The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) has broad intellectual horizons that encompass the solid Earth, its fluid envelopes, and its diverse neighbors throughout the solar system and beyond. The Department seeks to understand the fundamental processes defining the origin, evolution and current state of these systems and to use this understanding to predict future states. EAPS is notable for emphasis on interdisciplinary problems. The Earth System Initiative (ESI) was formed in 2002 to encourage and coordinate multidisciplinary research efforts in the earth sciences and engineering at MIT. The Earth Resources Laboratory is broadening its base to include a wider range of geophysical, geological, and environmental topics. The Center for Global Change Science (including the Climate Modeling Initiative) and the Program in Atmospheric, Oceans and Climate continue to foster cross-fertilization among all areas of the earth sciences that control the climate system. Research activities are gradually broadening so that geologists are now working with oceanographers and atmospheric scientists, and models of the climate system have been constructed both for the modern system and for times deep in the geological past. Department faculty also continue to play leading roles in the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. EAPS has vigorous graduate educational programs in geology and geochemistry, geophysics, atmospheres, oceans, climate, and planetary science. The EAPS graduate program includes students in the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program.
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