PAOC Spotlights

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...

IAP 2011

PAOC members are offering two for-credit IAP classes in January...Among the for-credit classes offered are:12.312 - Understand and run your own Climate Model given by Paul O'GormanOverviews the fundam...

DEAPS 2010

The EAPS three-day exploration program in Extreme Weather and Climate showcases some of the most interesting and challenging aspects of weather and climate research.webite:http://web.mit.edu/deaps/wea...

Incense Cedars and Failed Expectations

How a childhood in the Sierra's helped prime one grad student for a life in the Earth Sciences... Read this recent article by PAOC grad student Andrew Barton (advisor: Mick Follows) at www.callofscien...

2010 Rossby Prize

This year's Rossby Award goes to Daniel Enderton for his PhD thesis "On the meridional heat transport and its partition between the atmosphere and oceans". Daniel studied climate dynamics in the Clima...

PAOC Undergraduate Courses: 12.003

12.003 (Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics) is an undergraduate class designed to introduce students to the physics that govern the circulation of the ocean and atmosphere with a focus on the proc...

Study sees changing intensity of storms from warming

PAOC's Paul O'Gorman suggests that hemispheres will respond to climate change differently...In a recent paper Understanding the varied response of extratropical storm tracks to climate change, in PNAS...

Cruising the Atlantic to trace elemental movements

Read about The Trace Metal Group's Fall 2010 North Atlantic cruise; part of the international GEOTRACES program to study trace elements and isotopes in the global ocean. To the right, grad. student Je...

In the search for Earthlike exoplanets, GJ 436b has much to tell us...

Professor Sara Seager and postdoctoral researcher Nikku Madhusudhan have recently completed the first detailed analysis of the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet revealing surprisingly low methane l...

3 Questions: Sara Seager on searching for Earth-like planets

PAOC planetary scientist discusses projects that aim to discover distant planets similar to our own, and what we can learn when we find them...Professor Sara Seager has been studying exoplanets — plan...

A Look Back in Time

By linking the odd geometry of bacterial growths to photosynthesis, researchers may have a new way to study Earth’s oldest fossils...About 85 percent of the history of life on Earth has been solely mi...

Mysteries at High Latitudes

Kjetil Våge, a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, was lead author of a new report showing the surprising return of convection in northern seas in the winter of 2007-8...Read about this 20...

OCCA: Mapping Observations in a Dynamical Framework

ECCO’s newest atlas uses MITgcm as a means of optimally synthesising data within the framework of a physically accurate general circulation model. By also limiting the time-period over which data was ...