PAOC Spotlights

Flight Path: Into the Volcanic Plume

Researchers in EAPS are using small unmanned aircraft systems to better understand environmental phenomena. Their current target is the dangerous plume billowing from an active volcano.***In the thick...

Ancient whodunit may be solved: The microbes did it!

Methane-producing microbes may be responsible for the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history.Evidence left at the crime scene is abundant and global: Fossil remains show that sometime around 252 m...

A Gold Medal in Oceanography

John Marshall, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography, recently accepted the 2014 Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society for his "fundamental insights into  water mass ...

At the Lorenz Center, Water Unites Leaders in Climate Sciences

The first Lorenz Center scientific workshop, “Water in the Climate System,” was held February 10-12, 2014 at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts.Water has a lot of say in how Earth’s clima...

A Brave New Ocean World

After 20 years of work, the new high-resolution virtual ocean, the MITgcm, is advancing science from theoretical fluid dynamics to marine ecology.“A picture’s worth a thousand words” is the first thin...

Weathering the 2014 IAP

It’s been a bone-chilling two weeks here in Cambridge during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), and thanks to Course 12.310 ‘An Introduction to Weather Forecasting,’ twenty new amateur forecas...

Unlocking the Secrets of Starlight in the Search for Another Earth

When a planet outside our Solar System, or exoplanet, is big enough and orbits tightly enough around a star that’s bright enough, it’s an astronomer’s dream. That’s because it’s possible to find that ...

“Let’s Just Do Science:” The Origins of the Graduate Climate Conference

Sixteen graduate students in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have settled back to work after organizing and leading the 7th Graduate Climate Conference (GCC), which took place...

New Oceans Faculty Positions Shine Spotlight on PAOC

September’s here, and classes in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have begun. Faculty, post docs, researchers, and graduate students continue to explore the ocean on computers,...

“We Can and We Must:” Drew Shindell on Air Pollution and Climate Change Action

On Monday October 21, climatologist Drew Shindell came up from New York City’s NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to give the 13th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture, which filled n...

The 2013 PAOC Retreat: Sun and 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...

How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event

  How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’ group carried out a...

A Woman, a Mountain, a Quest to Map Climate Change

On a mountaintop in Rwanda, Katherine Potter is helping to put Africa on the climate change grid. She is Katherine Potter PhD ’11, the principal investigator for the new Rwanda Climate Observatory. Wo...

Chaos at 50

Fifty years have passed since Edward Lorenz published his discovery of the surprising behavior we now know as chaos. With a simple, three-equation weather model, Lorenz demonstrated that even ful...

400 ppm CO2? Add Other GHGs, and It’s Equivalent to 478 ppm

Atmospheric chemist and climate scientist Ron Prinn discusses the real issues around 400 ppm of atmospheric CO₂.Read this story at Oceans at MITWhat is so significant about this 400-ppm reading?T...

Got Weather? PAOC on the Weather Channel

Grad student Vince Agard recently met with a film crew from the Weather Channel. Here he is, explaining how the Earth's rotation contributes to severe weather......

Digital Computing for the Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate

Chris Hill's work centers on how digital computing technology in its broadest sense applies to Earth science and especially the ocean. Computing in general has a long and proud history ...

Ocean-borne Garbage Pulls a Crowd

Oceans at MIT goes to the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival...  Ocean scientists from MIT’s Program in Oceans, Atmospheres, and Climate as well as EAPS department undergraduates headed over to th...

A ‘green’ Sahara was far less dusty than today

 As recently as 5,000 years ago, the Sahara — today a vast desert in northern Africa, spanning more than 3.5 million square miles — was a verdant landscape, with sprawling vegetation and numerous...

Forging a New Direction in Climate Research

In this Faculty Forum Online broadcast, Professor Kerry Emanuel ’76, PhD ’78 discussed a new approach to climate science that emphasizes basic understanding over black box simulation. R...

Cumulus, cirrus, stratus: what clouds say about climate change

In this recent Faculty Forum broadcast event, Dan Cziczo set out to answer what happens when particles in the atmosphere, especially manufactured ones, interact with water vapor and temperature to for...

Susan Solomon Wins Vetlesen Prize

Atmospheric chemist, Susan Solomon, who led efforts to identify the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole and a French geochemist who extracted the longest-yet climate record from polar ice cores hav...

Groundwater: The River No One Sees

MIT WHOI Joint Program graduate student Meagan Gonneea is a chemical oceanographer interested in groundwater. Groundwater that enters the coastal ocean from underground aquifers carries nutrients and ...

Searching for Climate Clues in Southern Ocean Eddies

DIMES researchers hope that their data on ocean mixing may provide the missing ingredients to ocean climate models... which can then be used to understand past climates, as well as make projections ab...

Sea-Ice Interplay

In this MIT News video, Patrick Heimbach describes his work and the discovery of a feedback between sea ice and ocean that has helped improve Arctic ice extent forecasting.The simulation was conducted...