MIT Stories

  • MITgcm News | March 27, 2012

    Under the Ice

    In a new paper published in the Annals of Glaciology, long-time MITgcm users Patrick Heimbach and Martic Losch investigate the sensitivity of sub-ice-shelf melt rates under the Pine Island Ice Shelf, West Antarctica, to changes in the oceanic state.
  • MIT News | March 21, 2012

    Water world

    Video: Melanie Gonick Fluid dynamics plays a central role in determining Earth's climate. Ocean currents and eddies stir up contents from the deep, while atmospheric winds and weather systems steer temperature and moisture around the globe. As the pl...
  • MIT News | March 14, 2012

    Guiding robot planes with hand gestures

    Video: Melanie Gonick Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions, researchers at MIT are working on a system that would enable them...
  • MIT News | March 5, 2012

    In the World: How rainwater can meet clean-water needs

    At a remote village called Bisate in the desperately poor nation of Rwanda, a clinic faced chronic shortages of water during the nation’s twice-yearly dry seasons. Sometimes there was simply not enough water available even for seriously dehydrated pa...
  • MIT News | February 28, 2012

    A climate window in the Southern Ocean

    The world’s oceans act as a massive conveyor, circulating heat, water and carbon around the planet. This global system plays a key role in climate change, storing and releasing heat throughout the world. To study how this system affects climate, scie...
  • MITgcm News | February 16, 2012

    Modeling the Gulf of Aqaba (Gulf of Eilat)

    Long-time MITgcm-ers Eli Biton and Hezi Gildor have been using the model to explore the circulation in the Gulf of Aqaba (Gulf of Eilat), a terminal elongated basin that exchanges water with the northern Red Sea
  • MIT News | January 26, 2012

    Viruses con bacteria into working for them

    MIT researchers have discovered that certain photosynthetic ocean bacteria should beware of viruses bearing gifts: These viruses are carrying genetic material taken from their previous bacterial hosts that tricks the new host into using its own machine...
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | January 4, 2012

    Microbe Metabolism

    Diverse microorganisms undergoing growth and reproduction. As organisms evolved from simple prokaryotes to unicellular eukaryotes to multicellular organisms their strategies for internal energy partitioning dramatically changed as illustrated by a recent mathematical model. Image courtesy of Mari Kempes Population growth rate is a fundamental ecological and evolutionary characteristic of living organisms, but individuals must balance … Continue reading Microbe Metabolism
  • MITgcm News | January 1, 2012

    2011 Research Roundup

    To round off the year we have collected a sample of 2011 research articles that involved MITgcm in some way. Take a look...
  • MIT News | December 21, 2011

    Modeling the spread of radioactivity in seawater

    When earthquake-triggered tsunami waves hit Japan in March, the surging water overtopped seawalls and caused massive damage. On top of the loss of life and general destruction, the disaster resulted in a release of radioactive seawater. Researchers Cha...
  • MIT News | December 6, 2011

    Marilyn Wolfson named 2012 fellow of the American Meteorological Society

    Marilyn M. Wolfson SM '83, PhD '90, associate leader of the Weather Sensing Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). She was recognized for “outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or...
  • MIT, MITgcm News | December 1, 2011

    Wind Stress and Southern Ocean Meridional Overturning

    Ryan Abernathey and co-workers have been using idealised MITgcm simulations to explore the dependence of Southern Ocean meridional overturning on wind stress.
  • MIT News | November 10, 2011

    Helping robots hold on

    Since the 1970s, when early autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) were developed at MIT, Institute scientists have tackled various barriers to robots that can travel autonomously in the deep ocean. This four-part series examines current MIT efforts ...
  • MIT News | November 8, 2011

    Using a phone to fly a drone

    Imagine controlling an airplane in flight just by holding your iPhone out in front of you: tilting it in the direction you want the plane to travel, or raising it to make the plane fly higher. Or tapping a point on a map on the screen, and having the p...
  • MIT News | November 4, 2011

    Blooming ocean fronts

    Each spring, huge patches of phytoplankton bloom in the oceans, turning cold, blue waters into teeming green pools of microbial life. This ocean “greening,” which can be seen from space, mirrors the springtime thaw on land. But while spring arrives...
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