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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...
December 9 2014
Small volcanoes make a dent in global warming
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MIT News New research shows that relatively small volcanic eruptions can increase aerosol particles in the atmosphere, temporarily mitigating the global warming caused by greenhouse gases. The impact of such s...
November 30 2014
Climate Feedback: Improving Media Coverage of Climate Science
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Genevieve Wanucha Emmanuel Vincent has launched Climate Feedback, a new web-based initiative to improve the accuracy of climate science reporting in the media. The first experiment with the method evaluated a recent ar...
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 ...
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.
October 30 2012
Sandy make you miss Tim Palmer's talk Monday? Here is Prof. Palmer's presentation 'The "real" butterfly effect?'
October 30 2012
More Than Just a "Category 1" New York Times How could we improve the rating systems for natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes: Kerry Emanuel shares his thoughts in the New York Times.
October 30 2012
What the past teaches: meeting today's global environmental challenge Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Atmospheric science pioneer, EAPS Professor Susan Solomon speaks on past environmental accomplishments, technology’s role and how history should be our guide to meeting today’s global challenges.
October 30 2012
Where to find a tasty codepod? Oceanus Magazine, WHOI MIT-WHOI Joint Program grad student Nick Woods and the team from the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at WHOI are helping to untangle the combination of physical and biological processes that create dense patches of the tiny marine organism (codepods) favored by basking sharks, cod, haddock and the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
October 30 2012
Ocean Microstructure and Why Study It? NASA Earth Observatory "Notes from the Field" Blog Grad student Alec Bogdanoff is currently at sea making ocean microstructure measurements. Find out what that means and meet the team he works with at WHOI in today's NASA Earth Observatory blog entry.
October 30 2012
Coral Reefs, Sinking Islands, and the Half-Complete Theory of Charles Darwin Oceans at MIT MIT-Joint program student Michael Toomey joins geomorphologists Taylor Perron (EAPS) and Andrew Ashton (WHOI) in an exploration of why Darwin's theory of atoll evolution doesn't fit the observed life-cycle of some volcanic ocean island chains.
October 23 2012
Could We One Day Send Humans to the Newly Discovered Planet Orbiting Alpha Centauri B? The Atlantic Magazine Put on your thinking caps and let's get planning! Sarah Seager talks to "The Atlantic"
October 17 2012
At MIT, Dalai Lama calls for better stewardship of Earth’s resources Tibetan Buddhist leader urges a more enlightened view of self-interest in remarks at a conference held at MIT this week. EAPS' Kerry Emanuel participates in "Ethics, Economics and Environment" panel.
October 2 2012
Oceans Online John Marshall and the Oceans at MIT team, pull together all things "ocean" to create a new cross-campus website. Immerse yourself in this new resource for what is going on at MIT and within the MIT-WHOI Joint Program.
September 17 2012
Exploring the Arctic Ocean and Sea Ice Researcher An Nguyen reports on a numerical modeling study to better understand the origin and character of the western arctic upper halocline.