New MIT-NASA research using models of Atlantic circulation finds that the ocean absorbs atmospheric gases more easily than heat energy, and the slowing circulation that results, reduces its ability to absorb both.
A new technique developed in the Cziczo Lab may be the most accurate way of identifying biological aerosols from mineral dust in the atmosphere, constraining their contribution to cloud formation and climate change.
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 confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1.
Study finds large amounts of carbon dioxide, equivalent to yearly U.K. emissions, remain in surface waters.
A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come.
The Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate oversees a broad program of research and education directed at understanding the Earth in all its aspects - physical, chemical and biological - and how Earth has evolved over time to its present state and its likely future trajectory.
We make use of observations, theory and models and also place our studies in the context of planetary systems. Many of the most important discoveries in our science, such as chaos, the chemistry of the ozone hole and the physics of hurricanes were made by PAOC scientists. Follow the links on the left to explore our research in the areas of atmospheres, oceans, and climate.