
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.