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January 12 2017
Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
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Sara Seager For thousands of years people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are they common?” “Do any have signs of life?”Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions. We have foun...
January 11 2017
Modeling Plausible Futures
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser assesses long-term risks to regional water and energy systems.Last spring, MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser, who serves as deputy director of the MIT J...
January 10 2017
Pauline Austin: Celebrating a Pioneer of Weather Radar
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Lauren Hinkel Made possible by a generous gift, a new, permanent exhibit was unveiled in December, honoring the life and achievements of Pauline M. Austin, PhD ‘42, who served as Director of MIT’s Weather Radar Lab...
January 10 2017
Study Finds More Extreme Storms Ahead for California
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office New technique predicts frequency of heavy precipitation with global warming.On Dec. 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with th...
January 10 2017
Short-Lived Greenhouse Gases Cause Centuries of Sea-Level Rise
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Through warming effects, methane and other gases impact rising seas long after leaving the atmosphere.Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmos...
January 2 2017
Students, Academics, and Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Tackle the Future of Water Utilities
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Fifth annual MIT Water Summit brings together interdisciplinary panelists to give multiple perspectives on major issues surrounding the water sector.Read this story in MIT News.Turn on the faucet and ...
December 19 2016
New study sets oxygen-breathing limit for ocean’s hardiest organisms
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Bacteria can survive in marine environments that are almost completely starved of oxygen. Around the world, wide swaths of open ocean are nearly depleted of oxygen. Not quite dead zones, they are...
December 10 2016
The World Sees Me as the One Who Will Find Another Earth
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Lauren Hinkel In an in-depth piece for The New York Times Magazine, writer Chris Jones spotlights MIT Prof. and astrophysicist Sara Seager’s journey in searching for an Earthlike exoplanet. Jones writes t...
November 28 2016
Climate Models May Be Overestimating the Cooling Effect of Wildfire Aerosols
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Accounting for year-to-year variability enables more accurate projections of climate change and its impactsWhether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or pe...
November 23 2016
Saharan Dust in the Wind
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Scientists find huge reduction in African dust plume led to more Saharan monsoons 11,000 years ago.Read this story in MIT News.Every year, trade winds over the Sahara Desert sweep up huge plumes of mi...
November 18 2016
Living in the Future
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Lauren Hinkel Scientists from MIT and Boston University explore how well early science fiction in movies were able to predict today's technological advances and the culture around which it's based.Since the early d...
November 11 2016
Big Ice, Big Science
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Lauren Hinkel Richard Alley delivers the 2016 Carlson Lecture on the physics of glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and Boston and how ice sheets capture a history of the world’s climate.Two-miles thick and a contin...
November 1 2016
Forecasting the Head of the Charles
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Helen Hill | EAPS News Not the winners: The weather! For the third year in a row, Costa Christopoulos '17 provides local, fine-scale weather forecasting support for this beloved annual, international, two-day regatta on the...
October 25 2016
Fall 2016 in PAOC
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Lauren Hinkel With the semester in full swing, PAOC members are enjoying several new, engaging and fun events happening in the department.  The PAOC Retreat (9/30 – 10/2/16) The weekend of September 30th ...
October 25 2016
2015 & 2016 Rossby Awards Announced
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Lauren Hinkel Jill McDermott '15 and Joern Callies '16 have been awarded the Rossby Prize for their respective theses.Remembered as one of the major figures in the founding of the modern dynamical study of the atmo...
October 25 2016
Discovering Extreme Weather
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Lauren Hinkel Incoming freshmen experience life in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheres and Planetary Sciences through weather and climate experiments and a hike up Mt. Washington during the 2016 Discovering EAPS...
October 20 2016
The 2016 PAOC Retreat: Ocean Edge in Brewster, MA
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Lauren Hinkel

This year’s PAOC retreat to Ocean Edge’s seaside resort in Brewster, MA gave attendees a chance to socialize and relax before the semester’s events began to pick up. Scheduled over the weekend of...

September 28 2016
Ferrari Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Oceanography
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Lauren Hinkel Raffaele Ferrari, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, has been selected to receive the 2016 Robert L. and ...
September 21 2016
3Q: Kerry Emanuel on a “Parexit” and the serious risks of climate change
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Sarah McDonnell | MIT News Office In open letter, 375 National Academy of Sciences members warn against opting out of Paris Agreement.This May, in a speech at an oil and natural gas conference in North Dakota, Republican presidential ...
September 14 2016
The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA
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 This year’s PAOC retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains surrounding Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, MA gave attendees wonderful opportunities to befriend new colleagues, learn about new res...
September 14 2016
How Might a Steep Decline in Aerosols Impact the Climate?
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change EAPS PhD student Daniel Rothenberg targets one of climate modeling’s biggest unknowns.Air pollution from power plants, internal combustion engines and other artificial sources impacts not only human h...
September 14 2016
Computing the Ocean’s True Colors
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Stephanie Dutkiewicz’ phytoplankton models project the future of the ocean as food source and carbon sink.When she was 17, Stephanie Dutkiewicz set sail from her native South Africa to the Caribbean i...
September 13 2016
The 2014 PAOC Retreat: Cape Codder Resort, Cape Cod
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Genevieve Wanucha

The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2014 PAOC Retreat too...

September 13 2016
The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun & Science on Jiminy Peak
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MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) oversees a broad program of education and research in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences in The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and P...

September 12 2016
The 2010 PAOC Retreat: Ogunquit, ME
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Around the beginning of each academic year, members of PAOC attend a weekend retreat for science, recreation, and relaxation. Generously subsidized by the Houghton Fund, the retreat is free of charge ...
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.