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September 12 2016
The 2005 PAOC Retreat: Provincetown
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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 2005 PAOC R...
September 11 2016
The 2004 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 2004 PAOC Retreat took...
September 9 2016
The 2003 PAOC Retreat: Yarmouth, MA
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Each year, the faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2003 PAOC...
September 9 2016
The 2002 PAOC Retreat: Provincetown, MA
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The faculty, graduate students, post-docs 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 2001 PAOC ...
September 9 2016
The 2001 PAOC Retreat: Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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Each year the faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2001 PAOC ...
September 7 2016
Study finds increased ocean acidification due to human activities
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office More anthropogenic carbon in the northeast Pacific means weaker shells for many marine species.Oceanographers from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution report that the northeast Pacific Ocean ...
September 6 2016
Back to School 2016
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Education Office MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences welcomes 26 new graduate students. Three students join the Program in Geophysics, 13 join the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Clim...
September 2 2016
Introducing New Faculty: Prof. Tim Cronin
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Helen Hill Prof. Tim Cronin is interested in lots of different subjects related to climate, especially idealized modeling of the atmosphere and atmosphere-land system with single-column and limited-area models. ...
August 16 2016
New technique may help detect Martian life
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office A novel interpretation of Raman spectra will help the 2020 Mars rover select rocks to study for signs of life.In 2020, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover that will be tasked with probing a region o...
July 27 2016
Third Annual Meeting of the Ozone and Climate Project
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Lauren Hinkel On June 7-8th, 2016, oceanographers, marine biogeochemists, atmospheric scientists and climatologists from across the world converged on MIT for the third annual meeting of the Ozone and Climate Proje...
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...
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.
January 28 2014
PAOC's Noelle Selin appointed to the Global Young Academy Helen Hill for EAPS News Faculty Award: PAOC congratulations to Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Atmospheric Chemistry Noelle Selin for her appointment to the Global Young Academy
January 21 2014
MITx course injects science into the global warming debate Steve Carson and Sara Sezun, Office of Digital Learning 12.340x focuses on teaching students academic rigor, not rhetoric.
January 16 2014
Promotions for PAOC researchers Helen Hill for EAPS News Congratulations to Patrick Heimbach and Adam Schlosser, both recently promoted to the rank of Senior Research Scientist.
January 9 2014
Weather: What is a polar vortex? Vince Agard/The Tech PAOC grad student Vince Agard explains what exactly a polar vortex is in MIT's The Tech
January 6 2014
Air pollutants in the Arctic act as global indicators Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT researchers address the influence of climate change on the transport of toxic chemicals
January 6 2014
Ed Boyle awarded EAG Urey Medal EAPS News EAPS congratulations to Edward Boyle, Professor of Ocean Geochemistry and Director of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program for 2014 Urey Medal
December 20 2013
Definitely not Dusty: McGee's New Lab EAPS News New labs take a while to set up but now his is, Dave McGee is one happy paleoclimatologist.
December 14 2013
For the good of the colony MIT News Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape.
December 4 2013
Storing carbon in the Arctic Jennifer Chu/MIT News MIT Darwin Group Research shows that carbon storage in Arctic Ocean is more complex than we knew.
October 17 2013
Sara Seager Macarthur Award EAPS News Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor, and Chair in the EAPS Program in Planetary Science has been awarded a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship. PAOC congratulations on this highly deserved prestigious honor.