PAOC Spotlights

A Primer on Understanding Climate Science

MIT professor Kerry Emanuel explains the science behind climate change as well as the associated risks

School of Science Welcomes Three New Professors This Spring

This spring, the MIT School of Science welcomes three new professors including geophysicist Brent Minchew to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

Nicholas Hawco PhD ’17 Receives the 2017 Rossby Award

The award is given for the best PhD thesis done the preceding year within PAOC.

Who's Who? Who's New?

A chance to catch up with recent comings and going in EAPS.

New Year Award News

A New Year's round-up of award and honor news.

Cleaner Air, Longer Lives

Research shows the Clean Air Act was likely responsible for a dramatic decline in atmospheric organic aerosol.

Terrascope Mission 2021: Addressing the Global Threat of Climate Change

Mission: Prepare the world for climate change, specifically Cambridge, MA and southern Bangladesh.

Water Resource Risks: Integrated Approaches to Support Actions

MIT Joint Program workshop highlights pathways toward sustainable water resources

A More Diverse Role for Diatoms

A review article involving Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Oliver Jahn suggests the diatoms have more diverse roles in carbon cycling than previously understood.

Fellowships Save the Day!

This academic year, thanks entirely to the generosity of past and present alumni and friends, we are proud to be supporting 18 graduate students on EAPS fellowships.

Preventing the Next Blackout

MIT study projects potential impact of climate change on large power transformers in U.S. Northeast.

Texas’ Odds of Harvey-scale Rainfall to Increase by End of Century

Study finds state’s annual risk of extreme rainfall will rise from 1 to 18 percent.

Visualizing Climate Science at HUBweek

Art and augmented reality brings MIT – For a Better World to life

A Brief History of Environmental Successes

This year, the Lorenz Center invited Susan Solomon to give the 7th annual John Carlson Lecture at the New England Aquarium on October 26th, 2017. Professor Solomon talked about past environmental challenges that were successfully overcome and how cli...

First Year Students Discover EAPS through Extreme Weather and Climate

Before the start of the semester, fourteen incoming first year students joined researchers and students from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) for a five-day exploration of extreme weather and climate.

Noelle Selin: Tracing Toxins Around the World

Atmospheric chemist takes on pollutants and the global treaties written to control them.

48-Million-Year-Old Wax Discovered in a Bird Fossil

Expert analysis of fossil organic molecules by researchers in the Summons Lab provides palaeontologists with important new insight into how animal soft tissues fossilize and the importance of fats, or lipids, in that process.

The 2017 PAOC Retreat: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort

Near the beginning of each academic year, members of PAOC attend a weekend retreat for science, recreation, and relaxation, generously subsidized by the Houghton Fund.

Little Growth Observed in India's Methane Emissions

New study in Nature Communications finds little growth in India's methane emissions. EAPS Professor Ronald Prinn, a co-author of the study, stresses the need for countries to accurately and transparently quantify their greenhouse gas emissions.

Kerry Emanuel: This Year’s Hurricanes are a Taste of the Future

Climate scientist describes physics behind expected increase in storm strength due to climate change.

Mathematics Predicts a Sixth Mass Extinction

By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia.

Deep Waters Spiral Upward Around Antarctica

New research reveals upwelling pathways and timescales of deep, overturning waters in the Southern Ocean.

Team Gathers Unprecedented Data on Atmosphere’s Organic Chemistry

Colorado forest study provides clearest-ever picture of gases released into the atmosphere and how they change.

Neighboring Exoplanets May Hold Water, Study Finds

Observations and modeling suggest TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets may have held onto water, billions of years after their formation.

Strength of Global Stratospheric Circulation Measured for First Time

Estimate will help gauge hang time of greenhouse gases, water vapor, and ozone in upper atmosphere.