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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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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...
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 ...
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.
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.