PAOC Spotlights

Norman A. Phillips, former meteorology department head, dies at 95

A pioneer in theoretical meteorology, Phillips demonstrated that numerical models could predict the weather and developed the first general circulation model of Earth’s climate.

Tropical Pacific is the major player in global ocean heat transport

A recent study authored by Gael Forget demonstrates the overwhelming predominance of the tropical Pacific on global ocean heat transport.

Celebrating Graduate Women of Excellence

EAPS graduate students Christina Hernandez, Gabriela Serrato Marks, and Maya Stokes honored for their leadership, contributions to the institute, and outstanding accomplishment.

Study: For Low-Income Countries, Climate Action Pays Off by 2050

Economic benefits of mitigation arrive much sooner than previously thought.

Tracking Radium in the Arctic

A conversation with Jessica Dabrowski, second-year graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, who recently travelled to the Arctic to study the impact of climate change.

A Steward for Ocean Research and Climate Health

Raffaele Ferrari honored with School of Science Ally of Nature Fund Award.

TESS Discovers its First Earth-Sized Planet

Orbiting a nearby star, the new planet is the smallest identified so far by the TESS mission.

Earliest Life may have Arisen in Ponds, not Oceans

Study finds shallow bodies of water were probably more suitable for Earth’s first life forms.

In Exchange of Ideas

The MIT-Imperial Academic Exchange offers undergraduates like Matthew Cotton a chance to expand their cultural and scientific interests.

Podcast: Kerry Emanuel on the science of hurricanes

Scientists predict that hurricanes will hit us harder in the future—but why? Kerry Emanuel breaks down the science in this episode of #TILclimate.

Lighting up Exoplanets

The Heising-Simons Foundation selects Clara Sousa-Silva and Benjamin Rackham for 51 Pegasi b Fellowships at MIT.

Babbin, Rothman, Bosak, and Woosley Awarded mTerra Catalyst Funding

PAOC members forge new pathways in oceanic and atmospheric research.

Leading The Way

In honor of Women’s History Month, three prominent female scientists who made departmental history.

The Seafaring Scientist

In his 20s, Janni Yuval sailed across the Pacific. Today, his research focuses on using data-driven approaches to build better, ‘smarter’ climate models.

Podcast: Dan Cziczo on the complexity of cloud formation

Dan Cziczo talks to #TILClimate on how humans have changed clouds, from where they form to how much precipitation they produce.

MIT Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing

The Apollo 50+50 symposium, featuring former astronauts and current PAOC members, examined a historic program’s legacy.

Remembering Wallace Broecker

Associate Professor David McGee recounts his time with Wally Broecker, a climate science giant who passed away in February.

Machine Learning Identifies Links Between World’s Oceans

Postdoc Maike Sonnewald adapted a method that identifies areas of the global ocean with similar physics, revealing global dynamical regimes.

Nautical Day at the MIT Museum

PAOC members illustrated the sweeter side of ocean modeling at the MIT Museum's 2019 Nautical Day.

Remembering Walter Munk

Carl Wunsch and Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli recount their time with Walter Munk, one of the most respected oceanographers of the 21st century, who passed away this month at the age of 101.

Climate Change Makes Summer Weather Stormier Yet More Stagnant

Study finds rising temperatures feed more energy to thunderstorms, less to general circulation.

Tuning the Model

Meghana Ranganathan uses math and machine learning to improve how climate predictions are made.

Radiation Beneath Our Feet

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Jessica Dabrowski uses naturally-occurring radioactive isotopes to study climate change in the Arctic.

Study: Much of the Surface Ocean Will Shift in Color by End of 21st Century

Climate-driven changes in phytoplankton communities will intensify the blue and green regions of the world’s oceans.

From the Marines to MIT

EAPS Assistant Professor Brent Minchew has flown presidents and foreign dignitaries on Marine One. Today, he leads Glaciers at MIT, where he searches for clues on how ice sheets evolve and respond to changing climate.