PAOC Retreat 2017
Sep 22 – Sep 24 all-day

We are pleased to announce the 2017 PAOC retreat. Mark your calendars!

Join us on the 4th weekend of September, Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th, for a relaxing and stimulating retreat at Ret Jacket Mountain View Resort, North Conway, New Hampshire. More details to come throughout the summer!

Retreat committee: Henri Drake, Ziwei Li, Julia Middleton, Raphael Rousseau-Rizzi, Lydia Babcock-Adams, Martin Wolf, Annie Bourbonnais.

Open to: the PAOC community


SEG Annual Meeting
Sep 24 – Sep 29 all-day
Field Geology | 12.115/12.482 Planning Meeting @ 54-824
Sep 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Mark your calendars: The first planning meeting for our IAP course “Field Geology | 12.115/12.482” is happening MONDAY SEP 25 at 10:30AM in Bldg. 54-824. Hope to see you there!

PAOC Colloquium: Allison Wing (FSU) @ Ida Green Lounge
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Title: The role of radiative-convective feedbacks in tropical cyclone formation in numerical simulations

Interactions between convection, moisture, clouds, and radiation can cause tropical convection to “self-aggregate” in idealized numerical simulations. Here, we explore the role of these processes in tropical cyclone formation. First, we perform idealized numerical simulations of rotating radiative-convective equilibrium with a cloud-resolving model, in which, rather than using a weak vortex or moist bubble to initialize the circulation, we allow a circulation to form spontaneously in a homogeneous environment. We compare the resulting tropical cyclogenesis to non-rotating self-aggregation. We find that in the initial development of a broad circulation, the feedback processes leading to cyclogenesis are similar to the initial phase of non-rotating aggregation. Sensitivity tests in which the degree of interactive radiation is modified are also performed to determine the extent to which the radiative feedbacks that are essential to non-rotating self-aggregation are important for tropical cyclogenesis. Radiative feedbacks are found to accelerate cyclogenesis but are not strictly necessary for it to occur.

We then explore the tropical cyclogenesis and intensification processes in realistic historical simulations of tropical cyclones with five high-resolution global climate models. We track the formation and evolution of tropical cyclones in the climate model simulations and apply a moist static energy budget analysis both along the individual tracks and composited over many tropical cyclones. We find that the genesis processes, in terms of the contributions to the moist static energy variance budget, are qualitatively similar across all models and to the cloud-resolving model simulations.

ERL Reception at SEG
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MIT alumni, sponsors and friends are invited to a cocktail reception in coordination with the 2017 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Meeting in Houston, TX.
The Westin Houston Downtown
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:00 — 8:00 p.m.
RSVP by September 1st to Josh Kastorf  |  617-253-8028  |

MIT Energy Club Launch
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: MIT Energy Club
Event website:

You are cordially invited to the MIT Energy Club Launch!
Admission is free. Dinner will be served. Format is a casual club fair.

Interested in energy technology and business?
Curious about exciting energy events happening around MIT?
Want to explore taking on a leadership role for yourself within the Energy Club?
Then come to the Launch on September 26th, and meet MIT peers immersed in energy fields that you care about: batteries, solar, oil & gas, self-driving cars, electricity access in the developing world…and much more.

At Launch, you can talk 1-on-1 with representatives from the Energy Club’s many events and affiliates, including:
-Energy Hackathon, Energy Conference, Energy Night, Transportation Club, Water Club, Energy for Development, Sloan Energy Club, HBS Energy Club, Joules: Women in Energy, Clean Energy Prize Entrepreneurship Competition, and many more.

We hope to see you there!
Caroline Liu & Jeff Chao
MIT Energy Club Co-Presidents

Thursday Faculty Lunches – John Fernandez (ESI)
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Thursday Faculty Lunches
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
NO GLS Seminar – Student Holiday
Sep 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The GLS Seminar is open to all EAPS Graduate Students, Researchers and Postdocs.

GLS Seminar
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The GLS Seminar is open to all EAPS Graduate Students, Researchers and Postdocs.