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DEAPS – Discover Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Extreme Weather and Climate Program

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences provides a unique environment to study the multi-faceted nature of the science of the Earth and other planets. We thrive on interdisciplinary ventures, seeking to understand the fundamental workings of natural systems by examining physical, chemical, and biological processes occurring across a vast spectrum of time and space.

The Discover EAPS four-day exploration program will dive deep into some of the most interesting and challenging aspects of earth science, planetary science, and weather and climate research. 

The first day of the program will be dedicated to the Earth systems and their dynamic interactions in the past and present. Over its 4.5 billion-year history, Earth has undergone transformative changes from a molten mass to a life-sustaining planet. How has life evolved from simple single-celled organisms to the complex biodiversity we see today? How did plate tectonics shape New England? How do we understand the landscape around Boston and MIT? 

The second day of the program will be devoted to extreme weather events and climate. What do we know about extreme weather including the nature and frequency of hurricanes and winter blizzards? Students will also explore current issues of climate research. What have we learned from the past climate, what do we know of the present, and what can we say about the future? 

In the evenings students will be exposed to the challenges of observational astronomy and learn about planetary science at the Wallace Observatory in Westford, MA.

The last two days of the program will be spent on a trip to New Hampshire. This will include stops in the White Mountains where plate tectonics built a mountain range, glaciers shaped the landscape, and “extreme weather” is the norm.

Throughout the four days, students will have the opportunity to work in small groups, experiment, and make observations. Results will be discussed with peers and faculty. DEAPs provides a range of opportunities for incoming first years to meet other undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty interested in planets, climate change, and Earth’s environments.

DEAPS – Weather and Climate Specifics

  • Dates: Tuesday, August 20 – Saturday, August 24, 2024
  • Available Spaces: 25
  • Cost: $150