Why clouds are the missing piece in the climate change puzzle

Clouds can act as both blanket and parasol – warming our atmosphere at the same time as cooling it. But which effect will dominate?

Ric Williams, Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of Liverpool • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Arctic warming: are record temperatures and fires arriving earlier than scientists predicted?

The high temperatures and wildfires of 2019 were thought to have heralded a freak summer for the Arctic. Then 2020 brought worse.

Christopher J White, Senior Lecturer in Water & Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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We caught bacteria from the most pristine air on earth to help solve a climate modeling mystery

Climate models have been overestimating how much sunlight hits the Southern Ocean. This is because the clouds there are different from clouds anywhere else. Bacterial DNA helped us understand why.

Thomas Hill, Research Scientist, Colorado State University • conversation
June 19, 2020 ~9 min

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We climate scientists won't know exactly how the crisis will unfold until it’s too late

Humanity at risk if we keep thinking everything is under control

Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Statistics and Data Science Center holds inaugural conference | MIT News

SDSCon 2017 gathers community and showcases research projects that apply data science to major systems and issues.

Stefanie Koperniak | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
May 5, 2017 ~4 min

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3Q: Refocusing climate research in a new era | MIT News

Associate Professor Paul O'Gorman describes three questions climate scientists recently suggested should frame the future of climate research.

Lauren Hinkel | Climate@MIT • mit
May 3, 2017 ~10 min

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Solving the mystery of the Antarctic’s missing heat | MIT News

New research may explain why sea temperatures around Antarctica haven’t risen as much as surface temperatures around the globe.

Lauren Hinkel | Oceans at MIT • mit
June 17, 2016 ~11 min

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Bubbling with passion for environmental engineering | MIT News

A witness to “a montage of environmental changes” in her native China, grad student Ruby Fu now studies the fate of methane bubbles in the ocean.

Kelsey Damrad | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
June 19, 2015 ~8 min

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A model year for climate change | MIT News

Climate expert Jochem Marotzke tackles the discrepancy between climate models and real-world observations in the 15th annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture.

Cassie Martin | Oceans at MIT • mit
April 21, 2015 ~8 min

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