With lidar and artificial intelligence, road status clears up after a disaster

Automated tools can help emergency managers make decisions, plan routes, and quantify road damage at city scales.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence imaging natural-disasters research sensors weather radar technology-and-society algorithms lincoln-laboratory disaster-response

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

An algorithm with an eye for visibility helps pilots in Alaska

Real-time visibility estimates are a critical need in remote areas where visual flight is common and automated weather stations are scarce.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Jan. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: imaging research weather aviation algorithms lincoln-laboratory

Study: For low-income countries, climate action pays off by 2050

Economic benefits of mitigation arrive much sooner than previously thought.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change energy environment poverty climate carbon economics policy greenhouse-gases natural-disasters emissions research weather joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Climate change makes summer weather stormier yet more stagnant

Study finds rising temperatures feed more energy to thunderstorms, less to general circulation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change climate global-warming research weather school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

A “pacemaker” for North African climate

Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 2, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: africa geology environment climate anthropology research weather school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Featured video: MIT's meteorology pioneers | MIT News

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences honors trailblazing professors Jule Charney and Edward Lorenz with a tribute to their lives and legacies.

MIT News Office • mit
April 17, 2018 ~1 min

Tags:  climate  history-of-science  weather  school-of-science  featured-video  history-of-mit  eaps

Evading in-flight lightning strikes | MIT News

MIT study shows electrically charging planes would reduce their risk of being struck by lightning.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 8, 2018 ~8 min

Tags:  research  weather  drones  school-of-engineering  aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering  engineering-systems

Texas’ odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century | MIT News

Study finds state’s annual risk of extreme rainfall will rise from 1 to 18 percent.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 13, 2017 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  climate  global-warming  greenhouse-gases  natural-disasters  emissions  research  weather  school-of-science  national-science-foundation-nsf  computer-modeling  eaps  earth-and-atmospheric-sciences  lorenz-center

Presentation practice: Hurricanes to prosthetics | MIT News

Students hone their communication skills by presenting their research projects at the 4th annual Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition.

Mary Beth O'Leary | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
Oct. 2, 2017 ~5 min

Tags:  research  weather  assistive-technology  students  awards-honors-and-fellowships  mechanical-engineering  school-of-engineering  undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop  contests-and-academic-competitions

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