PAOC Spotlights

At the intersection of Physics and Biology in the Ocean

Mick Follows is a Senior Research Scientist in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, part of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, at MIT. Together with the other memb...

Kadanoff "makes a Splash"

Professor Leo Kadanoff spent the last two weeks at MIT as the Lorenz Center's First Visiting Scientist and Spring 2012 Houghton Lecture speaker. He was hosted by Professor Daniel Rothman and Kerry Ema...

Introducing Atmospheric Chemist Prof. Colette Heald

Professor Colette Heald is interested in global atmospheric composition and chemistry, and interactions of these with the biosphere and climate system, including the study of both particles and gases ...

Picture Power

As scientists we sometimes struggle to communicate what we do: Diagrams can quickly get complicated, equations morph into a tangle of inky Greek. This week a new vizualisation is proving that the "rig...

Weather in a Tank II - Water World

Since 2001, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall have worked to make rotating fluid dynamics more intuitive for undergraduate students studying weather and climate, using a demonstration aptly named ...

Powerful Currents in Deep-Sea Gorges

"On my first major research cruise, the ship was hit by a hurricane. On the second, the weather was even worse. In one particularly nasty storm, I remember standing braced on the ship's bridge late at...

Back to the Forest

Micro-organisms have produced dramatic shifts in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and continue to be important drivers of ocean- and land-atmosphere exchanges of gases that have a strong infl...

PAOC Fall Course 12.713 (new number)

Course 12.713 "Numerical Ocean Modeling" is a new hands-on course for developing computational models of oceanic processes such as transport (advection, diffusion), mixing and reaction (ecosystems) th...

PAOC Spring Course 12.S990

The ability to quantify the uncertainty in our models of nature is fundamental to many inference problems in science and engineering. In this course, Ravela will lead a study of advanced methods to re...

2011 Publication Review

 This listing of papers authored by members of PAOC was created from the Expanded Science Citation Index which includes the following source publications. It does not include conference proceedin...

Climate's Dusty Clues

David McGee's general interest is paleoclimatology. More specifically, he focusses on reconstructing past changes in extratropical atmospheric circulation and hydrology. He explores this area through ...

IAP 2012

 For-credit offerings:12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting Lodovica Illari Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30, Feb. 1, 3; 1:30-3:00pm, 54-915Pre-register on WebSIS and attend fir...

Introducing Atmospheric Chemist Prof. Susan Solomon

  In this interview Prof. Solomon talks about her work and some of the things she is looking forward to at MIT. Susan Solomon is widely recognized as a leader in the field of atmospheri...

The Brit, his Computer and Prepping for a Greenhouse Whodunnit...

  Get to know a little more about Researcher Matt Rigby and his work in this video interviewFor the past 4 years Matt Rigby, a member of the Prinn Group, has been a researcher in the Center ...

Tracking an Elusive Chemical - Estrogens

Estrogens are a family of hormones that are essential for growth and development, and, notably, for determining whether you are a female or a male. Exposure to even small amounts of “extra” estrogen c...

The Ocean's Tiny Chemists

Marine microorganisms are the chemists of the ocean, continually cycling carbon and other chemicals via the routine biochemical reactions they use to live and grow. MIT-WHOI graduate student Kim Popen...

Between the Beach and the Deep Blue Sea

Anything travelling from the shoreline to the ocean and vice versa - water, fish larvae, sand, pollutants - must go through the shallow inner shelf, which connects the beach to the deep ocean. Writing...

The Office Next Door

Casual conversations among colleagues can prove surprisingly fruitful. Exerpted from an article by Peter Dizikes in Technology Review entitled "The Office Next Door", Dizikes shines a light on the eth...

What does PAOC do all day?

At this year's Retreat, students, postdocs, researchers and faculty participated in a "Rapid Research Roundup", 1 minute, 1 slide show-and-tell event. Here, for posterity, is the annotated slide ...

Faculty Bibliographies

Past Faculty:Edward Norton Lorenz (May 23, 1917 – April 16, 2008)  Lorenz was a mathematician and meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory. He discovered the notion of strange attractors and ...

Beyond PAOC - MIT Student Policy Initiative

 The MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) is a student-run group interested in educating students in the policies governing science research and innovation along with exploring how science and eng...

A Passion for Life on Ice

Alison Criscitiello is a fourth year Marine Geology and Geophysics student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Her principal interest is in glaciology, in particular validating a potential proxy for Antarc...

The 2011 PAOC Retreat: Ziplines, Rockstar Wannabes and Accrostic Shannanigans

Last weekend, members took off for the White Mountains for the 2011 PAOC Retreat. The 18th annual PAOC retreat took place last weekend, September 23-25, 2011, at the Mountain Club resort on...