PAOC Spotlights

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.

The Heart of a Far-off Star Beats for its Planet

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations. For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet.The star, which ...

Modeling the Unequal Benefits of U.S. Environmental Policy

New toolset evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for nine income groups One of the two top air pollutants in the U.S., ground-level ozone is harmful not only to your health but ...

Aerocene Soars at the 47th World Economic Forum Meeting

Climate-conscious sculptures influence world perspectives in Davos- Klosters, Switzerland.Aerocene, an artistic project developed by Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene Foundation, has been collaborating ...

Atmospheres, Oceans and Planetary Studies on Display at AGU

Over the week of December 12th, members of MIT’s PAOC attended the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 49th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.The event is the world’s largest Earth and space science...

Explained: Greenhouse gases

Carbon dioxide isn’t the only one that matters, and the gases vary widely in potency and duration.When hearing the words “greenhouse gas,” most people think immediately of carbon dioxide. This is inde...

Solomon is 2017 National Academy of Sciences Medalist

Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive the 2017 National Academy of Sciences, Arthur L. Day Prize and...

EAPS Welcomes Inaugural Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences is delighted to welcome exoplanetary scientist Dr. Jason Dittmann, one of four inaugural 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellows announced today by...

Celebrating Pauline Morrow Austin: A Founder of Radar Meteorology

MIT Faculty, friends and family of Mrs. Austin gathered to remember her life and commemorate her contributions to science with the unveiling of an exhibit in EAPS.Modern meteorology would not be what ...

A Persistent Haze

Study assesses impact of fire aerosols on visibility and air quality in Southeast Asia. The skies above Southeast Asia are often dimmed by a persistent haze, due largely to high concentrations of...

On Addressing Global Change Science

Ron Prinn directs MIT's Center for Global Change Science and co-directs its Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Among other things these groups are running the Advanced Global At...

Observing and modeling the Arctic Ocean and Sea Ice: A Meeting in Woods Hole

Last November, a group of MIT researchers joined scientists from around the world to attend the fifth meeting of the Forum for Arctic Modeling & Synthesis (FAMOS) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic I...