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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 ...

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...
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.
January 16 2014
Promotions for PAOC researchers Helen Hill for EAPS News Congratulations to Patrick Heimbach and Adam Schlosser, both recently promoted to the rank of Senior Research Scientist.
January 9 2014
Weather: What is a polar vortex? Vince Agard/The Tech PAOC grad student Vince Agard explains what exactly a polar vortex is in MIT's The Tech
January 6 2014
Air pollutants in the Arctic act as global indicators Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT researchers address the influence of climate change on the transport of toxic chemicals
January 6 2014
Ed Boyle awarded EAG Urey Medal EAPS News EAPS congratulations to Edward Boyle, Professor of Ocean Geochemistry and Director of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program for 2014 Urey Medal
December 20 2013
Definitely not Dusty: McGee's New Lab EAPS News New labs take a while to set up but now his is, Dave McGee is one happy paleoclimatologist.
December 14 2013
For the good of the colony MIT News Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape.
December 4 2013
Storing carbon in the Arctic Jennifer Chu/MIT News MIT Darwin Group Research shows that carbon storage in Arctic Ocean is more complex than we knew.
October 17 2013
Sara Seager Macarthur Award EAPS News Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor, and Chair in the EAPS Program in Planetary Science has been awarded a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship. PAOC congratulations on this highly deserved prestigious honor.
July 8 2013
Bigger storms ahead Jennifer Chu for MIT News With global warming, a study by Kerry Emanuel finds, tropical cyclones may become more frequent and intense
May 31 2013
Oceans Ahoy! EAPS News Read all about oceanography in EAPS, meet atmospheric chemistry graduate student Sarvesh Garimella, review member news and more in the Spring issue of EAPSpeaks
May 20 2013
2013 EAPS Student Awards Shaenna Berlin, Allison Wing, Tim Cronin, Katherine French, Laura Meredith and Malte Jansen PAOC's award winners
May 9 2013
Dust in the Clouds Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office A new study by atmospheric chemist Dan Cziczo and collaborators find cirrus clouds form around mineral dust and metallic particles.
May 7 2013
Cleaner energy, warmer climate? Vicki Ekstrom, MIT Energy Initiative/Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT researchers explore the possible consequences of expanding biofuels.
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.