PAOC Spotlights

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...

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...