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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...
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 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.
March 29 2013
Irreversible Does Not Mean Unavoidable Damon Matthews and Susan Solomon emphasise that CO2 emissions cuts implemented today would affect the rate of future global warming immediately.
March 25 2013
Glaciers Contribute Significant Iron to North Atlantic Ocean Whoi, Media Relations Office PAOC and MIT-WHOI JP alumna Maya Bhatia lead author on Nature Geoscience paper about ice as a source for iron in the ocean
March 19 2013
Demystifying the Cretaceous Hothouse Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT For any climate scientist who enjoys stretching the limits of current theory by imagining ancient worlds, the ever warm polar regions of the mid-Cretaceous have long presented a paradox.
March 5 2013
Congratulations Dr. Ganesan PAOC congratulates newest doctoral graduate Anita Ganesan...
February 26 2013
The Secret Lives of Researchers: Head in the Clouds Sarvesh Garimella via The Tech My name is Sarvesh Garimella, and I have chosen to lead the mysterious life of a researcher. Sarvesh on why those lights stay on through the night in the Green Building.
February 25 2013
Boston Grapples With The Threat Of Storms And Rising Water NPR Since the drubbing that Superstorm Sandy gave the Northeast in November, there's a new sense of urgency in U.S. coastal cities. Kerry Emanuel explains why so much water "wants to get into the city"
February 25 2013
Highlights of Southern Ocean Workshop Oceans at MIT On January 28, 2013, the two-day Southern Ocean Workshop at MIT kicked off bright and early to accommodate the presentations of 32 leaders in oceanographic research.