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May 13 2016
When Searching for Habitable Exoplanets, Think Smaller Stars
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Lauren Hinkel A new planetary survey may have yielded our best chance for finding an Earth-like world yet.***The search for habitable, Earth-like worlds is one of the holy grails for astronomers. Worldwide, over 50...
May 6 2016
New Antarctic Ice Sheet Physics Could Explain Ancient Sea Levels and Predict Future Ones
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Lauren Hinkel A novel glacial model including "ice cliff collapse" may explain sea level rise seen during the Pliocene and forecast glacial melt's potential contribution to future sea levels.A significant portion o...
May 3 2016
EAPS Dives into the Pale Blue Dot at the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival
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Lauren Hinkel MIT engages the Boston community in ocean and climate science.***For MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), every day is Earth Day. But on April 22nd, 2016, they were ex...
April 28 2016
There’s Something in the Air
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Colette Heald studies atmospheric gases and particles, and how they affect air quality and climate.***Winds that blow across the Sahara desert in North Africa pick up particles of soil and sand, and t...
April 14 2016
Southern Ocean Cooling in a Warming World
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Lauren Hinkel A new MIT study suggests that ozone hole behavior over the Southern Ocean might account for regional cooling trends.***Around the world, scientists are observing evidence of climate change—record high...
March 8 2016
PAOC Welcomes New Faculty Member
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Cassie Martin Earlier this week, EAPS announced that marine biogeochemist Andrew Babbin will join the department in January 2017 as an Associate Professor in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate.Cur...
March 5 2016
Research Takes Center Stage at MIT Climate Conference
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Cassie Martin At MIT on Climate=Science + Action, speakers examined what we know, what’s left to learn, and the diverse climate-related research happening throughout the institute.***Days after news broke that NASA...
January 28 2016
Going the Extra Kilometer
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Helen Hill Among the 14 recipients of the MIT School of Science 2016 Infinite Kilometer award was EAPS Principal Research Scientist Sai Ravela.The MIT School of Science recently announced the 2016 winners of its...
January 28 2016
John Marshall Receives AMS Haurwitz Prize
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Cassie Martin John Marshall, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography, recently accepted the American Meteorological Society’s 2016 Haurwitz Prize for his “seminal contributions to atmospheric, oceanic, an...
January 22 2016
Kerry Emanuel Honored by AGU
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Cassie Martin Kerry Emanuel, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Meteorology at MIT, recently gave the 2015 Bjerknes Lecture at the annual American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, California. The AG...
January 21 2016
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January 19 2016
MIT on Climate, Science, and Action
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Cassie Martin On January 27, leading researchers from across MIT will come together to discuss one of the most pressing issues of our time—climate change. For decades, MIT scientists have been and continue to ...
December 17 2015
At COP21, Finding Hope for Climate in the Aerocene
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Cassie Martin Artist Tomás Saraceno and MIT scientists join forces to confront climate crisis at UN conference.***It’s a brisk afternoon in Paris, and sunlight streams through the glass and steel ceiling of the Gra...
November 24 2015
PAOC Puts the Science in Science Policy
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Cassie Martin Earlier this year, graduate students and faculty from MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate traveled to our nation’s capital on a mission to build relationships with policymakers on both s...
November 16 2015
Capturing an Underwater World
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Cassie Martin Underwater photographer and MIT CAST visiting artist Keith Ellenbogen is developing new technology and sharing his passion for underwater conservation photography with students in an upcoming IAP cour...
October 28 2015
Shifting Climates, Shifting Landscapes
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Cassie Martin A new landslide prediction model from Dino Bellugi, Taylor Perron, and Paul O’Gorman could help communities prepare for disaster in the face of changing climate.***Taylor Perron has seen the aftermath...
October 28 2015
Cloud Watching
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Cassie Martin Bjorn Stevens, director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, describes how atmospheric water contributes to climate change at the 2015 John Carlson Lecture.***Two parts hydrogen, one part oxyg...
October 11 2015
The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak
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Cassie Martin  This year’s PAOC retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains surrounding Jiminy Peak Resort gave attendees wonderful opportunities to befriend new colleagues, learn about new research, and enjo...
September 17 2015
New Students Discover EAPS through Extreme Weather and Climate
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Cassie Martin Before the new semester began, incoming freshmen joined EAPS for a 5-day exploration of extreme weather and climate.***Every year, MIT welcomes incoming freshmen with FPOP—a pre-orientation program ai...
August 22 2015
Life on Mars Time
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Cassie Martin Humans may one day live on Mars, but how will we adjust to the time change, and how will our new environment redefine our concept of time? Graduate student and artist Sara Morawetz teamed up with NASA...
July 14 2015
Susan Solomon on Lessons from the Ozone Hole
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Cassie Martin MIT Atmospheric Chemist Susan Solomon recounts how scientists, world governments, and the public worked together to stop the ozone hole from growing, and what we can learn from those actions that coul...
July 6 2015
For the Love of Physics: From Oceans to Other Planets
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Cassie Martin MIT Oceanographer Glenn Flierl’s passion lies in understanding the physics that shape life as we know it on Earth and other planets.***Much like the ocean currents he studies, MIT Oceanographer G...
June 10 2015
Middle School Students Pay PAOC a Visit
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Cassie Martin A group of students from Weston Middle School recently visited EAPS to learn about the atmosphere, weather, and oceans.***Recent sunny days and warm temperatures signal the beginning of summer and the...
May 23 2015
Uncovering Diversity in an Invisible Ocean World
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Cassie Martin Tara Oceans, an international consortium of researchers that explored the world’s oceans in hopes of learning more about one of its smallest inhabitants, reported their initial findings this week in a...
May 23 2015
Study: Ocean Currents Change with Seasons
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Cassie Martin The strength of ocean currents change with the seasons, which have implications for both ocean life and climate according to a new MIT study.***As the seasons change, so too does the strength of ocean...
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
January 11 2013
The Global Warming Conundrum: Greenhouse Gases vs. Aerosols Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT There’s a tricky chemical trade-off at work in our skies. As greenhouse gases provide their famous warming effect to Earth’s surface, aerosol pollution in the atmosphere actually partly counteracts it.
January 10 2013
Reducing the Risks of Mercury Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Noelle Selin, along with a team of ten MIT graduate students, will present scientific results to negotiators in Geneva next week.
December 21 2012
Congratulations Dr. Dutkiewicz Center for Global Change Science Stephanie Dutkiewisz is promoted to PRS
December 20 2012
Freedom to Try the Untested Genevieve Wanucha for Oceans at MIT More about the Moore Foundations recent microbiology award
December 6 2012
A New 'Branch' of Math Jennifer Chu for MIT News Dan Rothman and his group find a common angle and tipping point of branching river valley networks.
December 6 2012
Marine Microbiology Award MIT News Office Mick Follows receives award to pursue high-risk research in marine microbial ecology.
November 29 2012
Pike Thackray takes the Prize Helen Hill Grad student Colin Pike Thackray is project winner of this year's Quantifying Uncertainty class, 12.S990 led by Sai Ravela.
November 7 2012
New method could help communities plan for climate risk Vicki Ekstrom, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Adam Schlosser and co-workers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on local infrastructure and planning.
November 5 2012
Clearing the Air Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.
November 2 2012
Sitting still or going hunting: Which works better? David L. Chandler, MIT News Office Former Ferrari Group postdoc John Taylor (now a University Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK) worked with Roman Stocker (CEE) in this study showing if you’re a microbe floating in the ocean, there’s no single best strategy for getting food.
October 31 2012
Was Hurricane Sandy Caused by Climate Change? Here and Now, WBUR Whenever there’s an extreme weather event, from a hurricane to a record drought, the question always arises: Is it climate change? Kerry Emanuel told NPR's Here & Now program that it’s hard to know for sure, but it is clear that as coastal waters warm up, storms will carry more rain, due to the added water vapor.
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 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.