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November 10 2014
The Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle
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Genevieve Wanucha Learn about what happened when MIT researchers set their minds to figuring out why climate models generate a finding seemingly at odds with our basic understanding of global warming.***In classrooms a...
October 24 2014
Geophysicist Peter Molnar Takes Down a Popular Scientific Theory at the Lorenz Center's John Carlson Lecture
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Genevieve Wanucha Peter Molnar, professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, presented “Big Cats, Panamá, and Armadillos: A Story of Climate and Life" at the 2014 John Carlson Lecture...
September 29 2014
The 2014 PAOC Retreat: Cape Cod
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Genevieve Wanucha The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2014 PAOC Retreat too...
September 10 2014
Where time stands still, ideas travel generations
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Genevieve Wanucha The traditions of chalkboard mathematics, mentorship, and ample time to think make the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics program a summer school like no other.***It’s been another summer of intense lear...
August 27 2014
Snowfall in a warmer world
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Jennifer Chu/MIT News Study finds big snowstorms will still occur in the Northern Hemisphere following global warming.*If ever there were a silver lining to global warming, it might be the prospect of milder winters. After...
August 18 2014
Broadening the 'scope' of microbial oceanography
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT With an infusion of private funds, MIT researchers and collaborators will break new ground in the study of marine microbes at the legendary field site Station ALOHA.***The Simons Foundation, a New Yor...
July 20 2014
Seeing Beyond the Clouds
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Genevieve Wanucha Researchers In the Aerosol and Cloud Lab at MIT are perfecting ice cloud chamber methodology for future generations. A new instrument, the SPectrometer for Ice Nuclei (SPIN), will ultimately clarify h...
June 17 2014
Weston Middle School Visit
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Lodovica Illari Weston Midlle School Visits PAOC.A group of middle school students (6th grade) from the Weston Public schools visited PAOC, as part of their annual trip to MIT. Lodovica Illari, Allison Wing and grad ...
June 15 2014
The Rossby Award goes to Jessica Fitzsimmons and Chris Kempes
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Genevieve Wanucha Jessica Fitzsimmons, PhD '13, and Chris Kempes, PhD '13, have won the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Award for their outstanding PAOC PhD theses.Jessica Fitzsimmons completed her PhD thesis The Marine Biogeochemi...
June 2 2014
Solving the puzzle of ice age climates
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Genevieve Wanucha for MIT News MIT researchers look to the Southern Ocean for an explanation of the “Last Glacial Maximum.” The paleoclimate record for the last ice age — a time 21,000 years ago called the “Last Glacial Maximum” (L...
May 8 2014
Susan Solomon will lead MIT's New Initiative on the Environment
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David Chandler/MIT News Multidisciplinary program, to be led by Susan Solomon, will encourage collaborations among researchers in different fields.Read on MIT NewsMIT has announced a major new campuswide initiative to promot...
April 23 2014
How the Ocean Reins in Global Warming
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT The ocean plays a critical role in climate change, especially in setting the climate's response to increasing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. As excess heat accumulates in various parts o...
April 7 2014
Flight Path: Into the Volcanic Plume
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Genevieve Wanucha Researchers in EAPS are using small unmanned aircraft systems to better understand environmental phenomena. Their current target is the dangerous plume billowing from an active volcano.***In the thick...
April 3 2014
Ancient whodunit may be solved: The microbes did it!
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Methane-producing microbes may be responsible for the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history.Evidence left at the crime scene is abundant and global: Fossil remains show that sometime around 252 m...
February 27 2014
A Gold Medal in Oceanography
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT John Marshall, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography, recently accepted the 2014 Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society for his "fundamental insights into  water mass ...
February 21 2014
At the Lorenz Center, Water Unites Leaders in Climate Sciences
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT The first Lorenz Center scientific workshop, “Water in the Climate System,” was held February 10-12, 2014 at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts.Water has a lot of say in how Earth’s clima...
February 14 2014
A Brave New Ocean World
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT After 20 years of work, the new high-resolution virtual ocean, the MITgcm, is advancing science from theoretical fluid dynamics to marine ecology.“A picture’s worth a thousand words” is the first thin...
February 1 2014
Weathering the 2014 IAP
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Genevieve Wanucha It’s been a bone-chilling two weeks here in Cambridge during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), and thanks to Course 12.310 ‘An Introduction to Weather Forecasting,’ twenty new amateur forecas...
December 19 2013
Unlocking the Secrets of Starlight in the Search for Another Earth
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Genevieve Wanucha When a planet outside our Solar System, or exoplanet, is big enough and orbits tightly enough around a star that’s bright enough, it’s an astronomer’s dream. That’s because it’s possible to find that ...
November 24 2013
“Let’s Just Do Science:” The Origins of the Graduate Climate Conference
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT Sixteen graduate students in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have settled back to work after organizing and leading the 7th Graduate Climate Conference (GCC), which took place...
November 19 2013
New Oceans Faculty Positions Shine Spotlight on PAOC
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT September’s here, and classes in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have begun. Faculty, post docs, researchers, and graduate students continue to explore the ocean on computers,...
November 18 2013
“We Can and We Must:” Drew Shindell on Air Pollution and Climate Change Action
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT On Monday October 21, climatologist Drew Shindell came up from New York City’s NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to give the 13th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture, which filled n...
November 18 2013
The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun and Science on Jiminy Peak
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Genevieve Wanucha MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) oversees a broad program of education and research in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences in The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and P...
July 19 2013
How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event
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Helen Hill   How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’ group carried out a...
June 25 2013
A Woman, a Mountain, a Quest to Map Climate Change
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alum.mit.edu On a mountaintop in Rwanda, Katherine Potter is helping to put Africa on the climate change grid. She is Katherine Potter PhD ’11, the principal investigator for the new Rwanda Climate Observatory. Wo...
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.
January 10 2013
Reducing the Risks of Mercury Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Noelle Selin, along with a team of ten MIT graduate students, will present scientific results to negotiators in Geneva next week.
December 21 2012
Congratulations Dr. Dutkiewicz Center for Global Change Science Stephanie Dutkiewisz is promoted to PRS
December 20 2012
Freedom to Try the Untested Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT More about the Moore Foundations recent microbiology award
December 6 2012
A New 'Branch' of Math Jennifer Chu for MIT News Dan Rothman and his group find a common angle and tipping point of branching river valley networks.
December 6 2012
Marine Microbiology Award MIT News Office Mick Follows receives award to pursue high-risk research in marine microbial ecology.
November 29 2012
Pike Thackray takes the Prize Helen Hill Grad student Colin Pike Thackray is project winner of this year's Quantifying Uncertainty class, 12.S990 led by Sai Ravela.
November 7 2012
New method could help communities plan for climate risk Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Adam Schlosser and co-workers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on local infrastructure and planning.
November 5 2012
Clearing the Air Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.
November 2 2012
Sitting still or going hunting: Which works better? David L. Chandler, MIT News Office Former Ferrari Group postdoc John Taylor (now a University Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK) worked with Roman Stocker (CEE) in this study showing if you’re a microbe floating in the ocean, there’s no single best strategy for getting food.
October 31 2012
Was Hurricane Sandy Caused by Climate Change? Here and Now, WBUR Whenever there’s an extreme weather event, from a hurricane to a record drought, the question always arises: Is it climate change? Kerry Emanuel told NPR's Here & Now program that it’s hard to know for sure, but it is clear that as coastal waters warm up, storms will carry more rain, due to the added water vapor.