PAOC Spotlights

The 2008 PAOC Retreat: Cape Cod, MA

The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2008 PAOC R...

The 2007 PAOC Retreat: Waterville Valley, NH

The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2005 PAOC Retreat took...

The 2006 PAOC Retreat: Mount Snow, Vermont

The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2006 PAOC R...

The 2005 PAOC Retreat: Provincetown

The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2005 PAOC R...

The 2004 PAOC Retreat: Waterville Valley, NH

The faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2004 PAOC Retreat took...

The 2003 PAOC Retreat: Yarmouth, MA

Each year, the faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2003 PAOC...

The 2002 PAOC Retreat: Provincetown, MA

The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2001 PAOC ...

The 2001 PAOC Retreat: Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Each year the faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin with a retreat generously supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2001 PAOC ...

Study finds increased ocean acidification due to human activities

More anthropogenic carbon in the northeast Pacific means weaker shells for many marine species.Oceanographers from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution report that the northeast Pacific Ocean ...

Back to School 2016

MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences welcomes 26 new graduate students. Three students join the Program in Geophysics, 13 join the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Clim...

Introducing New Faculty: Prof. Tim Cronin

Prof. Tim Cronin is interested in lots of different subjects related to climate, especially idealized modeling of the atmosphere and atmosphere-land system with single-column and limited-area models. ...

New technique may help detect Martian life

A novel interpretation of Raman spectra will help the 2020 Mars rover select rocks to study for signs of life.In 2020, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover that will be tasked with probing a region o...

Third Annual Meeting of the Ozone and Climate Project

On June 7-8th, 2016, oceanographers, marine biogeochemists, atmospheric scientists and climatologists from across the world converged on MIT for the third annual meeting of the Ozone and Climate Proje...

First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets reveals rocky worlds

Two potentially habitable planets in nearby system are confirmed to be rocky.On May 2, scientists from MIT, the University of Liège, and elsewhere announced they had discovered a planetary system, a m...

2015 PAOC Retreat

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Gauging the impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture

New approach tracks key factors affecting crop yields, enabling early adaptation. To assess the likely impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture, researchers typically run a combination of climate ...

Scientists observe first signs of healing in the Antarctic ozone layer

September ozone hole has shrunk by 4 million square kilometers since 2000.Read this story at MIT News.Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarct...

Celebrating the Peter H. Stone and Paola Malanotte Stone Professorship

Faculty, administrators, and guests gather to mark the endowment of a new professorship in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Read this story at MIT NewsOn the evening o...

Regulating Particulate Pollution: Novel Analysis Yields New Insights

MIT researchers demonstrate new approach to designing location-specific emissions-control measures. Read this story at MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)OverviewAn MIT analysis of how best to reduce f...

The Value of Community Engagement with Climate Science

Outreach by climate scientists helps develop a society equipped to address one of humanity's greatest challenges: climate change.***“What is that?!” a young boy exclaims, pointing to a projection of w...

Solving the Mystery of the Antarctic’s Missing Heat

Around the globe, ocean surface temperatures have been rising due to global warming, but the seas around Antarctica haven’t changed much. Now, researchers may have discovered why.The world’s oceans ha...

J-WAFS Awards $1.3 Million in Second Round of Seed Grant Funding

Principal investigators will receive grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to two years for innovative research on food and water challenges.The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab...

Study Pinpoints Timing of Oxygen’s First Appearance in Earth’s Atmosphere

Beginning 2.33 billion years ago, atmospheric oxygen built up in just 10 million years. ***Today, 21 percent of the air we breathe is made up of molecular oxygen. But this gas was not always in such a...

SustainabilityConnect 2016 Brings MIT Together Around Big Ideas for Campus and the Globe

Second-annual conference looks at MIT’s progress toward sustainability goals, and what remains to be done.***SustainabilityConnect 2016, the second annual conference sponsored by MIT’s Office of Susta...

When Searching for Habitable Exoplanets, Think Smaller Stars

A new planetary survey may have yielded our best chance for finding an Earth-like world yet.***The search for habitable, Earth-like worlds is one of the holy grails for astronomers. Worldwide, over 50...