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January 10 2017
Study Finds More Extreme Storms Ahead for California
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office New technique predicts frequency of heavy precipitation with global warming.On Dec. 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with th...
January 10 2017
Short-Lived Greenhouse Gases Cause Centuries of Sea-Level Rise
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Through warming effects, methane and other gases impact rising seas long after leaving the atmosphere.Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmos...
January 2 2017
Students, Academics, and Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Tackle the Future of Water Utilities
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Fifth annual MIT Water Summit brings together interdisciplinary panelists to give multiple perspectives on major issues surrounding the water sector.Read this story in MIT News.Turn on the faucet and ...
December 19 2016
New study sets oxygen-breathing limit for ocean’s hardiest organisms
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Bacteria can survive in marine environments that are almost completely starved of oxygen. Around the world, wide swaths of open ocean are nearly depleted of oxygen. Not quite dead zones, they are...
December 10 2016
The World Sees Me as the One Who Will Find Another Earth
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Lauren Hinkel In an in-depth piece for The New York Times Magazine, writer Chris Jones spotlights MIT Prof. and astrophysicist Sara Seager’s journey in searching for an Earthlike exoplanet. Jones writes t...
November 28 2016
Climate Models May Be Overestimating the Cooling Effect of Wildfire Aerosols
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Accounting for year-to-year variability enables more accurate projections of climate change and its impactsWhether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or pe...
November 23 2016
Saharan Dust in the Wind
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Scientists find huge reduction in African dust plume led to more Saharan monsoons 11,000 years ago.Read this story in MIT News.Every year, trade winds over the Sahara Desert sweep up huge plumes of mi...
November 18 2016
Living in the Future
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Lauren Hinkel Scientists from MIT and Boston University explore how well early science fiction in movies were able to predict today's technological advances and the culture around which it's based.Since the early d...
November 11 2016
Big Ice, Big Science
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Lauren Hinkel Richard Alley delivers the 2016 Carlson Lecture on the physics of glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and Boston and how ice sheets capture a history of the world’s climate.Two-miles thick and a contin...
November 1 2016
Forecasting the Head of the Charles
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Helen Hill | EAPS News Not the winners: The weather! For the third year in a row, Costa Christopoulos '17 provides local, fine-scale weather forecasting support for this beloved annual, international, two-day regatta on the...
October 25 2016
Fall 2016 in PAOC
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Lauren Hinkel With the semester in full swing, PAOC members are enjoying several new, engaging and fun events happening in the department.  The PAOC Retreat (9/30 – 10/2/16) The weekend of September 30th ...
October 25 2016
2015 & 2016 Rossby Awards Announced
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Lauren Hinkel Jill McDermott '15 and Joern Callies '16 have been awarded the Rossby Prize for their respective theses.Remembered as one of the major figures in the founding of the modern dynamical study of the atmo...
October 25 2016
Discovering Extreme Weather
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Lauren Hinkel Incoming freshmen experience life in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheres and Planetary Sciences through weather and climate experiments and a hike up Mt. Washington during the 2016 Discovering EAPS...
October 20 2016
The 2016 PAOC Retreat: Ocean Edge in Brewster, MA
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Lauren Hinkel

This year’s PAOC retreat to Ocean Edge’s seaside resort in Brewster, MA gave attendees a chance to socialize and relax before the semester’s events began to pick up. Scheduled over the weekend of...

September 28 2016
Ferrari Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Oceanography
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Lauren Hinkel Raffaele Ferrari, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, has been selected to receive the 2016 Robert L. and ...
September 21 2016
3Q: Kerry Emanuel on a “Parexit” and the serious risks of climate change
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Sarah McDonnell | MIT News Office In open letter, 375 National Academy of Sciences members warn against opting out of Paris Agreement.This May, in a speech at an oil and natural gas conference in North Dakota, Republican presidential ...
September 14 2016
The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA
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 This year’s PAOC retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains surrounding Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, MA gave attendees wonderful opportunities to befriend new colleagues, learn about new res...
September 14 2016
How Might a Steep Decline in Aerosols Impact the Climate?
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change EAPS PhD student Daniel Rothenberg targets one of climate modeling’s biggest unknowns.Air pollution from power plants, internal combustion engines and other artificial sources impacts not only human h...
September 14 2016
Computing the Ocean’s True Colors
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Stephanie Dutkiewicz’ phytoplankton models project the future of the ocean as food source and carbon sink.When she was 17, Stephanie Dutkiewicz set sail from her native South Africa to the Caribbean i...
September 13 2016
The 2014 PAOC Retreat: Cape Codder Resort, 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 13 2016
The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun & Science on Jiminy Peak
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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...

September 12 2016
The 2010 PAOC Retreat: Ogunquit, ME
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Around the beginning of each academic year, members of PAOC attend a weekend retreat for science, recreation, and relaxation. Generously subsidized by the Houghton Fund, the retreat is free of charge ...
September 12 2016
The 2009 PAOC Retreat: Stratton Mountain, VT
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The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2008 PAOC R...
September 12 2016
The 2008 PAOC Retreat: Cape Cod, MA
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The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2008 PAOC R...
September 12 2016
The 2007 PAOC Retreat: Waterville Valley, NH
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The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2005 PAOC Retreat took...
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.
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