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October 18 2012
The 2012 PAOC Retreat: South Yarmouth, MA
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The 2012 PAOC retreat was held at the Red Jacket Resort in South Yarmouth, MA, on beautiful Cape Cod over the weekend of October 12-14.The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Prog...
August 3 2012
Exploring the Arctic
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Helen Hill Temperatures in the Arctic region has been rising at approximately twice the global average rate in the past 100 years (Solomon et al., Technical Summary, IPCC 2007).  To understand the effect of...
June 18 2012
Meet PAOC's Class of 2012
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 Checking-in with PAOC's Class of 2012:After staying on for several months as a postdoc, Ryan recently left MIT, heading west to Scripps where he has just started a postdoc position working with ...
June 18 2012
Fieldwork Focus: A Tunisian Adventure
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Julio Sepúlveda Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’s group carried out a geological fieldtrip in northwestern Tunisia. This ...
June 6 2012
Atmospheric Chemistry Redux
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Helen Hill  Atmospheric Chemistry takes center stage in Atmospheric Chemistry Redux the lead article in the spring issue of the EAPS alumni newsletter, EAPSpeaks. With 3 new faculty in the the past year alo...
June 4 2012
2012 Senior Theses
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Helen Hill, For her Senior Thesis Deepa Rao has been working with graduate student Laura Meredith to understand the microbially-mediated soil H2 sink while fellow PAOC unergraduate Roman Kowch worked with Lodovic...
May 17 2012
At the intersection of Physics and Biology in the Ocean
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Helen Hill Mick Follows is a Senior Research Scientist in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, part of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, at MIT. Together with the other memb...
May 7 2012
Kadanoff "makes a Splash"
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Lorenz Center Professor Leo Kadanoff spent the last two weeks at MIT as the Lorenz Center's First Visiting Scientist and Spring 2012 Houghton Lecture speaker. He was hosted by Professor Daniel Rothman and Kerry Ema...
May 3 2012
New Postdoc Helen Hill Roger Summons' Group has a new postdoc
May 2 2012
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye... Helen Hill Postdocs Ben Ward and Pierre Rampal head to Europe/ Scandinavia
April 26 2012
Communicating the Climate Challenge Vicki Ekstrom, JPSPGC for MIT News Watch again as New York Times’ Andrew Revkin shares lessons with MIT faculty, students at PAOC co-sponsored Earth Day colloquium.
April 26 2012
Congratulations Dr. Horwitz PAOC congratulates newest doctoral grauate Rachel Horwitz
April 24 2012
Talkback 360 Visualizing Science: The Changing Arctic Ice MIT Museum - TechTV If you missed the recent arctic ice event at the MIT Museum, it's on techTV
April 23 2012
Grad Student Award Helen Hill Dan Chavas wins prize for best student paper
April 20 2012
Introducing Atmospheric Chemist Prof. Colette Heald
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Helen Hill Professor Colette Heald is interested in global atmospheric composition and chemistry, and interactions of these with the biosphere and climate system, including the study of both particles and gases ...
April 19 2012
Facing the facts about our changing climate Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Kerry Emanuel among participants in a Boston Globe panel in weighing climate risks and resolutions.
April 17 2012
Congratulations Dr. Lemkau PAOC congratulates newest doctoral grauate Karin Lemkau.
April 12 2012
Exploring Planets for Signs of Life P.R.I. Public Radio International & web.mit.edu/physics "Life metabolizes, life puts out gases, some of those gases are bio-signatures". Sara Seager on the search for extrasolar life.
April 10 2012
The Coldest March Heather Queyrouze, EAPS A review of last Friday's inaugural EAPS author night
April 10 2012
Teaching Award Helen Hill Lodovica Illari to receive Dean's Education and Advising Award
April 5 2012
Picture Power
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Helen Hill As scientists we sometimes struggle to communicate what we do: Diagrams can quickly get complicated, equations morph into a tangle of inky Greek. This week a new vizualisation is proving that the "rig...
April 1 2012
New membership co-ordinator Ed Halligan takes over from Roberta Allard as PAOC program co-ordinator.
March 30 2012
Perpetual Ocean Goes Viral MITgcm News MITgcm at the heart of compelling new ocean visualizations
March 22 2012
Weather in a Tank II - Water World
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Since 2001, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall have worked to make rotating fluid dynamics more intuitive for undergraduate students studying weather and climate, using a demonstration aptly named ...
March 21 2012
Water World Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Illari and Marshall's "Weather in a tank" demonstrations help students grasp fluid dynamics.
March 6 2012
Cureforcymophobia Joint Program chemical oceanograhy student Sarah Rosengard is currently blogging in the Indian Ocean
March 1 2012
Powerful Currents in Deep-Sea Gorges
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Rebecca Walsh Dell "On my first major research cruise, the ship was hit by a hurricane. On the second, the weather was even worse. In one particularly nasty storm, I remember standing braced on the ship's bridge late at...
February 28 2012
PAOC goes to Ocean Sciences Helen Hill This year the oceanographically inclined amongst us headed to Salt Lake City
February 28 2012
A climate window in the Southern Ocean Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office John Marshall and an updated circulation model revealing the Southern Ocean as a powerful influence on climate change
February 23 2012
A PAOC Goodbye. A PAOC Hello. Helen Hill Roberta Allard takes over as interim program coordinator as Beth MacEachran moves to CSAIL.
February 16 2012
Raf Ferrari named new Director of PAOC Kerry Emanuel, steps down to focus on Lorenz Center
February 13 2012
China’s pollution puts a dent in its economy Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change New study co-authored by Noelle Selin says despite improvements in air quality, the economic impact of air pollution has increased dramatically.
February 13 2012
‘Storm of the Century?’ Try ‘Storm of the Decade’ Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office New study co-authored by Ning Lin and Kerry Emanuel says knowing the frequency of storm surges may help urban and coastal planners design seawalls and other protective structures.
February 10 2012
Back to the Forest
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Helen Hill Micro-organisms have produced dramatic shifts in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and continue to be important drivers of ocean- and land-atmosphere exchanges of gases that have a strong infl...
February 6 2012
Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spills Karin Lemkau in WHOI's Oceanus Magazine MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Karin Lemkau asks if out of sight means into the air or into fish?
February 6 2012
Congratulations Prof. O'Gorman O'Gorman promoted to Associate Professor
February 1 2012
On the Trail of Mercury in the Ocean Kathleen Munson, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Grad student Kathleen Munson looks at where and how elemental mercury released from burning coal gets transformed into the toxic monomethylmercury that accumulates in fish?
January 31 2012
Congratulations Dr. Sepulveda Postdoc Julio Sepulveda earns School of Science award
January 30 2012
PAOC Fall Course 12.713 (new number)
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Course 12.713 "Numerical Ocean Modeling" is a new hands-on course for developing computational models of oceanic processes such as transport (advection, diffusion), mixing and reaction (ecosystems) th...
January 30 2012
PAOC Spring Course 12.S990
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The ability to quantify the uncertainty in our models of nature is fundamental to many inference problems in science and engineering. In this course, Ravela will lead a study of advanced methods to re...
January 26 2012
2011 Publication Review
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Helen Hill  This listing of papers authored by members of PAOC was created from the Expanded Science Citation Index which includes the following source publications. It does not include conference proceedin...
January 12 2012
Climate's Dusty Clues
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Helen Hill David McGee's general interest is paleoclimatology. More specifically, he focusses on reconstructing past changes in extratropical atmospheric circulation and hydrology. He explores this area through ...
January 3 2012
IAP 2012
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 For-credit offerings:12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting Lodovica Illari Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30, Feb. 1, 3; 1:30-3:00pm, 54-915Pre-register on WebSIS and attend fir...
December 29 2011
Introducing Atmospheric Chemist Prof. Susan Solomon
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Helen Hill   In this interview Prof. Solomon talks about her work and some of the things she is looking forward to at MIT. Susan Solomon is widely recognized as a leader in the field of atmospheri...
December 29 2011
December 16 2011
The Brit, his Computer and Prepping for a Greenhouse Whodunnit...
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Helen Hill   Get to know a little more about Researcher Matt Rigby and his work in this video interviewFor the past 4 years Matt Rigby, a member of the Prinn Group, has been a researcher in the Center ...
December 2 2011
Tracking an Elusive Chemical - Estrogens
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David Griffith, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Estrogens are a family of hormones that are essential for growth and development, and, notably, for determining whether you are a female or a male. Exposure to even small amounts of “extra” estrogen c...
November 23 2011
The Ocean's Tiny Chemists
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Kim Popendorf, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Marine microorganisms are the chemists of the ocean, continually cycling carbon and other chemicals via the routine biochemical reactions they use to live and grow. MIT-WHOI graduate student Kim Popen...
November 10 2011
Between the Beach and the Deep Blue Sea
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Rachel Horwitz, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Anything travelling from the shoreline to the ocean and vice versa - water, fish larvae, sand, pollutants - must go through the shallow inner shelf, which connects the beach to the deep ocean. Writing...
November 10 2011
The Office Next Door
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Peter Dizikes for MIT's Technology Review Casual conversations among colleagues can prove surprisingly fruitful. Exerpted from an article by Peter Dizikes in Technology Review entitled "The Office Next Door", Dizikes shines a light on the eth...