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December 1 2017
Preventing the Next Blackout
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT study projects potential impact of climate change on large power transformers in U.S. Northeast.
November 13 2017
Texas’ Odds of Harvey-scale Rainfall to Increase by End of Century
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Study finds state’s annual risk of extreme rainfall will rise from 1 to 18 percent.
November 11 2017
Visualizing Climate Science at HUBweek
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Lauren Hinkel Art and augmented reality brings MIT – For a Better World to life
November 7 2017
A Brief History of Environmental Successes
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Helen Hill | EAPS News This year, the Lorenz Center invited Susan Solomon to give the 7th annual John Carlson Lecture at the New England Aquarium on October 26th, 2017. Professor Solomon talked about past environmental challenges that were successfully overcome and how climate change, as perhaps “the mother” of all environmental challenges, compares.
October 24 2017
First Year Students Discover EAPS through Extreme Weather and Climate
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Lauren Hinkel Before the start of the semester, fourteen incoming first year students joined researchers and students from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) for a five-day exploration of extreme weather and climate.
October 23 2017
Noelle Selin: Tracing Toxins Around the World
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Atmospheric chemist takes on pollutants and the global treaties written to control them.
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.

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.
August 17 2015
Better Estimates of Worldwide Mercury Pollution MIT News/Jennifer Chu MIT News features new findings from the Selin Group that show Asia produces twice as much mercury emissions as previously thought.
July 20 2015
Ocean Acidification May Cause Dramatic Changes to Phytoplankton MIT News/Jennifer Chu Stephanie Dutkiewicz and colleagues report on a new study that finds many species may die out and others may migrate as ocean acidification intensifies.
June 17 2015
Small thunderstorms may add up to massive cyclones on Saturn MIT News/Jennifer Chu Morgan O'Neill, Kerry Emanuel and Glenn Flierl report on a new model that may predict cyclone activity on other planets.
May 20 2015
Researchers: Hurricanes come in bunches and could get stronger Kevin Spear/Orlando Sentinel Kerry Emanuel presents research that ties climate change to fewer small or average-sized storms and an uptick in the number of the most powerful storms.
May 5 2015
Podcast: What's the science behind climate change? Jay London/MIT Alumni Association MIT faculty members including EAPS own Dan Cziczo and Kerry Emanuel discuss the history and science behind Earth’s warming climate, and whether anything can be done to mitigate a rising global temperature.
April 15 2015
An Ocean of Opportunity MIT News/Jennifer Chu MIT News profiled EAPS Associate Professor Mick Follows, who uses tiny marine microbes to model climate change.
March 23 2015
Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam and Climate Change Kerry Emanuel EAPS Professor Kerry Emanuel examines role of climate change in severe tropical cyclones
March 11 2015
First-Light Images of NASA's Soil Moisture Satellite Revealed Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Kelsey Damrad EAPS and CEE Professor Dara Entekhabi marvels at NASA SAMP satellite's first snapshot of Earth.
February 13 2015
How global warming can worsen snowfalls Carolyn Johnson, Boston Globe The Boston Globe asks PAOC's Paul O'Gormon about his research on climate change and extreme snowfalls
January 28 2015
3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA’s soil-moisture mission MIT News/David L. Chandler EAPS professor Dara Entekhabi discusses NASA's mission to measure all of Earth's soil moisture via a satellite set to launch Jan. 29.
November 14 2014
Volcanic cooling underestimated Nature Since 2000, atmospheric particles from volcanic eruptions have cooled the Earth more than scientists had suspected.
October 31 2014
Catching air MIT News/Zach Wener-Fligner Jimmy Gasore is working on Africa’s first high-frequency climate observatory in his native Rwanda.
September 29 2014
MIT's 2014 Energy and Climate Outlook Audrey Resutek Report: Unless we change direction, the future world will be 3–5°C warmer, thirstier, still dependent on fossil fuels
September 17 2014
Classroom Earth Photos: DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate 2014 Helen Hill The annual EAPS Freshman pre-orientation exploration program in Extreme Weather and Climate involved falling fruit, scintillating stargazing, magnificent Mt Washington
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