PAOC Spotlights

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...

New Antarctic Ice Sheet Physics Could Explain Ancient Sea Levels and Predict Future Ones

A novel glacial model including "ice cliff collapse" may explain sea level rise seen during the Pliocene and forecast glacial melt's potential contribution to future sea levels.A significant portion o...

EAPS Dives into the Pale Blue Dot at the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival

MIT engages the Boston community in ocean and climate science.***For MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), every day is Earth Day. But on April 22nd, 2016, they were ex...

There’s Something in the Air

Colette Heald studies atmospheric gases and particles, and how they affect air quality and climate.***Winds that blow across the Sahara desert in North Africa pick up particles of soil and sand, and t...

Southern Ocean Cooling in a Warming World

A new MIT study suggests that ozone hole behavior over the Southern Ocean might account for regional cooling trends.***Around the world, scientists are observing evidence of climate change—record high...

PAOC Welcomes New Faculty Member

Earlier this week, EAPS announced that marine biogeochemist Andrew Babbin will join the department in January 2017 as an Associate Professor in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate.Cur...

Research Takes Center Stage at MIT Climate Conference

At MIT on Climate=Science + Action, speakers examined what we know, what’s left to learn, and the diverse climate-related research happening throughout the institute.***Days after news broke that NASA...

Going the Extra Kilometer

Among the 14 recipients of the MIT School of Science 2016 Infinite Kilometer award was EAPS Principal Research Scientist Sai Ravela.The MIT School of Science recently announced the 2016 winners of its...

John Marshall Receives AMS Haurwitz Prize

John Marshall, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography, recently accepted the American Meteorological Society’s 2016 Haurwitz Prize for his “seminal contributions to atmospheric, oceanic, an...

Kerry Emanuel Honored by AGU

Kerry Emanuel, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Meteorology at MIT, recently gave the 2015 Bjerknes Lecture at the annual American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, California. The AG...

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MIT on Climate, Science, and Action

On January 27, leading researchers from across MIT will come together to discuss one of the most pressing issues of our time—climate change. For decades, MIT scientists have been and continue to ...

At COP21, Finding Hope for Climate in the Aerocene

Artist Tomás Saraceno and MIT scientists join forces to confront climate crisis at UN conference.***It’s a brisk afternoon in Paris, and sunlight streams through the glass and steel ceiling of the Gra...

PAOC Puts the Science in Science Policy

Earlier this year, graduate students and faculty from MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate traveled to our nation’s capital on a mission to build relationships with policymakers on both s...

Capturing an Underwater World

Underwater photographer and MIT CAST visiting artist Keith Ellenbogen is developing new technology and sharing his passion for underwater conservation photography with students in an upcoming IAP cour...

Shifting Climates, Shifting Landscapes

A new landslide prediction model from Dino Bellugi, Taylor Perron, and Paul O’Gorman could help communities prepare for disaster in the face of changing climate.***Taylor Perron has seen the aftermath...

Cloud Watching

Bjorn Stevens, director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, describes how atmospheric water contributes to climate change at the 2015 John Carlson Lecture.***Two parts hydrogen, one part oxyg...

The 2015 PAOC Retreat: Jiminy Peak

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

New Students Discover EAPS through Extreme Weather and Climate

Before the new semester began, incoming freshmen joined EAPS for a 5-day exploration of extreme weather and climate.***Every year, MIT welcomes incoming freshmen with FPOP—a pre-orientation program ai...

Life on Mars Time

Humans may one day live on Mars, but how will we adjust to the time change, and how will our new environment redefine our concept of time? Graduate student and artist Sara Morawetz teamed up with NASA...