PAOC Spotlights

2nd Annual Carlson Lecture

Predicting Climate in a Chaotic World: How Certain Can We Be? NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM, NOVember 1, 2012This year's John Carlson Lecture was given by Royal Society Professor of Climate Physics at UK...

Clearing the Air

 Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges.Read more at MIT News...

Greenland Melting? Three Questions with Patrick Heimbach

The surface of Greenland’s interior ice sheet experienced a period of extreme melting for several days during July, 2012. Oceans at MIT sat down with Patrick Heimbach, to discuss the ice melt event.Re...

Power in Modeling Virtual Marine Microbes

When used properly, models provide valuable insights into complex systems and sometimes yield surprising, even counterintuitive outcomes. Darwin Project researcher Stephanie Dutkiewicz explains her gr...

DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate 2012

The program began on Wednesday, August 22 with a lunch at which the participants were given an introduction to the activities planned for the next few days, and also got to meet several EAPS faculty. ...

Study maps pollution’s pathway to the Arctic, sets path for future research

Noelle Selin and Carey Friedman have built a model that will be further developed as part of an NSF-funded project to track how chemicals get to remote Arctic environments. Read more at MIT News...

When it Rains, it Pours

Global warming is expected to intensify extreme precipitation, but the rate at which it does so in the tropics has remained unclear. A new study authored by Paul O'Gorman provides an estimate based on...

Oceans Online

John Marshall and the Oceans at MIT team, pull together all things "ocean" to create a new cross-campus website. Immerse yourself in this new resource for what is going on at MIT and within the MIT-WH...

The Mathematics of Leaf Decay

Understanding the rate at which leaves decay can help scientists predict the global flux of carbon dioxide, and develop better models for climate change. A new mathematical model from postdoc Dav...

Geotraces: Building a Periodic Table for the Ocean

Ed Boyle’s research group works on trace metals and trace metal isotope ratios in the oceans, estuaries, rivers, and ice cores. In this Oceans at MIT article, you can read about the team's involvemen...

The 2012 PAOC Retreat: South Yarmouth, MA

The 2012 PAOC retreat was held at the Red Jacket Resort in South Yarmouth, MA, on beautiful Cape Cod over the weekend of October 12-14.The faculty, graduate students, post-docs and staff of MIT’s Prog...

Exploring the Arctic

Temperatures in the Arctic region has been rising at approximately twice the global average rate in the past 100 years (Solomon et al., Technical Summary, IPCC 2007).  To understand the effect of...

Meet PAOC's Class of 2012

 Checking-in with PAOC's Class of 2012:After staying on for several months as a postdoc, Ryan recently left MIT, heading west to Scripps where he has just started a postdoc position working with ...

Fieldwork Focus: A Tunisian Adventure

Funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) – Global Seed Funds – Spain, members of the Summons’s group carried out a geological fieldtrip in northwestern Tunisia. This ...

Atmospheric Chemistry Redux

 Atmospheric Chemistry takes center stage in Atmospheric Chemistry Redux the lead article in the spring issue of the EAPS alumni newsletter, EAPSpeaks. With 3 new faculty in the the past year alo...

2012 Senior Theses

For her Senior Thesis Deepa Rao has been working with graduate student Laura Meredith to understand the microbially-mediated soil H2 sink while fellow PAOC unergraduate Roman Kowch worked with Lodovic...

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...