PAOC Spotlights

The Sticky Intertropical Convergence Zone

Ocean circulation coupled to changes in trade winds efficiently damps ITCZ movement to transport heat across the equator.

Indian Monsoons Have Strengthened Over Past 15 Years

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come.

Understanding Climate Change’s Ground Zero

Study highlights need to improve modeling of carbon-rich Northern Eurasia

Susan Solomon Honored for her Contributions to Atmospheric Science

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies Susan Solomon to receive the Royal Society's 2018 Bakerian Medal and give the Bakerian Lecture.

Climate Change to Deplete Some US Water Basins, Reduce Irrigated Crop Yields

By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report.

Rising Temperatures are Curbing Ocean’s Capacity to Store Carbon

Study finds large amounts of carbon dioxide, equivalent to yearly U.K. emissions, remain in surface waters.

de Wit Named Innovators Under 35 -- 2017 Innovator of the Year, Belgium

Innovators Under 35, also known as TR35, is an annual list published by MIT Technology Review magazine, naming the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35.

Pauline Morrow Austin: Radar & Weather Maven

 Pauline Morrow Austin (PhD '42) joined MIT's Weather Radar Research Project at its inception in 1946 and went on to direct the project from 1956-1979. Her pioneering work to interpret weather radar echoes laid the foundation for modern radar...

MIT-NASA Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge

New MIT-NASA research using models of Atlantic circulation finds that the ocean absorbs atmospheric gases more easily than heat energy, and the slowing circulation that results, reduces its ability to absorb both.

2017 Senior Thesis Presentations

Each year, graduating seniors majoring in EAPS present a thesis in completion of their Bachelor of Science Degree. This year, EAPS had a class of 8 students specializing in areas across the earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, 5 of whom were...

Measuring Biological Dust in the Wind

A new technique developed in the Cziczo Lab may be the most accurate way of identifying biological aerosols from mineral dust in the atmosphere, constraining their contribution to cloud formation and climate change.

MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017.

An Ocean of Curiosity

MIT oceanographers explore Earth’s seas with the Boston community for the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum.

Happy 100th Birthday to the Father of Chaos

Today, May 23rd, Edward N. Lorenz, longtime professor of meteorology at MIT, would have turned 100. Widely recognized as the father of the modern theory of chaos, he profoundly altered the way we view the natural world.

Kepler Telescope Spies Details of TRAPPIST-1 System's Outermost Planet

A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers, among them Julien de Wit from PAOC in Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confir...

Varied Increases in Extreme Rainfall with Global Warming

Intensification of extreme rainfall varies from region to region, study shows.

Noelle Selin Awarded Tenure

Congratulations to Noelle Selin, EAPS and IDSS professor and PAOC member, for her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure by the Executive Committee of the Corporation.

3Q: Refocusing Climate Research in a New Era

A new perspective from climate researchers argues that there are three key questions that should frame future climate research.

Leshner Leadership Fellow Noelle Selin Catalyzes Dialogue with Public, Policymakers

MIT researcher helps bring scientific evidence into public decision-making

New Potentially Habitable Planet Discovered

Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Identified as New Target for Atmospheric Study.

MIT Quarter Century Club Welcomes New Members for 2017

Class includes 99 new members from both the Cambridge campus and Lincoln Laboratory among them are PAOC's Michael Follows, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall.

Kerry Emanuel Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Kerry A. Emanuel, the EAPS Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, joins the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic,...

Stream Network Geometry Correlates with Climate

Work by Prof. Daniel H. Rothman and the MIT Lorenz Center's Hansjörg Seybold show that a "big data" analysis of nearly 1 million river junctions in the contiguous United States shows that branching angles in dendritic drainages vary systemati...