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June 9 2017
MIT-NASA Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
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Ellen Gray | NASA's Earth Science News Team

New MIT-NASA research using models of Atlantic circulation finds that the ocean absorbs atmospheric gases more easily than heat energy, and the slowing circulation that results, reduces its ability to absorb both.

June 9 2017
2017 Senior Thesis Presentations
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Each year, graduating seniors majoring in EAPS present a thesis in completion of their Bachelor of Science Degree. This year, EAPS had a class of 8 students specializing in areas across the earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, 5 of whom were advised by PAOC members.

June 5 2017
Measuring Biological Dust in the Wind
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Lauren Hinkel

A new technique developed in the Cziczo Lab may be the most accurate way of identifying biological aerosols from mineral dust in the atmosphere, constraining their contribution to cloud formation and climate change.

June 2 2017
MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement
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MIT News Office

MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017.

May 30 2017
An Ocean of Curiosity
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT oceanographers explore Earth’s seas with the Boston community for the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum.

May 23 2017
Happy 100th Birthday to the Father of Chaos
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Kerry Emanuel

Today, May 23rd, Edward N. Lorenz, longtime professor of meteorology at MIT, would have turned 100. Widely recognized as the father of the modern theory of chaos, he profoundly altered the way we view the natural world.

May 22 2017
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of TRAPPIST-1 System's Outermost Planet
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Peter Kelley | University of Washington

A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers, among them Julien de Wit from PAOC in Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. 

 

May 15 2017
Varied Increases in Extreme Rainfall with Global Warming
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Intensification of extreme rainfall varies from region to region, study shows.

May 12 2017
Noelle Selin Awarded Tenure
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MIT IDSS

Congratulations to Noelle Selin, EAPS and IDSS professor and PAOC member, for her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure by the Executive Committee of the Corporation.

April 27 2017
3Q: Refocusing Climate Research in a New Era
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Lauren Hinkel

A new perspective from climate researchers argues that there are three key questions that should frame future climate research.

April 26 2017
Leshner Leadership Fellow Noelle Selin Catalyzes Dialogue with Public, Policymakers
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT researcher helps bring scientific evidence into public decision-making

April 19 2017
New Potentially Habitable Planet Discovered
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Identified as New Target for Atmospheric Study.

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.

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
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.