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December 17 2015
At COP21, Finding Hope for Climate in the Aerocene
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Cassie Martin Artist Tomás Saraceno and MIT scientists join forces to confront climate crisis at UN conference.***It’s a brisk afternoon in Paris, and sunlight streams through the glass and steel ceiling of the Gra...
November 24 2015
PAOC Puts the Science in Science Policy
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Cassie Martin Earlier this year, graduate students and faculty from MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate traveled to our nation’s capital on a mission to build relationships with policymakers on both s...
November 16 2015
Capturing an Underwater World
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Cassie Martin Underwater photographer and MIT CAST visiting artist Keith Ellenbogen is developing new technology and sharing his passion for underwater conservation photography with students in an upcoming IAP cour...
October 28 2015
Shifting Climates, Shifting Landscapes
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Cassie Martin A new landslide prediction model from Dino Bellugi, Taylor Perron, and Paul O’Gorman could help communities prepare for disaster in the face of changing climate.***Taylor Perron has seen the aftermath...
October 28 2015
Cloud Watching
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Cassie Martin Bjorn Stevens, director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, describes how atmospheric water contributes to climate change at the 2015 John Carlson Lecture.***Two parts hydrogen, one part oxyg...
October 11 2015
The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak
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Cassie Martin  This year’s PAOC retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains surrounding Jiminy Peak Resort gave attendees wonderful opportunities to befriend new colleagues, learn about new research, and enjo...
September 17 2015
New Students Discover EAPS through Extreme Weather and Climate
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Cassie Martin Before the new semester began, incoming freshmen joined EAPS for a 5-day exploration of extreme weather and climate.***Every year, MIT welcomes incoming freshmen with FPOP—a pre-orientation program ai...
August 22 2015
Life on Mars Time
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Cassie Martin Humans may one day live on Mars, but how will we adjust to the time change, and how will our new environment redefine our concept of time? Graduate student and artist Sara Morawetz teamed up with NASA...
July 14 2015
Susan Solomon on Lessons from the Ozone Hole
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Cassie Martin MIT Atmospheric Chemist Susan Solomon recounts how scientists, world governments, and the public worked together to stop the ozone hole from growing, and what we can learn from those actions that coul...
July 6 2015
For the Love of Physics: From Oceans to Other Planets
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Cassie Martin MIT Oceanographer Glenn Flierl’s passion lies in understanding the physics that shape life as we know it on Earth and other planets.***Much like the ocean currents he studies, MIT Oceanographer G...
June 10 2015
Middle School Students Pay PAOC a Visit
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Cassie Martin A group of students from Weston Middle School recently visited EAPS to learn about the atmosphere, weather, and oceans.***Recent sunny days and warm temperatures signal the beginning of summer and the...
May 23 2015
Uncovering Diversity in an Invisible Ocean World
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Cassie Martin Tara Oceans, an international consortium of researchers that explored the world’s oceans in hopes of learning more about one of its smallest inhabitants, reported their initial findings this week in a...
May 23 2015
Study: Ocean Currents Change with Seasons
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Cassie Martin The strength of ocean currents change with the seasons, which have implications for both ocean life and climate according to a new MIT study.***As the seasons change, so too does the strength of ocean...
May 22 2015
PAOC Students Recognized for Excellence
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Cassie Martin Four students in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) received awards for excellence in research and teaching at the 2015 EAPS Student Awards Dinner.Casey Hilgenbrink (’15), who grad...
May 11 2015
4 Questions with David Battisti on El Niño and Climate Variability
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Cassie Martin Atmospheric Scientist David Battisti discusses the double El Niño phenomenon and what it does and doesn’t tell us about climate change. ***This year’s spring Houghton Lecturer is David Battisti, ...
May 4 2015
Diving into Ocean Science at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival
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Cassie Martin Just in time for Earth Day, Oceans at MIT was thrilled to participate in the Cambridge Science Festival Ocean’s Day hosted April 23, 2015 at the MIT Museum. ***Cambridge is a hub for science...
April 27 2015
Costa Christopoulos Named 2015 NOAA Hollings Scholar
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Cassie Martin EAPS undergraduate student Costa Christopoulos recently won a NOAA Scholarship that will support his passion for atmospheric science. Read more about the award and Christopoulos' research here. *...
April 20 2015
A Model Year for Climate Change
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Cassie Martin Climate expert Jochem Marotzke tackles the discrepancy between climate models and real-world observations of global temperature in the 15th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture.***Earlier this yea...
March 16 2015
Boston Sets New Snow Record
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Cassie Martin Near the end of one of the most brutal winters on record, Boston finally surpassed those 107.6 inches of snow recorded during the winter of 1995-1996, giving residents something to celebrate.***With n...
March 9 2015
Aditi Sheshadri Wins AMS Award
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Cassie Martin MIT graduate student Aditi Sheshadri's research on the impacts of stratospheric warming events on the lower atmosphere garnered her an award at the American Meteorological Society's 18th Conference on...
March 6 2015
The Science behind Boston's Record-Setting Winter of 2015
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Cassie Martin The winter of 2015 will likely become the snowiest Boston has ever seen. MIT Meteorologist Lodovica Illari shares her thoughts on the science behind these extreme weather events and what caused them.*...
February 26 2015
Oceans in a Warming World: 3 Questions with John Marshall
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Cassie Martin How do oceans affect climate, and vice versa? EAPS Professor of Oceanography John Marshall answers those questions and more in his talk Oceans in a Warming World. ***John Marshall, the Cecil and ...
February 4 2015
Jörn Callies Wins AGU Award
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Cassie Martin MIT-WHOI graduate student Jörn Callies' research on atmospheric and oceanic wave fluctuations garnered him an award at the recent American Geophysical Union Conference—the largest worldwide confe...
January 20 2015
Science Storytelling: 42⁰ North
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Cassie Martin Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dena Seidel uses art to communicate science. We sat down with Seidel during her visit to MIT to ask her a few questions about earth and ocean science filmmaking.***...
December 22 2014
Life on an Aquaplanet
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Jennifer Chu/MIT News MIT News has a feature story explaining newly published research from scientists in the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) that explores the idea of extraterrestrial o...
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.
February 19 2013
Congratulations Professor Follows Long time PAOCer Mick Follows promoted to associate professor with tenure
February 12 2013
Students witness science policy in action Alli Gold for the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Noelle Selin and mercury policy conference attendees host panel discussion
February 6 2013
Congratulations Dr. Clayton PAOC congratulates newest doctoral graduate Sophie Clayton...
January 28 2013
Changing with the Climate Vicki Ekstrom, MIT Energy Initiative/Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT researchers, Massachusetts officials highlight strategies to adapt to climate change.
January 28 2013
Houghton Lectures Last Week's Exploration of Lagrangian Methods
January 24 2013
Class of 2012 Goes to AGU Deepa Rao '12 (XII) For Deepa Rao '12 (XII) AGU was an incredible week of reconnecting with friends, advisors, professors, and fellow researchers
January 23 2013
Paint Pigment, Violent Raccoons and Other Surprising Mercury Trivia PBS PAOCers Alice Alpert, Bethanie Edwards, Rebecca Saari were part of the group from MIT blogging about their trip to Geneva for the fifth and final meeting to address global controls on mercury.
January 17 2013
Susan Solomon wins Vetlesen Prize Susan Solomon shares the 2012 Vetlesen Prize with French geochemist Jean Jouzel.
January 14 2013
Faculty Award Susan Solomon wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for establishing the links between atmosphere, climate and human activity
January 14 2013
MIT Students Attend International Mercury Talks Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Get the inside scoop and follow LIVE reports from Geneva by twitter and blog
January 11 2013
The Global Warming Conundrum: Greenhouse Gases vs. Aerosols Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT There’s a tricky chemical trade-off at work in our skies. As greenhouse gases provide their famous warming effect to Earth’s surface, aerosol pollution in the atmosphere actually partly counteracts it.