PAOC oversees a broad program of education and research in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences.  We are engaged in some of the most intellectually challenging and important problems in science, such as the chemistry of the ozone hole, the physics of hurricanes and the dynamics of ice ages.

The phenomena under study are exceedingly complex and involve a large array of scientific disciplines - geophysics, geochemistry, physical and chemical oceanography, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, and planetary science. The program carries out research and gives instruction in all of these principal areas.

Perhaps more than any other program in the world, PAOC offers its students unique opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research. In all areas we emphasize a combination of theoretical, observational and modeling approaches. 

The Green Building

PAOC is housed primarily in the top six floors of the Green Building designed by I.M. Pei. A landmark in the history of modern architecture, it is an icon on the MIT campus.

Play Tetris on the Green building by clicking on the image.


Students and researchers come from all over the world attracted not only by our programs but also the city of Cambridge and its environs which contain many institutions active in atmospheric and oceanographic research; Harvard University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Boston Office of the National Weather Service, as well as many private companies. Contact with all of these institutions is maintained through seminars and symposia. Moreover students can formally take subjects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harvard University.

The research and educational programs of PAOC also benefit from the larger intellectual milieu provided by MIT with its strengths in science and engineering. In research there are no departmental boundaries and we collaborate freely across discipline.

PAOC is also involved in undergraduate education within the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.


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