PAOC Spotlights

Looking to the past to prepare for an uncertain future

Using sand and rock, MIT senior Aviva Intveld tells stories of ancient climates.

A healthy wind

Health benefits of using wind energy instead of fossil fuels could quadruple if the most polluting power plants are selected for dialing down, new study finds.

Earth can regulate its own temperature over millennia, new study finds

Scientists have confirmed that a “stabilizing feedback” on 100,000-year timescales keeps global temperatures in check.

Coordinating climate and air-quality polices to improve public health

New MIT tool pinpoints policy combinations that maximize health benefits.

Small eddies play a big role in feeding ocean microbes

Swirling waters replenish nutrients in open ocean, a new study finds, and could mitigate some climate change effects.

Ferrari named 2022 AGU Ocean Sciences Harald Sverdrup Lecture recipient

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography Raffaele Ferrari has been named the 2022 Harald Sverdrup Lecture Recipient by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

3 Questions: O'Gorman awarded the 2023 Haurwitz Lectureship by the American Meteorological Society

The lectureship recognizes outstanding mid-career scientists who have made “significant contributions to the understanding of atmospheric and ocean fluid dynamics, the circulation of the middle atmosphere, or the dynamics of climate”.

Kerry Emanuel: A climate scientist and meteorologist in the eye of the storm

With over 200 published papers, multiple books, and countless media appearances, Emanuel’s 41 years at MIT have been marked by influential research into hurricane formation and climate change outreach.

MIT-WHOI Joint Program announces new leadership

Ed Boyle to step down as director; Mick Follows will take over the directorship in July.

Commencement 2022 - Meet the EAPS Senior Class

Each year, graduating seniors majoring in EAPS present a thesis in completion of their Bachelor of Science Degree. This year we had a class of seven students specializing in areas across the Earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences. We asked them ab...

Commencement 2022 - Congratulations to All EAPS Graduates

For a showcase of the breadth and depth of areas we study, read on to learn about our students who earned degrees during the 2021-2022 academic year, and their thesis topics.

MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium announces recipients of inaugural MCSC Seed Awards

Twenty winning projects, including one led by Earth, Atmopsheric and Planetary Science (EAPS) Prinicpal Research Engineer Chris Hill, will link industry member priorities with research groups across campus to develop scalable climate solutions.

MIT team wins 2022 weather forecasting competition

The victory marks the first win for MIT in over a decade.

Looking forward to forecast the risks of a changing climate

To better inform local policy in the face of changing weather extremes, MIT researchers seek to advance the modeling of long-term weather risks.

Computing our climate future

To put global climate modeling at the fingertips of local decision-makers, some scientists think it’s time to rethink the system from scratch.

Q&A: Climate Grand Challenges finalists on using data and science to forecast climate-related risk

Faculty leaders highlight innovations that can close longstanding knowledge gaps and reimagine how the world responds to the climate crisis.

Ocean vital signs

MIT scientists hope to deploy a fleet of drones to get a better sense of how much carbon the ocean is absorbing, and how much more it can take.

Setting carbon management in stone

When it comes to carbon storage, some MIT scientists think the best solution is to find the fastest way to turn carbon into rock.

Microbes and minerals may have set off Earth’s oxygenation

Scientists propose a new mechanism by which oxygen may have first built up in the atmosphere.

Tim Cronin promoted to Associate Professor

The Executive Committee of the Corporation has approved the promotion of Tim Cronin to Associate Professor Without Tenure effective July 1, 2022.

Study reveals chemical link between wildfire smoke and ozone depletion

If wildfires become larger and more frequent, they might stall ozone recovery for years.

MIT Climate Grand Challenges: Ice Sheets and Sea-Level Prediction

Geophysicist Brent Minchew leads two proposals to better understand glacial physics and predict sea-level rise as part of MIT's effort to tackle complex, unsolved problems of climate change.

A systems level approach to biogeography

A new CBIOMES paper presents, for the first time, an interpretation of observed, strain-level, basin-scale biogeography using genome-scale modeling of cellular metabolism, physiology, and fitness.

Venice in Boston

A new Museum of Science exhibit on sea level rise features input from oceanographer Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli about her work on the Venetian Lagoon’s MOSE barrier project.