Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Department of Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)

The intellectual interests of EAPS encompass the earth, its fluid envelopes, and its diverse neighbors throughout the solar system.

We seek to understand the fundamental processes defining the origin, evolution, and current states of these systems and to use this understanding to predict the future. The scope of our research and teaching is immense, ranging from the inaccessible depths of the terrestrial interior outward to the orbit of Pluto, and beyond. The objects and systems we study are tangible or visible to the general public and, as exemplified by climate and natural resources, are sometimes central to societal goals.

The phenomena under investigation are often vexingly complex, and they engage a large array of scientific disciplines: Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geobiology, Physical and Chemical Oceanography, Meteorology, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Planetary Science. EAPS operates world-class research and graduate educational programs in all of these disciplines, which makes it unique among earth and planetary science departments both nationally and internationally. Our undergraduate program offers options to study environmental science, geoscience, physics of the atmospheres and oceans, and planetary science and astronomy. The department takes pride in the fact that EAPS undergraduate students become actively involved in our research projects.

Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences links

Visit the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences home page at:
http://eapsweb.mit.edu/

Review the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences curriculum at:
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/resources/curriculum/index.htm#12

Online Resources:

Warren, Bruce A., and Carl Wunsch, eds. Evolution of Physical Oceanography . Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press , 1981. ISBN: 0262231042.
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/textbooks/Wunsch/wunschtext.htm

Price, James F. Topics in Fluid Dynamics: Dimensional Analysis, the Coriolis Force, and Lagrangian and Eulerian Representations
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/resources/price/index.htm


 MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 12.000Solving Complex ProblemsFall 2003
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12.003Physics of Atmospheres and OceansFall 2007
 12.005Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary SciencesSpring 2006
 12.006JNonlinear Dynamics I: ChaosFall 2006
 12.007GeobiologySpring 2003
 12.010Computational Methods of Scientific ProgrammingFall 2005
 12.085Seminar in Environmental ScienceFall 2005
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12.090Special Topics in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences: The Environment of the Earth's SurfaceSpring 2007
 12.091Medical Geology/Geochemistry: An ExposureJanuary (IAP) 2006
 12.091Radon Research in Multidisciplines: A ReviewJanuary (IAP) 2007
 12.091Trace Element Analysis of Geological, Biological & Environmental Materials by Neutron Activation Analysis: An ExposureJanuary (IAP) 2005
 12.097Chemical Investigations of Boston HarborJanuary (IAP) 2006
 12.102Environmental Earth ScienceFall 2005
 12.103Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental PolicyFall 2005
 12.108Structure of Earth MaterialsFall 2004
 12.109PetrologyFall 2005
 12.110Sedimentary GeologyFall 2004
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12.110Sedimentary GeologySpring 2007
 12.113Structural GeologyFall 2005
 12.114Field Geology IFall 2005
 12.119Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic SamplesSpring 2006
 12.141Electron Microprobe Analysis by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray SpectrometryJanuary (IAP) 2006
 12.163Surface Processes and Landscape EvolutionFall 2004
 12.201Essentials of GeophysicsFall 2004
 12.215Modern NavigationFall 2006
 12.301Past and Present ClimateFall 2006
 12.333Atmospheric and Ocean CirculationsSpring 2004
 12.400The Solar SystemSpring 2006
 12.402JIntroduction to AstronomySpring 2006
 12.409Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and PlanetsSpring 2002
 12.463Surface Processes and Landscape EvolutionFall 2004
 12.501Essentials of GeophysicsFall 2004
 12.842Past and Present ClimateFall 2006
 12.S56GPS: Civilian Tool or Military Weapon?Fall 2005
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 MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 12.091Trace Element Analysis of Geological, Biological & Environmental Materials by Neutron Activation Analysis: An ExposureJanuary (IAP) 2005
 12.141Electron Microprobe Analysis by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray SpectrometryJanuary (IAP) 2006
 12.163Surface Processes and Landscape EvolutionFall 2004
 12.201Essentials of GeophysicsFall 2004
 12.301Past and Present ClimateFall 2006
 12.306Atmospheric Physics and ChemistrySpring 2006
 12.453Crosby Lectures in Geology: History of AfricaFall 2005
 12.458Molecular BiogeochemistryFall 2006
 12.463Surface Processes and Landscape EvolutionFall 2004
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12.480Thermodynamics for GeoscientistsFall 2006
 12.490Advanced Igneous PetrologyFall 2005
 12.491Advanced Seminar in Geology and Geochemistry: Organic GeochemistryFall 2005
 12.501Essentials of GeophysicsFall 2004
 12.510Introduction to SeismologySpring 2005
 12.517Dynamics of Complex Systems: Biological and Environmental Coevolution Preceding the Cambrian ExplosionSpring 2005
 12.517Dynamics of Complex Systems: Complexity in EcologySpring 2000
 12.517Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological TheorySpring 2001
 12.520GeodynamicsFall 2006
 12.524Mechanical Properties of RocksFall 2005
 12.540Principles of the Global Positioning SystemSpring 2003
 12.570Seminar in Geophysics: Mantle ConvectionSpring 1998
 12.570Seminar in Geophysics: Thermal and Chemical Evolution of the EarthSpring 2005
 12.570Structure and Dynamics of the CMB RegionSpring 2004
 12.581Phase Transitions in the Earth's InteriorSpring 2005
 12.620JClassical Mechanics: A Computational ApproachFall 2002
 12.740PaleoceanographySpring 2006
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12.746Marine Organic GeochemistrySpring 2005
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12.753Geodynamics SeminarSpring 2001
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12.753Geodynamics SeminarSpring 2005
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12.753Geodynamics SeminarSpring 2006
 12.757Science and CommunicationSpring 2005
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12.759Marine Chemistry SeminarSpring 2006
 12.800Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere and OceanFall 2004
 12.802Wave Motions in the Ocean and AtmosphereSpring 2004
 12.804Large-scale Flow Dynamics LabFall 2005
 12.806JAtmospheric Physics and ChemistrySpring 2006
 12.808Introduction to Observational Physical OceanographyFall 2004
 12.811Tropical MeteorologySpring 2005
 12.812General Circulation of the Earth's AtmosphereFall 2005
 12.815Atmospheric RadiationFall 2006
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12.820Turbulence in the Ocean and AtmosphereSpring 2007
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12.820Turbulence in the Ocean and AtmosphereSpring 2006
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12.822Turbulence in the Ocean and AtmosphereSpring 2006
 12.842Past and Present ClimateFall 2006
 12.848JGlobal Climate Change: Economics, Science, and PolicySpring 2004
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12.848JGlobal Climate Change: Economics, Science, and PolicySpring 2007
 12.864Inference from Data and ModelsSpring 2005
 12.950Atmospheric and Oceanic ModelingSpring 2004
 12.990Prediction and Predictability in the Atmosphere and OceansSpring 2003
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