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April 14 2017
MIT Quarter Century Club Welcomes New Members for 2017
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Richard L. Benford | Bonny S. Kellermann | Quarter Century Club

Class includes 99 new members from both the Cambridge campus and Lincoln Laboratory among them are PAOC's Michael Follows, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall.

April 12 2017
Kerry Emanuel Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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MIT News Office

Kerry A. Emanuel, the EAPS Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, joins the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders in the academy.

April 7 2017
Stream Network Geometry Correlates with Climate
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Terri Cook | EOS

Work by Prof. Daniel H. Rothman and the MIT Lorenz Center's Hansjörg Seybold show that a "big data" analysis of nearly 1 million river junctions in the contiguous United States shows that branching angles in dendritic drainages vary systematically between humid and arid regions.

March 31 2017
Embrace Who You Are: One Latina Scientist’s Brave Journey in STEM
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Gabi Serrato Marks

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Gabi Serrato Marks profiles her colleague, Gabriela Farfan, about her dream of becoming a mineralogist and her experiences with culture and identity along the way.

March 30 2017
Institute Award for the Love of Marine Chemistry
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT-WHOI student Lauren Kipp to receive a Graduate Teaching Award

March 28 2017
The Future of Forests Under Climate Change
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study projects vast regional differences in forest productivity, migration and wildfire impacts

March 27 2017
Tiny Bacterium Provides Window into Whole Ecosystems
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Ubiquitous marine organism has co-evolved with other microbes, promoting more complex ecosystems.

March 24 2017
Storied Women of MIT: Pauline Morrow Austin
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Meg Rosenburg/MIT Video Productions

Storied Women of MIT is a series of 60-second historical profiles of MIT students, researchers, and staff that demonstrates the role of women at the Institute from its founding to today.

March 16 2017
Climate Change to Worsen Drought, Diminish Corn Yields in Africa
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Over the next century, southern Africa will see widespread decreases in maize production.

March 13 2017
Preparing for Extremes
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J-WAFS News

How models can help agriculture adapt to climate change uncertainties. The concern around climate change has scientists focusing their attention on regions around the world that are expected to be particularly hard hit.

March 8 2017
MIT Faculty Working on Climate Write to President Trump
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PAOC Faculty

The MIT faculty in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate rebut Prof. Linzden’s letter urging the US administration to withdraw from the UN climate convention.

March 6 2017
Study Suggests Complex Life was Present on Earth 2.33 Billion Years Ago
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

New estimate predates earliest fossil evidence by 800 million years.

March 6 2017
Underwater Mountains Help Ocean Water Rise from Abyss
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Turbulence from seafloor topography may explain longstanding question about ocean circulation.

February 23 2017
Climate@MIT
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Lauren Hinkel

A new online publication from MIT reports on exciting climate science research at MIT. We focus on climate as a fundamental science, but occasionally comment on climate action and policy at MIT and climate research occurring elsewhere.

February 22 2017
Lucky Seven: 3Q with Julien de Wit on the discovery of seven temperate, nearby worlds
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Planets may harbor conditions suitable for sustaining liquid water — and thus life.

February 20 2017
PAOC Faculty Promotions
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Lauren Hinkel

Congratulations to Michael Follows and David McGee for their recent promotions, recognizing their achievements and contributions to the department.Effective July 2017, Michael Follows will become a Fu...

February 17 2017
Getting Their Hands Dirty: Students Experience Fieldwork in Hawaii
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

TREX program offers undergraduates the opportunity to get out in the field.

February 14 2017
The Heart of a Far-off Star Beats for its Planet
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations. For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet.The star, which ...

February 10 2017
Modeling the Unequal Benefits of U.S. Environmental Policy
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

New toolset evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for nine income groups One of the two top air pollutants in the U.S., ground-level ozone is harmful not only to your health but ...

February 7 2017
Aerocene Soars at the 47th World Economic Forum Meeting
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Lauren Hinkel

Climate-conscious sculptures influence world perspectives in Davos- Klosters, Switzerland.Aerocene, an artistic project developed by Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene Foundation, has been collaborating ...

February 1 2017
Atmospheres, Oceans and Planetary Studies on Display at AGU
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Lauren Hinkel

Over the week of December 12th, members of MIT’s PAOC attended the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 49th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.The event is the world’s largest Earth and space science...

January 30 2017
Explained: Greenhouse gases
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Carbon dioxide isn’t the only one that matters, and the gases vary widely in potency and duration.When hearing the words “greenhouse gas,” most people think immediately of carbon dioxide. This is inde...

January 30 2017
Solomon is 2017 National Academy of Sciences Medalist
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive the 2017 National Academy of Sciences, Arthur L. Day Prize and...

January 26 2017
EAPS Welcomes Inaugural Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences is delighted to welcome exoplanetary scientist Dr. Jason Dittmann, one of four inaugural 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellows announced today by...

January 26 2017
Celebrating Pauline Morrow Austin: A Founder of Radar Meteorology
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT Faculty, friends and family of Mrs. Austin gathered to remember her life and commemorate her contributions to science with the unveiling of an exhibit in EAPS.Modern meteorology would not be what ...

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
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.