PAOC Spotlights

Modeling Buoyant Surface Plumes

Prompted by the recent spill in the Gulf of Mexico, PAOC researchers Ross Tulloch, Chris Hill and Oliver Jahn have been computing the vulnerability of individual locations to remote buoyant surface pl...

What is PAOC?

What is PAOC? from Ryan Abernathey on Vimeo.Part 1 in a series of interviews with PAOC students and postdocs. Graduate student Ryan Abernathey starts by asking the question "So, what is PAOC?"...

3 Questions: Sara Seager on discovering a trove of new planets

NASA’s Kepler orbiting telescope has found hundreds of new possible planets, including 54 in the so-called 'habitable zone. Professor Sara Seager speaks to the MIT news office about recent exoplanetar...

PAOC's Spring Courses

Below is a listing of classes being offered in PAOC this Spring. For the full complement of courses offered in EAPS look here.    image source: Sean VosCourseTitleLecturer12.007Geo...

PAOC Spring Course 12.009

This course analyzes cooperative processes that shape the natural environment, now and in the geologic past. Emphasized will be the development of theoretical models that relate the physical and biolo...

Father of Chaos - The Life and Times of Ed Lorenz

 Speaker: MIT Professor Kerry A. Emanuel...

PAOC Spring Course 12.820

          12.820 "Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Oceans" is a course intended to present the phenomena, theory, and modeling of turbulence in the Ea...

PAOC Spring Course 12.867

12.867, Orbital Forcing in the Climate System, is a new graduate course exploring the phenomena of tidal and solar insolation (Milankovitch Theory) forcing in parallel, using one to illuminate the oth...

PAOC Spring Course: 12.307

12.307, "Weather and Climate Lab", is an undergraduate Institute Laboratory Course intended to illustrate, by means of 'hands on' projects, the basic dynamical and physical principles that govern the ...

PAOC Spring Course: 12.801

12.801 "The General Circulation of the Ocean" is offered each Spring by Prof. John Marshall. In this class the fundamental principles of geophysical fluid dynamics are applied to the ocean to understa...

What's the price of environmental policies?

In a report published in October by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change researchers aim to identify why proposals for climate-change legislation often have varying and wil...

Darwin Project Documentary

In this short documentary by MIT student Helen Hou, PAOC graduate students Andrew Barton and Sophie Clayton talk about the Darwin marine microbe project.The movie below shares how the Darwin Project i...

Got Weather?

          One way in which PAOC students share their meteorological expertise with the community is by serving as staff meteorologists for The Tech, M...

PAOC IAP Courses: 12.310

12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting is a for-credit, IAP course intended to introduce undergraduates to the basic principles of synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting.The course, taugh...

GFD Summer School, WHOI

Each summer since 1959 the GFD program at WHOI has organized an extended course of study and research for a small group of competitively selected graduate-student fellows with the goal of bringing tog...

Hurricanes’ effects on ocean temperature revisited

Mixing of ocean layers by tropical cyclones may have less effect on climate than previously thought, new research reveals: Most of the heat from the warm water that hurricanes mix deep into the oceans...

Happy Holidays From MIT

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Houghton Lecturer Late Fall 2010 - Lance Bosart, SUNY

The Houghton Lecturer for Late Fall 2010 was Lance Bosart  (University of Albany, NY) (visit dates Nov 8th - Nov 19th).Prof. Bosart's area of interest is broad including planetary-scale, synoptic...

PAOC IAP Courses: 12.312

NOT OFFERED JANUARY 2012The aim of 12.312 Understand and run your own climate model  is to introduce MIT undergraduates to the challenges of numerical modeling of a physical system, and, in parti...

3 Questions: Sara Seager on the discovery of a ‘new’ form of life

Yesterday, NASA announced the discovery of a bacterium that can grow on a diet of arsenic and thus doesn’t share the biological building blocks traditionally associated with all life forms. The discov...

Planet-in-a-Bottle

New work by Sai Ravela, John Marshall, Chris Hill and others combines a numerical analogue with observations of a fluid experiment in the physical laboratory, as part of an effort to demonstrate how t...

Food and Water

As the globe’s population increases and people become wealthier, agricultural production will need to likewise increase. But food systems may become more stressed because of a competition for water, a...

PAOC weather forecasting team wins second place in the 2009-2010 WxChallenge

This year PAOC's weather forecasting team won second place in the national collegiate weather forecasting competition, run by the University of Oklahoma. It was a close contest, but unfortunately we w...

Measuring Moisture

PAOC's Dara Entekhabi, leads an international NASA science team set to make the first-ever global observations of soil moisture from space...Soil moisture is of interest to scientists, weather forecas...

Trapped in Venice Flood

Rizzoli, professor of physical oceanography in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), was inspired by the plight of her hometown to devote her professional life to underst...