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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...
November 15 2012
2nd Annual Carlson Lecture
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Predicting Climate in a Chaotic World: How Certain Can We Be? NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM, NOVember 1, 2012This year's John Carlson Lecture was given by Royal Society Professor of Climate Physics at UK...
November 13 2012
Clearing the Air
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Jennifer Chu for MIT News  Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.Read more at MIT News...
October 24 2012
Greenland Melting? Three Questions with Patrick Heimbach
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Oceans at MIT The surface of Greenland’s interior ice sheet experienced a period of extreme melting for several days during July, 2012. Oceans at MIT sat down with Patrick Heimbach, to discuss the ice melt event.Re...
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
April 10 2012
Teaching Award Helen Hill Lodovica Illari to receive Dean's Education and Advising Award
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 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
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 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 23 2012
Mercury and the Environment Vicki Ekstrom, JPSPGC Noelle Selin speaks about the EPA's recent Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
January 17 2012
The Cost of Tropical Cyclones Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office A new paper, co-authored by Kerry Emanuel, finds climate change could expose North America, East Asia and the Caribbean to costly climate damage.
January 14 2012
Congratulations Dr. Gibbons PAOC congratulates newest doctoral graduate Fern Tolley Gibbons
January 11 2012
Who's Who? Who's New? Helen Hill A PAOC g'day to new postdoc Michael Bates