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Solving Carbon Mysteries of the Deep Ocean

New research from Chris Follett and Dan Rothman in collaboration with others at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reveals a hidden deep-ocean carbon cycle.

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Snow in a Warming World

Paul O'Gorman talks to the Boston Globe about his counterintuitive findings, reported in the journal Nature in August 2014, suggesting that global warming likely won’t prevent massive snowstorms.

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The Great Dying

Feeling comfortable? We've got one planet and... sometimes... catastrophic things happen. What lessons for today can past mass extinctions teach us? Watch a great new short about work in the Bowring Lab from MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing.

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New Professorship Announced

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences announces receipt of the generous pledge of $5M from Emeritus Professor Peter H. Stone and Professor Paola Malanotte Stone (Rizzoli) to endow a full professorship.

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Distinguished Visiting Scientists

This month EAPS welcomes two distinguished visiting professors Maarten V. de Hoop of Purdue University and Michel Campillo, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.

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3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA's Soil Moitsure Mission

MIT professor is lead scientist on three-year mission to study how soil, water, and carbon interact - rescheduled for launch January 31.

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Seager awarded a Bose Grant

Sara Seager will use her Amer G. Bose Research Grant to map biochemical space in search of life beyond Earth.

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Award for Green Building's Hidden Hands

EAPS congratulations to Operations and Facilities Manager Scott Wade who has been selected to receive MIT's 2015 Serving the Client Excellence Award. Scott will be honored in an Institute wide ceremony in March.

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Sequestration on Shaky Ground

Postdoc Yossi Cohen, working with Dan Rothman, finds a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide.

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A Twist on Planetary Origins

Postdoc Brandon Johnson and colleagues, including Maria Zuber, the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and MIT’s vice president for research, report meteorites were byproducts of planetary formation, not building blocks.

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Studying a Missing Link in Climate Models—Soil Moisture

The SMAP observatory, the first satellite designed exclusively to monitor soil moisture, is scheduled for launch later this month: Find out more about this NASA mission and its science lead CEE/EAPS' Dara Entekhabi. 

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New Faculty

EAPS is delighted to announce that alum Timothy Cronin will  return to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in July 2016.

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Hidden Battle on the Reefs

Science and Scuba-diving: MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Tom DeCarlo is exploring how corals may fare in a changing ocean.

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Life on an Aquaplanet

An exoplanet, tilted on its side, could still be habitable if covered in ocean according to a new ocean-atmosphere-exoplanet study from MIT researchers working in EAPS.

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Theodore Madden 1925-2013

Earle Williams writes about Ted Madden's life and legacy in EOS

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What really killed the dinosaurs?

Before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, Earth experienced a short burst of intense volcanism. Sam Bowring and graduate student Michael Eddy in Science this week.

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft hurtles toward Pluto

For the better part of two decades, planetary scientist Richard Binzel has been thinking about 2015. A bumper sticker on a file cabinet in his Massachusetts Institute of Technology office sums up the reason: “My other vehicle is on its way to Pluto.”

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Lunar Dynamo - 3 Questions with Ben Weiss

The moon’s molten, churning core likely once generated a dynamo.

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Losing Air

Hilke Schlichting leads a new study which finds a barrage of small impacts likely erased much of the Earth’s primordial atmosphere.

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Small Volcanic Eruptions could be Slowing Global Warming

Small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth’s upper atmosphere than previously thought, potentially contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new CEE/EAPS led study.

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AMS/NASA Earth Science Graduate Fellowship

Jessica D. Haskins XII '14 has been awarded the 2014 AMS/NASA Earth Science Graduate Fellowship.  

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Pulling Together the Early Solar System

New study led by Ben Weiss's Paleomagnetism Lab finds that a strong magnetic field whipped the early solar system into shape.

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The Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

EAPS researchers show that a canonical view of global warming tells only half the story.

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Catching Air

Graduate student Jimmy Gasore is working on a pioneering climate observatory in Rwanda

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ERL Goes to SEG 2014

Pictures from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists annual meeting took place at The Colorado Convention Center in Denver the week of October 27, 2014.

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How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. 

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New Study Finds Oceans Arrived Early to Earth

"The oceans were always here. We didn't get them from a late process, as was previously thought," says MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Adam Sarafian, lead author of a new study reported in Science this week.

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3 Questions: NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Better options available in thousands of near-Earth asteroids, says Rick Binzel.

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Coral-Current Connections

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Alice Alpert combines her fascination with paleoceanography with her desire to investigate recent and current climate change through study of coral colonies in the equatorial Pacific.

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4th Annual John Carlson Lecture

Peter Molnar Takes Down a Popular Scientific Theory - Big Cats, Panamá, and Armadillos: A Story of Climate and Life" at the Lorenz Center's October 16 gala lecture at the New England Aquarium

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Measuring Rare Methane Isotopologues

Shuhei Ono and his team report a new way of unlocking molecular information by measuring the abundance of the doubly substituted isotopologue of methane, 13CH3D.

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New SMAP Satellite Makes Measuring Soil Moisture a Snap

Read an interview with Dara Entekhabi, team leader for NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission, scheduled to launch January 29, 2015, which will use microwave instruments to measure the water content of the planet’s soil.

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54 @ 50

Happy Birthday to the Green Building. This mid-century architectural icon of the MIT campus and EAPS home-base turns 50 years old this month but did you know ...

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Peter Molnar to speak on big cats, Panamá, and armadillos with "A Story of Climate and Life"

Geologist and 2014 Crafoord Prize-winner will deliver the 4th annual John Carlson Lecture Thursday | Oct 15 | 7:00 pm | New England Aquarium

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Glenn Flierl Receives AMS Stommel Award

Professor of Oceanography, Glenn Flierl, has been awarded the Henry Stommel Research Award of the American Meteorological Society  "For fundamental insights into the dynamics of vortices and geostrophic turbulence and their impact on marine ecosystems." .

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Solving the mystery of the “man in the moon”

The Zuber group finds that a volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon’s largest basin.

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Simons Foundation Awards EAPS Investigators

Professors Tanja Bosak, Mick Follows, and Roger Summons are all recent awardees of the Simons Foundation, a private foundation established in 1994 to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences through sponsorship of a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of our world.

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PAOC Goes to Cape Cod

Fascinating talks, stellar variety show, a tour around a local brewery and chances to befriend new colleagues were the highlights of this year's  retreat held at the Cape Codder Resort over the weekend of September 19th-21st.

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Voices of MIT at the People’s Climate March

Some 70 MIT students, researchers, and alumni, among them several from EAPS, marched in the largest climate rally in history.

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Dating Dinosaurs, Reading Rocks

The EAPS Department Fall Field Trip provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with the geology of central Massachusetts.

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Where time stands still, ideas travel generations

The traditions of chalkboard mathematics, mentorship, and ample time to think make the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics program at WHOI a summer school like no other.

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Wrinkles in Time

EAPS professor Tanja Bosak and postdoc Giulio Mariotti report that ripples in ancient rock may be signs of early life.

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Mind the Gap

After tracking seismic shifts, researchers Rob Reilinger and Mike Floyd in EAPS say a major quake may occur off the coast of Istanbul.

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Observing @ MIT

Around 40 people joined EAPS planetary science lecturer Amanda Bosh, ably aided by postdoc David Polishook and EAPS sophomore Robbie Romero on the roof of building 37 Friday to bask in the unseasonably warm early fall night and look at the sky with the help of two 8-inch-diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.

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Back to School

MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences welcomes 21 new graduate students.

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Classroom Earth: DEAPS Yellowstone 2014

Basic earth science from the nature and causes of volcanic eruptions to the origin and diversity of microbial life in hot springs, to what we can tell about past climates from the fossil record: DEAPS Yellowstone brings freshmen up to speed fast.

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Classroom Earth: DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate 2014

Falling fruit, scintillating stargazing, magnificent Mt Washington: All this plus a very EAPS take on the ALS ice bucket challenge.

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Snowfall in a warmer world

Work by Paul O'Gorman finds big snowstorms will still occur in the Northern Hemisphere following global warming.

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Study: Cutting emissions pays for itself

Noelle Selin and co-authors report savings from healthier air can make up for some or all of the cost of carbon-reduction policies.

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An Astrophysicist in Search of E.T.

The Wall Street Journal interviews Professor Sara Seager about her research and her search for extraterrestrial life. "We haven't been able to find the true Earth twin yet because it's so very hard to find. It's like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack," says Seager. 

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Solving the polar climate conundrum

According to researchers in the Marshall Group, ocean circulation explains why the Arctic feels the effects of global warming much more than the Antarctic.

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Broadening the ‘scope’ of microbial oceanography

With an infusion of private funds, EAPS' Mick Follows together with collaborators from CEE, will break new ground in the study of marine microbes at the legendary field site Station ALOHA.

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Rise of the Dinosaurs

New evidence from researchers in the Bowring Lab raises questions about when dinosaurs evolved in North America.

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Two New AGU Fellows

Congratulations to EAPS' Professors Glenn Flierl and Dan Rothman on their election as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union

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Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies

A new study led by Colette Heald finds ozone and higher temperatures can combine to reduce crop yields, but effects will vary by region.

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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 how humans are changing the chemistry of the atmosphere.

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Commencement 2014

Celebrating EAPS Class of 2014 graduates: All the pictures from Hooding and the annual Commencement Reception.

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Searching for Life

Sara Seager on extraterrestrial life: A discovery within reach?

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Phytoplankton Diversity versus Productivity in the Ocean

An ocean ecosystem model from Vallina, Follows, Dutkiewicz and coauthors solves the mysterious relationship between diversity and productivity of marine phytoplankton. 

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