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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...
November 16 2015
Capturing an Underwater World
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Cassie Martin Underwater photographer and MIT CAST visiting artist Keith Ellenbogen is developing new technology and sharing his passion for underwater conservation photography with students in an upcoming IAP cour...
October 28 2015
Shifting Climates, Shifting Landscapes
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Cassie Martin A new landslide prediction model from Dino Bellugi, Taylor Perron, and Paul O’Gorman could help communities prepare for disaster in the face of changing climate.***Taylor Perron has seen the aftermath...
October 28 2015
Cloud Watching
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Cassie Martin Bjorn Stevens, director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, describes how atmospheric water contributes to climate change at the 2015 John Carlson Lecture.***Two parts hydrogen, one part oxyg...
October 11 2015
The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak
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Cassie Martin  This year’s PAOC retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains surrounding Jiminy Peak Resort gave attendees wonderful opportunities to befriend new colleagues, learn about new research, and enjo...
September 17 2015
New Students Discover EAPS through Extreme Weather and Climate
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Cassie Martin Before the new semester began, incoming freshmen joined EAPS for a 5-day exploration of extreme weather and climate.***Every year, MIT welcomes incoming freshmen with FPOP—a pre-orientation program ai...
August 22 2015
Life on Mars Time
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Cassie Martin Humans may one day live on Mars, but how will we adjust to the time change, and how will our new environment redefine our concept of time? Graduate student and artist Sara Morawetz teamed up with NASA...
July 14 2015
Susan Solomon on Lessons from the Ozone Hole
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Cassie Martin MIT Atmospheric Chemist Susan Solomon recounts how scientists, world governments, and the public worked together to stop the ozone hole from growing, and what we can learn from those actions that coul...
July 6 2015
For the Love of Physics: From Oceans to Other Planets
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Cassie Martin MIT Oceanographer Glenn Flierl’s passion lies in understanding the physics that shape life as we know it on Earth and other planets.***Much like the ocean currents he studies, MIT Oceanographer G...
June 10 2015
Middle School Students Pay PAOC a Visit
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Cassie Martin A group of students from Weston Middle School recently visited EAPS to learn about the atmosphere, weather, and oceans.***Recent sunny days and warm temperatures signal the beginning of summer and the...
May 23 2015
Uncovering Diversity in an Invisible Ocean World
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Cassie Martin Tara Oceans, an international consortium of researchers that explored the world’s oceans in hopes of learning more about one of its smallest inhabitants, reported their initial findings this week in a...
May 23 2015
Study: Ocean Currents Change with Seasons
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Cassie Martin The strength of ocean currents change with the seasons, which have implications for both ocean life and climate according to a new MIT study.***As the seasons change, so too does the strength of ocean...
May 22 2015
PAOC Students Recognized for Excellence
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Cassie Martin Four students in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) received awards for excellence in research and teaching at the 2015 EAPS Student Awards Dinner.Casey Hilgenbrink (’15), who grad...
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.
July 8 2013
Bigger storms ahead Jennifer Chu for MIT News With global warming, a study by Kerry Emanuel finds, tropical cyclones may become more frequent and intense
May 31 2013
Oceans Ahoy! EAPS News Read all about oceanography in EAPS, meet atmospheric chemistry graduate student Sarvesh Garimella, review member news and more in the Spring issue of EAPSpeaks
May 20 2013
2013 EAPS Student Awards Shaenna Berlin, Allison Wing, Tim Cronin, Katherine French, Laura Meredith and Malte Jansen PAOC's award winners
May 9 2013
Dust in the Clouds Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office A new study by atmospheric chemist Dan Cziczo and collaborators find cirrus clouds form around mineral dust and metallic particles.
May 7 2013
Cleaner energy, warmer climate? Vicki Ekstrom, MIT Energy Initiative/Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT researchers explore the possible consequences of expanding biofuels.
May 3 2013
Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms Nature Climate Change According to a new study co-authored by Susan Solomon, as the planet warms, not only do Earth's climate zones keep shifting, they actually shift at an accelerating pace giving species inhabiting each zone less time to adapt.
May 2 2013
Animal Trackers Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Principal Research Scientist Sai Ravela on how a combination of crowdsourcing and computer vision could identify individuals within endangered populations.
April 30 2013
Congratulations Dr. Chavas PAOC congratulates newest doctoral graduate Dan Chavas...
April 25 2013
Atmospheric Chemistry @ MIT In a project led by Colette Heald, MIT's atmospheric chemists launch a new cross-campus website. ..
April 18 2013
Darwin Goes Bicoastal New York Times At San Francisco's new Exploratorium Museum, the Darwin Project-based interactive plankton table is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
April 10 2013
NASA selects MIT-led TESS project for 2017 mission MIT News Office $200 million project will launch telescopes to perform full-sky search for transiting exoplanets. “The selection of TESS has just accelerated our chances of finding life on another planet within the next decade,” team member PAOC's Sara Seager says.
April 2 2013
Opinion: Climate change as an intergenerational problem PNAS Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Carl Wunsch and co-authors argue that climate science requires a long-term commitment.