Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters

Method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: algorithms fluid-dynamics ocean-science mechanical-engineering oceanography-and-ocean-engineering research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions

Instrument may help scientists assess the ocean’s response to climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: eaps ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering physics research school-of-science sensors water climate-change

Researchers explore ocean microbes’ role in climate effects

When they encounter nutrient oases in the marine desert, marine bacteria release a gas involved in climate regulation.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering climate-change civil-and-environmental-engineering microfluidics ocean-science national-science-foundation-nsf oceanography-and-ocean-engineering bacteria environment

Staring into the vortex

MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies.

EAPS • mit
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: eaps school-of-science climate climate-change environment water sustainability research ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering fluid-dynamics weather earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Scientists quantify how wave power drives coastal erosion

The average power of waves hitting a coastline can predict how fast that coast will erode.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: earth-and-atmospheric-science environment geology ocean-science research eaps school-of-science water oceanography-and-ocean-engineering

How biomarkers can record and reconstruct climate trends

Scientists reveal the genes and proteins controlling the chemical structure of a paleoclimate biomarker.

Fatima Husain | EAPS • mit
Dec. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: eaps school-of-science research climate ocean-science dna biology geology climate-change microbes evolution genetics bacteria earth-and-atmospheric-sciences national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe

Oil and water: Studying pressing environmental dilemmas in the Middle East

Visiting Assistant Professor Maryam Rashed Alshehhi models a region with freshwater shortages, oil spills, and frequent dust storms.

Kelsey Tsipis | EAPS • mit
Dec. 26, 2018 ~8 min

Tags: eaps school-of-science research climate-change earth-and-atmospheric-sciences ocean-science environment middle-east profile water oil-and-gas

Oil and water: Studying the Persian Gulf's most pressing environmental dilemmas

Visiting Assistant Professor Maryam Rashed Alshehhi models a region with freshwater shortages, oil spills, and frequent dust storms.

Kelsey Tsipis | EAPS • mit
Dec. 26, 2018 ~9 min

Tags: eaps school-of-science research climate-change earth-and-atmospheric-sciences ocean-science environment middle-east profile water oil-and-gas

New climate model to be built from the ground up

Scientists and engineers will collaborate in a new Climate Modeling Alliance to advance climate modeling and prediction.

School of Science • mit
Dec. 12, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: research eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment fluid-dynamics ocean-science oceans-at-mit school-of-science collaboration climate climate-change oceanography-and-ocean-engineering nasa national-science-foundation-nsf

Building the ultimate record of the ocean

Carl Wunsch continues to expand his foundational framework for understanding the behavior of worldwide oceans as a whole.

Kelsey Tsipis | EAPS • mit
Nov. 21, 2018 ~6 min

Tags: school-of-science eaps ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering environment fluid-dynamics global-warming earth-and-atmospheric-sciences climate-change research faculty

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