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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. 

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 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.
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.