PAOC Spotlights

48-Million-Year-Old Wax Discovered in a Bird Fossil

Expert analysis of fossil organic molecules by researchers in the Summons Lab provides palaeontologists with important new insight into how animal soft tissues fossilize and the importance of fats, or lipids, in that process.

The 2017 PAOC Retreat: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort

Near the beginning of each academic year, members of PAOC attend a weekend retreat for science, recreation, and relaxation, generously subsidized by the Houghton Fund.

Little Growth Observed in India's Methane Emissions

New study in Nature Communications finds little growth in India's methane emissions. EAPS Professor Ronald Prinn, a co-author of the study, stresses the need for countries to accurately and transparently quantify their greenhouse gas emissions.

Kerry Emanuel: This Year’s Hurricanes are a Taste of the Future

Climate scientist describes physics behind expected increase in storm strength due to climate change.

Mathematics Predicts a Sixth Mass Extinction

By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia.

Deep Waters Spiral Upward Around Antarctica

New research reveals upwelling pathways and timescales of deep, overturning waters in the Southern Ocean.

Team Gathers Unprecedented Data on Atmosphere’s Organic Chemistry

Colorado forest study provides clearest-ever picture of gases released into the atmosphere and how they change.

Neighboring Exoplanets May Hold Water, Study Finds

Observations and modeling suggest TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets may have held onto water, billions of years after their formation.

Strength of Global Stratospheric Circulation Measured for First Time

Estimate will help gauge hang time of greenhouse gases, water vapor, and ozone in upper atmosphere.

Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli to Give Rachel Carson Lecture at AGU's Fall 2017 Meeting

The chosen female scientist exemplifies Rachel Carson’s work with cutting-edge ocean science, especially science relevant to societal concerns.

For the Love of Ice: Journeys to the Remote and Inhospitable

Alison Criscitiello PhD '14 seeks ice cores in inhospitable locations, sometimes camping on ice sheets and sleeping with a shotgun in case of bear attacks.

Saving Venice, MIT-style

MISTI interns and MIT faculty tackle rising sea level challenges at Italian research camp this summer

Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Summer Round Up

Before the summer ends and we start in on our next year of exciting research and events, catch up on some stories you may have missed from last year. Features from the previous academic year include exciting climate research, new planetary finding...

New Faculty

EAPS is delighted to introduce three new members of faculty: Brent Minchew will join EAPS as an Assistant Professor with PAOC and Geophysics in January 2018, Julien de Wit as an Assistant Professor in July 2018, and Katherine de Kleer as an Assist...

Phytoplankton & Chips

Microbes mediate the global marine cycles of elements, modulating atmospheric CO2 and helping to maintain the oxygen we all breath yet there is much about them scientists still don’t understand. Now, an award from the Simons ...

The Sticky Intertropical Convergence Zone

Ocean circulation coupled to changes in trade winds efficiently damps ITCZ movement to transport heat across the equator.

Indian Monsoons Have Strengthened Over Past 15 Years

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come.

Understanding Climate Change’s Ground Zero

Study highlights need to improve modeling of carbon-rich Northern Eurasia

Susan Solomon Honored for her Contributions to Atmospheric Science

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies Susan Solomon to receive the Royal Society's 2018 Bakerian Medal and give the Bakerian Lecture.

Climate Change to Deplete Some US Water Basins, Reduce Irrigated Crop Yields

By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report.

Rising Temperatures are Curbing Ocean’s Capacity to Store Carbon

Study finds large amounts of carbon dioxide, equivalent to yearly U.K. emissions, remain in surface waters.

de Wit Named Innovators Under 35 -- 2017 Innovator of the Year, Belgium

Innovators Under 35, also known as TR35, is an annual list published by MIT Technology Review magazine, naming the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35.

Pauline Morrow Austin: Radar & Weather Maven

 Pauline Morrow Austin (PhD '42) joined MIT's Weather Radar Research Project at its inception in 1946 and went on to direct the project from 1956-1979. Her pioneering work to interpret weather radar echoes laid the foundation for modern radar...