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March 24 2017
Storied Women of MIT: Pauline Morrow Austin
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Meg Rosenburg/MIT Video Productions

Storied Women of MIT is a series of 60-second historical profiles of MIT students, researchers, and staff that demonstrates the role of women at the Institute from its founding to today.

March 16 2017
Climate Change to Worsen Drought, Diminish Corn Yields in Africa
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Over the next century, southern Africa will see widespread decreases in maize production.

March 13 2017
Preparing for Extremes
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J-WAFS News

How models can help agriculture adapt to climate change uncertainties. The concern around climate change has scientists focusing their attention on regions around the world that are expected to be particularly hard hit.

March 8 2017
MIT Faculty Working on Climate Write to President Trump
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PAOC Faculty

The MIT faculty in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate rebut Prof. Linzden’s letter urging the US administration to withdraw from the UN climate convention.

March 6 2017
Study Suggests Complex Life was Present on Earth 2.33 Billion Years Ago
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

New estimate predates earliest fossil evidence by 800 million years.

March 6 2017
Underwater Mountains Help Ocean Water Rise from Abyss
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Turbulence from seafloor topography may explain longstanding question about ocean circulation.

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...
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.
April 2 2013
Opinion: Climate change as an intergenerational problem PNAS Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Carl Wunsch and co-authors argue that climate science requires a long-term commitment.
March 29 2013
Irreversible Does Not Mean Unavoidable Damon Matthews and Susan Solomon emphasise that CO2 emissions cuts implemented today would affect the rate of future global warming immediately.
March 25 2013
Glaciers Contribute Significant Iron to North Atlantic Ocean Whoi, Media Relations Office PAOC and MIT-WHOI JP alumna Maya Bhatia lead author on Nature Geoscience paper about ice as a source for iron in the ocean
March 19 2013
Demystifying the Cretaceous Hothouse Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT For any climate scientist who enjoys stretching the limits of current theory by imagining ancient worlds, the ever warm polar regions of the mid-Cretaceous have long presented a paradox.
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