PAOC Spotlights

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.

Paul O’Gorman on the Promise of Machine Learning in Climate Modeling

As machine learning expands into climate modeling, EAPS Professor Paul O’Gorman answers what that looks like and why now.

A Labor of Love

Ali Ramadhan recently launched “Project Lovelace,” a website that helps scientists hone their programming skills with interactive problem sets.

Medusa Instrument Launched for the Rwanda Global Climate Observatory

In collaboration with MIT, Rwanda launches first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped to measure more than 50 gases that degrade the ozone layer and affect climate change.

A “Pacemaker” for North African Climate

Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity.

In Case You Missed It

The top 10 stories to come out of the Program of Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate in 2018!

New Climate Model to be Built from the Ground Up

Professors Raffaele Ferrari and John Marshall, along with colleagues from Caltech, NASA's JPL, and the Naval Postgraduate School, envision a revolution in climate modeling using data assimilation and machine learning.

Charney Library Re-Opens Doors

The recently renovated library, named for late MIT Professor Jule Charney, now offers a welcoming space for students to interact both socially and academically.

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared With Past Four Centuries

Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet has ramped up dramatically in the early 21st century, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the journal Nature.

Studying Oil and Water

Maryam Rashed Alshehhi, a visiting assistant professor from the United Arab Emirates, examines the Gulf region's most pressing environmental dilemmas.

PAOC Heads to AGU

This December, PAOC members will present a wide range of research at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

Mars 2020 Landing Site Announced

PAOC faculty members Professors Summons, Bosak, and Weiss provide insight and advise on landing site potential.

Building the best record of the ocean

An update on efforts led by Prof. Carl Wunsch to build a foundational framework for understanding the behavior of the entire ocean.

Clearing clouds of uncertainty

Studies show cloud variability during El Niño events could help better predict long-term climate change.

Study: Impact of mercury-controlling policies shrinks with every five-year delay

Toxin will accumulate in the environment, particularly in remote regions, as countries delay implementing emissions controls.

Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit for Major Ocean Current

Long-term melting may lead to release of huge volumes of cold, fresh water into the North Atlantic, impacting global climate.

Monitoring the Atmosphere, Changing the World

AGAGE network celebrates 40 years of measuring ozone-depleting and climate-warming gases.

Addressing the Possibility of Life on Mars

Mars expert John Grotzinger tells the story of exploration and the search for ancient life on the red planet at the 2018 Carlson Lecture.

MIT-WHOI Joint Program Marks 50th Year

Unorthodox partnership remains an educational ‘jewel’

Understanding the Chaotic Nature of Weather

A short documentary examining the legacy of famed MIT meteorologist and mathematician Edward N. Lorenz.

Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?

The ocean may be the key to better forecasting hard-to-predict monsoons, explains graduate student Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger.

Studying the Hotbed of Horizontal Gene Transfers

Global Microbiome Conservancy’s preliminary results reveal new insights into human gut microbiomes and early climate.

The 2018 PAOC Retreat: MIT Endicott House

The 2018 PAOC retreat, hosted at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA, gave students and faculty a chance to socialize and relax before the start of the semester.

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Graduate student Chawalit Charoenpong writes about his first dive to the seafloor in search of ingredients that may have sparked life on Earth.