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June 11 2013
Chaos at 50
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Physics Today Fifty years have passed since Edward Lorenz published his discovery of the surprising behavior we now know as chaos. With a simple, three-equation weather model, Lorenz demonstrated that even ful...
June 10 2013
400 ppm CO2? Add Other GHGs, and It’s Equivalent to 478 ppm
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Oceans at MIT Atmospheric chemist and climate scientist Ron Prinn discusses the real issues around 400 ppm of atmospheric CO₂.Read this story at Oceans at MITWhat is so significant about this 400-ppm reading?T...
May 22 2013
Got Weather? PAOC on the Weather Channel
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The Weather Channel Grad student Vince Agard recently met with a film crew from the Weather Channel. Here he is, explaining how the Earth's rotation contributes to severe weather......
May 8 2013
Digital Computing for the Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate
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Helen Hill Chris Hill's work centers on how digital computing technology in its broadest sense applies to Earth science and especially the ocean. Computing in general has a long and proud history ...
April 21 2013
Ocean-borne Garbage Pulls a Crowd
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Helen Hill and Genevieve Wanucha

Oceans at MIT goes to the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival...  Ocean scientists from MIT’s Program in Oceans, Atmospheres, and Climate as well as EAPS department undergraduates headed over to th...

April 5 2013
A ‘green’ Sahara was far less dusty than today
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News  As recently as 5,000 years ago, the Sahara — today a vast desert in northern Africa, spanning more than 3.5 million square miles — was a verdant landscape, with sprawling vegetation and numerous...
February 25 2013
Forging a New Direction in Climate Research
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MIT Alumni Association In this Faculty Forum Online broadcast, Professor Kerry Emanuel ’76, PhD ’78 discussed a new approach to climate science that emphasizes basic understanding over black box simulation. R...
January 29 2013
Cumulus, cirrus, stratus: what clouds say about climate change
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MIT Alumni Association In this recent Faculty Forum broadcast event, Dan Cziczo set out to answer what happens when particles in the atmosphere, especially manufactured ones, interact with water vapor and temperature to for...
January 24 2013
Susan Solomon Wins Vetlesen Prize
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Atmospheric chemist, Susan Solomon, who led efforts to identify the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole and a French geochemist who extracted the longest-yet climate record from polar ice cores hav...
January 16 2013
Groundwater: The River No One Sees
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Martin Burch, for Oceanus Magazine, WHOI MIT WHOI Joint Program graduate student Meagan Gonneea is a chemical oceanographer interested in groundwater. Groundwater that enters the coastal ocean from underground aquifers carries nutrients and ...
December 11 2012
Searching for Climate Clues in Southern Ocean Eddies
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT DIMES researchers hope that their data on ocean mixing may provide the missing ingredients to ocean climate models... which can then be used to understand past climates, as well as make projections ab...
November 27 2012
Sea-Ice Interplay
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Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office In this MIT News video, Patrick Heimbach describes his work and the discovery of a feedback between sea ice and ocean that has helped improve Arctic ice extent forecasting.The simulation was conducted...
November 27 2012
Measuring Martian Snowflakes
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Helen Hill Graduate student Renyu Hu is interested in a range of planetary science problems from characterizing terrestrial exoplanet atmospheres and surfaces to analyzing Mars orbiter data.In this vid...
November 27 2012
Watching the Arctic Melt - Adventures in Polar Oceanography
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TechTV The top of the world is warming. The ice cap is in retreat... What's happening? How do we know? Why does it matter? These were just some of the questions raised at last week's mini-conference 'Watchin...
November 27 2012
Curious About Life
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Astrobiology Magazine Professor of Geobiology Roger Summons talks to Astrobiology Magazine about his work with SAM, NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars Prioject. The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science i...
November 15 2012
2nd Annual Carlson Lecture
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Predicting Climate in a Chaotic World: How Certain Can We Be? NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM, NOVember 1, 2012This year's John Carlson Lecture was given by Royal Society Professor of Climate Physics at UK...
November 13 2012
Clearing the Air
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News  Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.Read more at MIT News...
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 24 2012
Greenland Melting? Three Questions with Patrick Heimbach
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Oceans at MIT The surface of Greenland’s interior ice sheet experienced a period of extreme melting for several days during July, 2012. Oceans at MIT sat down with Patrick Heimbach, to discuss the ice melt event.Re...
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 23 2012
Power in Modeling Virtual Marine Microbes
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Microbe Magazine When used properly, models provide valuable insights into complex systems and sometimes yield surprising, even counterintuitive outcomes. Darwin Project researcher Stephanie Dutkiewicz explains her gr...
October 23 2012
DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate 2012
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Allison Wing The program began on Wednesday, August 22 with a lunch at which the participants were given an introduction to the activities planned for the next few days, and also got to meet several EAPS faculty. ...
October 23 2012
Study maps pollution’s pathway to the Arctic, sets path for future research
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Vicki Ekstrom for JPSPGC Noelle Selin and Carey Friedman have built a model that will be further developed as part of an NSF-funded project to track how chemicals get to remote Arctic environments. Read more at MIT News...
October 23 2012
When it Rains, it Pours
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News Global warming is expected to intensify extreme precipitation, but the rate at which it does so in the tropics has remained unclear. A new study authored by Paul O'Gorman provides an estimate based on...
October 23 2012
Oceans Online
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Oceans at MIT 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-WH...
October 23 2012
The Mathematics of Leaf Decay
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News Understanding the rate at which leaves decay can help scientists predict the global flux of carbon dioxide, and develop better models for climate change. A new mathematical model from postdoc Dav...
October 23 2012
Geotraces: Building a Periodic Table for the Ocean
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT Ed Boyle’s research group works on trace metals and trace metal isotope ratios in the oceans, estuaries, rivers, and ice cores. In this Oceans at MIT article, you can read about the team's involvemen...
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.
July 22 2012
Which skink's which? Otaga Daily Times Tools developed by Sai Ravela and co-workers being used in New Zealand to study skink ecology.
July 20 2012
Program will identify skinks Ecological Informatics by Photography A new method to understand the migratory behavior of individuals in ecosystems through pattern recognition
July 20 2012
Congratulations Dr. Dail and Dr. Ivy PAOC Congratulates newest doctoral graduates Holly Dail and Diane Ivy.
July 13 2012
Following the Ice: Is this Global Warming? Ben Linhoff MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Ben Linhoff's is blogging from the Greenland Ice Sheet for Scientific American this summer
July 2 2012
Clouds over Karlsruhe Sarvesh Garimella Graduate student Sarvesh Garimella blogging from Germany
June 27 2012
Lead from gasoline discovered in Indian Ocean Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Ed Boyle talks to MIT News about his work tracing lead in the ocean
June 19 2012
E25 welcomes interim administrator The Boyle, McGee and Summons Groups have a new AA
June 18 2012
New Students PAOC is happy to announce that fourteen new students will join us in the fall.
June 18 2012
Double the benefits: clean energy also saves water Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Adam Schlosser co-author on an NREL-MIT study showing an 80 percent renewable energy standard cuts water use in half.
June 6 2012
Congratulations PAOC Graduates PAOC graduates degree listings
May 31 2012
Scientists Discover the "Vitamin B12 Claw" Oceanus Magazine, WHOI Graduating doctoral student Erin Bertrand and co-authors and a newfound protein is key for algae growth in the ocean
May 31 2012
Rivers of Ice: What's Your Question? Cambridge Science Festival If you missed the Cambridge Science Festival "Rivers of Ice: What's Your Question?" panel last month here is a video of the event.
May 22 2012
Illari receives education and advising award Helen Hill Dr. Illari was joined by several of her students at last Thursday's presentation ceremony where she received an Education and Advising Award from the School of Science
May 8 2012
First light from a super-Earth spotted Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Sara Seager and postdoc Brice-Olivier Demory report finding a searing planet
May 8 2012
Kadanoff "makes a Splash" Lorenz Center The Lorenz Center's first Visiting Scientist Leo Kadanoff gives Houghton Lectures