PAOC Spotlights

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...

Science Storytelling: 42⁰ North

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dena Seidel uses art to communicate science. We sat down with Seidel during her visit to MIT to ask her a few questions about earth and ocean science filmmaking.***...

Life on an Aquaplanet

MIT News has a feature story explaining newly published research from scientists in the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) that explores the idea of extraterrestrial o...

Small volcanoes make a dent in global warming

New research shows that relatively small volcanic eruptions can increase aerosol particles in the atmosphere, temporarily mitigating the global warming caused by greenhouse gases. The impact of such s...

Climate Feedback: Improving Media Coverage of Climate Science

Emmanuel Vincent has launched Climate Feedback, a new web-based initiative to improve the accuracy of climate science reporting in the media. The first experiment with the method evaluated a recent ar...

The Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

Learn about what happened when MIT researchers set their minds to figuring out why climate models generate a finding seemingly at odds with our basic understanding of global warming.***In classrooms a...

Geophysicist Peter Molnar Takes Down a Popular Scientific Theory at the Lorenz Center's John Carlson Lecture

Peter Molnar, professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, presented “Big Cats, Panamá, and Armadillos: A Story of Climate and Life" at the 2014 John Carlson Lecture...

The 2014 PAOC Retreat: Cape Cod

The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) begin each year with a retreat supported by the Houghton Fund. The 2014 PAOC Retreat too...

Where time stands still, ideas travel generations

The traditions of chalkboard mathematics, mentorship, and ample time to think make the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics program a summer school like no other.***It’s been another summer of intense lear...

Snowfall in a warmer world

Study finds big snowstorms will still occur in the Northern Hemisphere following global warming.*If ever there were a silver lining to global warming, it might be the prospect of milder winters. After...

Broadening the 'scope' of microbial oceanography

With an infusion of private funds, MIT researchers and collaborators will break new ground in the study of marine microbes at the legendary field site Station ALOHA.***The Simons Foundation, a New Yor...

Seeing Beyond the Clouds

Researchers In the Aerosol and Cloud Lab at MIT are perfecting ice cloud chamber methodology for future generations. A new instrument, the SPectrometer for Ice Nuclei (SPIN), will ultimately clarify h...

Weston Middle School Visit

Weston Midlle School Visits PAOC.A group of middle school students (6th grade) from the Weston Public schools visited PAOC, as part of their annual trip to MIT. Lodovica Illari, Allison Wing and grad ...

The Rossby Award goes to Jessica Fitzsimmons and Chris Kempes

Jessica Fitzsimmons, PhD '13, and Chris Kempes, PhD '13, have won the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Award for their outstanding PAOC PhD theses.Jessica Fitzsimmons completed her PhD thesis The Marine Biogeochemi...

Solving the puzzle of ice age climates

MIT researchers look to the Southern Ocean for an explanation of the “Last Glacial Maximum.” The paleoclimate record for the last ice age — a time 21,000 years ago called the “Last Glacial Maximum” (L...

Susan Solomon will lead MIT's New Initiative on the Environment

Multidisciplinary program, to be led by Susan Solomon, will encourage collaborations among researchers in different fields.Read on MIT NewsMIT has announced a major new campuswide initiative to promot...

How the Ocean Reins in Global Warming

The ocean plays a critical role in climate change, especially in setting the climate's response to increasing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. As excess heat accumulates in various parts o...

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...