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September 7 2016
Study finds increased ocean acidification due to human activities
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office More anthropogenic carbon in the northeast Pacific means weaker shells for many marine species.Oceanographers from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution report that the northeast Pacific Ocean ...
September 6 2016
Back to School 2016
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Education Office MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences welcomes 26 new graduate students. Three students join the Program in Geophysics, 13 join the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Clim...
September 2 2016
Introducing New Faculty: Prof. Tim Cronin
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Helen Hill Prof. Tim Cronin is interested in lots of different subjects related to climate, especially idealized modeling of the atmosphere and atmosphere-land system with single-column and limited-area models. ...
August 16 2016
New technique may help detect Martian life
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office A novel interpretation of Raman spectra will help the 2020 Mars rover select rocks to study for signs of life.In 2020, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover that will be tasked with probing a region o...
July 27 2016
Third Annual Meeting of the Ozone and Climate Project
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Lauren Hinkel On June 7-8th, 2016, oceanographers, marine biogeochemists, atmospheric scientists and climatologists from across the world converged on MIT for the third annual meeting of the Ozone and Climate Proje...
July 19 2016
First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets reveals rocky worlds
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Two potentially habitable planets in nearby system are confirmed to be rocky.On May 2, scientists from MIT, the University of Liège, and elsewhere announced they had discovered a planetary system, a m...
July 10 2016
2015 PAOC Retreat
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July 8 2016
Gauging the impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change New approach tracks key factors affecting crop yields, enabling early adaptation. To assess the likely impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture, researchers typically run a combination of climate ...
June 30 2016
Scientists observe first signs of healing in the Antarctic ozone layer
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office September ozone hole has shrunk by 4 million square kilometers since 2000.Read this story at MIT News.Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarct...
June 28 2016
Celebrating the Peter H. Stone and Paola Malanotte Stone Professorship
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Helen Hill | EAPS Faculty, administrators, and guests gather to mark the endowment of a new professorship in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Read this story at MIT NewsOn the evening o...
June 24 2016
Regulating Particulate Pollution: Novel Analysis Yields New Insights
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Nancy W. Stauffer | MITEI MIT researchers demonstrate new approach to designing location-specific emissions-control measures. Read this story at MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)OverviewAn MIT analysis of how best to reduce f...
June 15 2016
The Value of Community Engagement with Climate Science
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Lauren Hinkel

Outreach by climate scientists helps develop a society equipped to address one of humanity's greatest challenges: climate change.***“What is that?!” a young boy exclaims, pointing to a projection of w...

June 13 2016
Solving the Mystery of the Antarctic’s Missing Heat
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Lauren Hinkel Around the globe, ocean surface temperatures have been rising due to global warming, but the seas around Antarctica haven’t changed much. Now, researchers may have discovered why.The world’s oceans ha...
May 18 2016
J-WAFS Awards $1.3 Million in Second Round of Seed Grant Funding
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Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab Principal investigators will receive grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to two years for innovative research on food and water challenges.The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab...
May 18 2016
Study Pinpoints Timing of Oxygen’s First Appearance in Earth’s Atmosphere
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Beginning 2.33 billion years ago, atmospheric oxygen built up in just 10 million years. ***Today, 21 percent of the air we breathe is made up of molecular oxygen. But this gas was not always in such a...
May 17 2016
SustainabilityConnect 2016 Brings MIT Together Around Big Ideas for Campus and the Globe
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Robyn Fizz | Information Systems and Technology Second-annual conference looks at MIT’s progress toward sustainability goals, and what remains to be done.***SustainabilityConnect 2016, the second annual conference sponsored by MIT’s Office of Susta...
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...
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.
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