PAOC Spotlights

Study Finds More Extreme Storms Ahead for California

New technique predicts frequency of heavy precipitation with global warming.On Dec. 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with th...

Short-Lived Greenhouse Gases Cause Centuries of Sea-Level Rise

Through warming effects, methane and other gases impact rising seas long after leaving the atmosphere.Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmos...

Students, Academics, and Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Tackle the Future of Water Utilities

Fifth annual MIT Water Summit brings together interdisciplinary panelists to give multiple perspectives on major issues surrounding the water sector.Read this story in MIT News.Turn on the faucet and ...

New study sets oxygen-breathing limit for ocean’s hardiest organisms

Bacteria can survive in marine environments that are almost completely starved of oxygen. Around the world, wide swaths of open ocean are nearly depleted of oxygen. Not quite dead zones, they are...

The World Sees Me as the One Who Will Find Another Earth

In an in-depth piece for The New York Times Magazine, writer Chris Jones spotlights MIT Prof. and astrophysicist Sara Seager’s journey in searching for an Earthlike exoplanet. Jones writes t...

Climate Models May Be Overestimating the Cooling Effect of Wildfire Aerosols

Accounting for year-to-year variability enables more accurate projections of climate change and its impactsWhether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or pe...

Saharan Dust in the Wind

Scientists find huge reduction in African dust plume led to more Saharan monsoons 11,000 years ago.Read this story in MIT News.Every year, trade winds over the Sahara Desert sweep up huge plumes of mi...

Living in the Future

Scientists from MIT and Boston University explore how well early science fiction in movies were able to predict today's technological advances and the culture around which it's based.Since the early d...

Big Ice, Big Science

Richard Alley delivers the 2016 Carlson Lecture on the physics of glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and Boston and how ice sheets capture a history of the world’s climate.Two-miles thick and a contin...

Forecasting the Head of the Charles

Not the winners: The weather! For the third year in a row, Costa Christopoulos '17 provides local, fine-scale weather forecasting support for this beloved annual, international, two-day regatta on the...

Fall 2016 in PAOC

With the semester in full swing, PAOC members are enjoying several new, engaging and fun events happening in the department.  The PAOC Retreat (9/30 – 10/2/16) The weekend of September 30th ...

2015 & 2016 Rossby Awards Announced

Jill McDermott '15 and Joern Callies '16 have been awarded the Rossby Prize for their respective theses.Remembered as one of the major figures in the founding of the modern dynamical study of the atmo...

Discovering Extreme Weather

Incoming freshmen experience life in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheres and Planetary Sciences through weather and climate experiments and a hike up Mt. Washington during the 2016 Discovering EAPS...

The 2016 PAOC Retreat: Ocean Edge in Brewster, MA

This year’s PAOC retreat to Ocean Edge’s seaside resort in Brewster, MA gave attendees a chance to socialize and relax before the semester’s events began to pick up. Scheduled over the weekend of...

Ferrari Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Oceanography

Raffaele Ferrari, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, has been selected to receive the 2016 Robert L. and ...

3Q: Kerry Emanuel on a “Parexit” and the serious risks of climate change

In open letter, 375 National Academy of Sciences members warn against opting out of Paris Agreement.This May, in a speech at an oil and natural gas conference in North Dakota, Republican presidential ...

The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA

 This year’s PAOC retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains surrounding Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, MA gave attendees wonderful opportunities to befriend new colleagues, learn about new res...

How Might a Steep Decline in Aerosols Impact the Climate?

EAPS PhD student Daniel Rothenberg targets one of climate modeling’s biggest unknowns.Air pollution from power plants, internal combustion engines and other artificial sources impacts not only human h...

Computing the Ocean’s True Colors

Stephanie Dutkiewicz’ phytoplankton models project the future of the ocean as food source and carbon sink.When she was 17, Stephanie Dutkiewicz set sail from her native South Africa to the Caribbean i...

The 2014 PAOC Retreat: Cape Codder Resort, Cape Cod

The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2014 PAOC Retreat too...

The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun & Science on Jiminy Peak

MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) oversees a broad program of education and research in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences in The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and P...

The 2010 PAOC Retreat: Ogunquit, ME

Around the beginning of each academic year, members of PAOC attend a weekend retreat for science, recreation, and relaxation. Generously subsidized by the Houghton Fund, the retreat is free of charge ...

The 2009 PAOC Retreat: Stratton Mountain, VT

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 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...