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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 ...
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...
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.
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