PAOC Spotlights

An Ocean of Curiosity

MIT oceanographers explore Earth’s seas with the Boston community for the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum.

Happy 100th Birthday to the Father of Chaos

Today, May 23rd, Edward N. Lorenz, longtime professor of meteorology at MIT, would have turned 100. Widely recognized as the father of the modern theory of chaos, he profoundly altered the way we view the natural world.

Kepler Telescope Spies Details of TRAPPIST-1 System's Outermost Planet

A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers, among them Julien de Wit from PAOC in Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confir...

Varied Increases in Extreme Rainfall with Global Warming

Intensification of extreme rainfall varies from region to region, study shows.

Noelle Selin Awarded Tenure

Congratulations to Noelle Selin, EAPS and IDSS professor and PAOC member, for her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure by the Executive Committee of the Corporation.

3Q: Refocusing Climate Research in a New Era

A new perspective from climate researchers argues that there are three key questions that should frame future climate research.

Leshner Leadership Fellow Noelle Selin Catalyzes Dialogue with Public, Policymakers

MIT researcher helps bring scientific evidence into public decision-making

New Potentially Habitable Planet Discovered

Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Identified as New Target for Atmospheric Study.

MIT Quarter Century Club Welcomes New Members for 2017

Class includes 99 new members from both the Cambridge campus and Lincoln Laboratory among them are PAOC's Michael Follows, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall.

Kerry Emanuel Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Kerry A. Emanuel, the EAPS Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, joins the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic,...

Stream Network Geometry Correlates with Climate

Work by Prof. Daniel H. Rothman and the MIT Lorenz Center's Hansjörg Seybold show that a "big data" analysis of nearly 1 million river junctions in the contiguous United States shows that branching angles in dendritic drainages vary systemati...

Embrace Who You Are: One Latina Scientist’s Brave Journey in STEM

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Gabi Serrato Marks profiles her colleague, Gabriela Farfan, about her dream of becoming a mineralogist and her experiences with culture and identity along the way.

Institute Award for the Love of Marine Chemistry

MIT-WHOI student Lauren Kipp to receive a Graduate Teaching Award

The Future of Forests Under Climate Change

Study projects vast regional differences in forest productivity, migration and wildfire impacts

Tiny Bacterium Provides Window into Whole Ecosystems

Ubiquitous marine organism has co-evolved with other microbes, promoting more complex ecosystems.

Storied Women of MIT: Pauline Morrow Austin

Storied Women of MIT is a series of 60-second historical profiles of MIT students, researchers, and staff that demonstrates the role of women at the Institute from its founding to today.

Climate Change to Worsen Drought, Diminish Corn Yields in Africa

Over the next century, southern Africa will see widespread decreases in maize production.

Preparing for Extremes

How models can help agriculture adapt to climate change uncertainties. The concern around climate change has scientists focusing their attention on regions around the world that are expected to be particularly hard hit.

MIT Faculty Working on Climate Write to President Trump

The MIT faculty in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate rebut Prof. Linzden’s letter urging the US administration to withdraw from the UN climate convention.

Study Suggests Complex Life was Present on Earth 2.33 Billion Years Ago

New estimate predates earliest fossil evidence by 800 million years.

Underwater Mountains Help Ocean Water Rise from Abyss

Turbulence from seafloor topography may explain longstanding question about ocean circulation.


A new online publication from MIT reports on exciting climate science research at MIT. We focus on climate as a fundamental science, but occasionally comment on climate action and policy at MIT and climate research occurring elsewhere.

Lucky Seven: 3Q with Julien de Wit on the discovery of seven temperate, nearby worlds

Planets may harbor conditions suitable for sustaining liquid water — and thus life.

PAOC Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to Michael Follows and David McGee for their recent promotions, recognizing their achievements and contributions to the department.Effective July 2017, Michael Follows will become a Fu...

Getting Their Hands Dirty: Students Experience Fieldwork in Hawaii

TREX program offers undergraduates the opportunity to get out in the field.