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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...

Susan Solomon on Lessons from the Ozone Hole

MIT Atmospheric Chemist Susan Solomon recounts how scientists, world governments, and the public worked together to stop the ozone hole from growing, and what we can learn from those actions that coul...

For the Love of Physics: From Oceans to Other Planets

MIT Oceanographer Glenn Flierl’s passion lies in understanding the physics that shape life as we know it on Earth and other planets.***Much like the ocean currents he studies, MIT Oceanographer G...

Middle School Students Pay PAOC a Visit

A group of students from Weston Middle School recently visited EAPS to learn about the atmosphere, weather, and oceans.***Recent sunny days and warm temperatures signal the beginning of summer and the...

Uncovering Diversity in an Invisible Ocean World

Tara Oceans, an international consortium of researchers that explored the world’s oceans in hopes of learning more about one of its smallest inhabitants, reported their initial findings this week in a...

Study: Ocean Currents Change with Seasons

The strength of ocean currents change with the seasons, which have implications for both ocean life and climate according to a new MIT study.***As the seasons change, so too does the strength of ocean...

PAOC Students Recognized for Excellence

Four students in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) received awards for excellence in research and teaching at the 2015 EAPS Student Awards Dinner.Casey Hilgenbrink (’15), who grad...

4 Questions with David Battisti on El Niño and Climate Variability

Atmospheric Scientist David Battisti discusses the double El Niño phenomenon and what it does and doesn’t tell us about climate change. ***This year’s spring Houghton Lecturer is David Battisti, ...

Diving into Ocean Science at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival

Just in time for Earth Day, Oceans at MIT was thrilled to participate in the Cambridge Science Festival Ocean’s Day hosted April 23, 2015 at the MIT Museum. ***Cambridge is a hub for science...

Costa Christopoulos Named 2015 NOAA Hollings Scholar

EAPS undergraduate student Costa Christopoulos recently won a NOAA Scholarship that will support his passion for atmospheric science. Read more about the award and Christopoulos' research here. *...

A Model Year for Climate Change

Climate expert Jochem Marotzke tackles the discrepancy between climate models and real-world observations of global temperature in the 15th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture.***Earlier this yea...

Boston Sets New Snow Record

Near the end of one of the most brutal winters on record, Boston finally surpassed those 107.6 inches of snow recorded during the winter of 1995-1996, giving residents something to celebrate.***With n...

Aditi Sheshadri Wins AMS Award

MIT graduate student Aditi Sheshadri's research on the impacts of stratospheric warming events on the lower atmosphere garnered her an award at the American Meteorological Society's 18th Conference on...

The Science behind Boston's Record-Setting Winter of 2015

The winter of 2015 will likely become the snowiest Boston has ever seen. MIT Meteorologist Lodovica Illari shares her thoughts on the science behind these extreme weather events and what caused them.*...

Oceans in a Warming World: 3 Questions with John Marshall

How do oceans affect climate, and vice versa? EAPS Professor of Oceanography John Marshall answers those questions and more in his talk Oceans in a Warming World. ***John Marshall, the Cecil and ...

Jörn Callies Wins AGU Award

MIT-WHOI graduate student Jörn Callies' research on atmospheric and oceanic wave fluctuations garnered him an award at the recent American Geophysical Union Conference—the largest worldwide confe...