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February 21 2014
At the Lorenz Center, Water Unites Leaders in Climate Sciences
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT The first Lorenz Center scientific workshop, “Water in the Climate System,” was held February 10-12, 2014 at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts.Water has a lot of say in how Earth’s clima...
February 14 2014
A Brave New Ocean World
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT After 20 years of work, the new high-resolution virtual ocean, the MITgcm, is advancing science from theoretical fluid dynamics to marine ecology.“A picture’s worth a thousand words” is the first thin...
February 1 2014
Weathering the 2014 IAP
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Genevieve Wanucha It’s been a bone-chilling two weeks here in Cambridge during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), and thanks to Course 12.310 ‘An Introduction to Weather Forecasting,’ twenty new amateur forecas...
December 19 2013
Unlocking the Secrets of Starlight in the Search for Another Earth
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Genevieve Wanucha When a planet outside our Solar System, or exoplanet, is big enough and orbits tightly enough around a star that’s bright enough, it’s an astronomer’s dream. That’s because it’s possible to find that ...
November 24 2013
“Let’s Just Do Science:” The Origins of the Graduate Climate Conference
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT Sixteen graduate students in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have settled back to work after organizing and leading the 7th Graduate Climate Conference (GCC), which took place...
November 19 2013
New Oceans Faculty Positions Shine Spotlight on PAOC
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT September’s here, and classes in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have begun. Faculty, post docs, researchers, and graduate students continue to explore the ocean on computers,...
November 18 2013
“We Can and We Must:” Drew Shindell on Air Pollution and Climate Change Action
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Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT On Monday October 21, climatologist Drew Shindell came up from New York City’s NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to give the 13th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture, which filled n...
November 18 2013
The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun and Science on Jiminy Peak
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Genevieve Wanucha MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) oversees a broad program of education and research in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences in The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and P...
July 19 2013
How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event
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Helen Hill   How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’ group carried out a...
June 25 2013
A Woman, a Mountain, a Quest to Map Climate Change
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alum.mit.edu On a mountaintop in Rwanda, Katherine Potter is helping to put Africa on the climate change grid. She is Katherine Potter PhD ’11, the principal investigator for the new Rwanda Climate Observatory. Wo...
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...
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
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 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