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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 ...

January 24 2017
A Persistent Haze
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study assesses impact of fire aerosols on visibility and air quality in Southeast Asia. The skies above Southeast Asia are often dimmed by a persistent haze, due largely to high concentrations of...

January 24 2017
On Addressing Global Change Science
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Bernadette Esposito | MIT ILP Ron Prinn directs MIT's Center for Global Change Science and co-directs its Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Among other things these groups are running the Advanced Global At...
January 17 2017
Observing and modeling the Arctic Ocean and Sea Ice: A Meeting in Woods Hole
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Lauren Hinkel Last November, a group of MIT researchers joined scientists from around the world to attend the fifth meeting of the Forum for Arctic Modeling & Synthesis (FAMOS) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic I...
January 17 2017
Study Tracks “Memory” of Soil Moisture
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the pl...
January 12 2017
Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
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Sara Seager For thousands of years people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are they common?” “Do any have signs of life?”Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions. We have foun...
January 11 2017
Modeling Plausible Futures
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser assesses long-term risks to regional water and energy systems.Last spring, MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser, who serves as deputy director of the MIT J...
January 10 2017
Pauline Austin: Celebrating a Pioneer of Weather Radar
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Lauren Hinkel Made possible by a generous gift, a new, permanent exhibit was unveiled in December, honoring the life and achievements of Pauline M. Austin, PhD ‘42, who served as Director of MIT’s Weather Radar Lab...
January 10 2017
Study Finds More Extreme Storms Ahead for California
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office New technique predicts frequency of heavy precipitation with global warming.On Dec. 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with th...
January 10 2017
Short-Lived Greenhouse Gases Cause Centuries of Sea-Level Rise
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Through warming effects, methane and other gases impact rising seas long after leaving the atmosphere.Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmos...
January 2 2017
Students, Academics, and Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Tackle the Future of Water Utilities
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Fifth annual MIT Water Summit brings together interdisciplinary panelists to give multiple perspectives on major issues surrounding the water sector.Read this story in MIT News.Turn on the faucet and ...
December 19 2016
New study sets oxygen-breathing limit for ocean’s hardiest organisms
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Bacteria can survive in marine environments that are almost completely starved of oxygen. Around the world, wide swaths of open ocean are nearly depleted of oxygen. Not quite dead zones, they are...
December 10 2016
The World Sees Me as the One Who Will Find Another Earth
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Lauren Hinkel In an in-depth piece for The New York Times Magazine, writer Chris Jones spotlights MIT Prof. and astrophysicist Sara Seager’s journey in searching for an Earthlike exoplanet. Jones writes t...
November 28 2016
Climate Models May Be Overestimating the Cooling Effect of Wildfire Aerosols
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Accounting for year-to-year variability enables more accurate projections of climate change and its impactsWhether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or pe...
November 23 2016
Saharan Dust in the Wind
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Scientists find huge reduction in African dust plume led to more Saharan monsoons 11,000 years ago.Read this story in MIT News.Every year, trade winds over the Sahara Desert sweep up huge plumes of mi...
November 18 2016
Living in the Future
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Lauren Hinkel Scientists from MIT and Boston University explore how well early science fiction in movies were able to predict today's technological advances and the culture around which it's based.Since the early d...
November 11 2016
Big Ice, Big Science
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Lauren Hinkel Richard Alley delivers the 2016 Carlson Lecture on the physics of glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and Boston and how ice sheets capture a history of the world’s climate.Two-miles thick and a contin...
November 1 2016
Forecasting the Head of the Charles
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Helen Hill | EAPS News Not the winners: The weather! For the third year in a row, Costa Christopoulos '17 provides local, fine-scale weather forecasting support for this beloved annual, international, two-day regatta on the...
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.
January 28 2014
PAOC's Noelle Selin appointed to the Global Young Academy Helen Hill for EAPS News Faculty Award: PAOC congratulations to Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Atmospheric Chemistry Noelle Selin for her appointment to the Global Young Academy
January 21 2014
MITx course injects science into the global warming debate Steve Carson and Sara Sezun, Office of Digital Learning 12.340x focuses on teaching students academic rigor, not rhetoric.