Our Fellows receive funding to investigate the critical issue of how climate change impacts humanity. Learn about some of their recent research and see their work in the news.
Our summer intern program is now accepting applications from NYC area high school students who want to gain hands-on research experience.
Scientists affiliated with the Center for Climate and Life are presenting their research at the world’s largest gathering of Earth and space scientists.
Research by Linsley, a Center for Climate and Life-funded scientist, is the subject of a Reuters interactive on how corals are used to help predict future climate trends.
Richard Seager and Park Williams, Lamont scientists funded by the Center for Climate and Life are among the researchers on the 2019 Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers list.
Our Center for Climate and Life Fellows are investigating the critical issue of climate change and how it will impact humanity. Learn more about their recent research progress and work in the news.
Sonya Dyhrman, a microbial oceanographer at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, explains how human-caused climate change is harming ocean health.
Pierre Dutrieux, an oceanographer and 2019 Climate and Life Fellow, discusses his Antarctic research and what the new IPCC report says about sea level rise.
In 2019, two IODP expeditions to learn more about Earth’s climate history sailed under the leadership of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists.
Join the Center for Climate and Life on September 21 at a groundbreaking New York City climate event designed to inform and inspire.
As global temperatures continue to inch up as a result of rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say summer will change in numerous ways.
Lamont climate experts Park Williams and Richard Seager discuss why California wildfires are expected to expand and intensify with climate change.
Lamont scientists representing a range of research disciplines and career stages are to receive honors from the internationally influential earth and space science organization.
Jonny Kingslake and Elizabeth Case are developing a technique that uses ice-penetrating radar to measure how quickly snow turns to ice. To take measurements, they camped in the Juneau icefields for a few weeks.
A new study combs through the factors that can promote wildfires in California, and concludes that in many cases, warming climate is the decisive driver.
An assembly of science and business leaders cast an optimistic light on the energy sector’s growing role in reducing CO2 emissions but also underscored the imperative for the energy revolution to happen quickly.
In this video, Jonny Kingslake and Elizabeth Case discuss their research and visit to the Juneau, Alaska ice sheet, where they conducted fieldwork in collaboration with students from the Juneau Icefield Research Program.
The improved climate predictions can help provide increased resilience to sea level rise, superstorms, extreme temperature events, and recurrent drought.
Maureen Raymo and Gisela Winckler are co-chief scientists for two different International Ocean Discovery Program expeditions aboard the JOIDES Resolution.
New developments in climate research led by atmospheric scientist Yutian Wu, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, are steadily making more sense of the changes we are witnessing in winter weather.
On February 21, Columbia University scientists learned the essentials of science communication during a half-day workshop at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
The microbial oceanographer was elected a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of her scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced the field of microbiology.
Peter de Menocal, director of the Center for Climate and Life, and Columbia University climate scientist Kate Marvel spoke with Alec Baldwin about what scientists really understand about the climate and how — and why there’s reason for hope.
Real-Time Earth, an initiative led by researchers at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is upgrading the technological capabilities of the Observatory and transforming the way its scientists study our planet.
Peter Kelemen is mapping rocks in Oman to explore their potential for storing away excess carbon dioxide from the air; he’s also the authors of a chapter on carbon mineralization for a new National Academy of Sciences report.
Park Williams, a bioclimatologist and Center for Climate and Life Fellow, has found that rising temperatures influence wildfires in the American West.
Chia-Ying Lee, a Climate and Life Fellow, and other Columbia scientists explain why it’s difficult to predict exactly how strong, or intense, Hurricane Florence will be.
Eight local high school students recently worked on independent research projects alongside our scientists as part of the Center for Climate and Life Summer Intern Program.
Two scientists affiliated with the Center for Climate and Life are leading research that examines some of the ways climate change affects ocean health.
The world’s growing population means global demand for food could increase dramatically by 2050. Yet the impacts of climate change threaten our food supplies.
Business leaders and climate scientists recently met to discuss how advances in climate science research can be used to reduce investment risk and improve returns.
Columbia’s Center for Climate Systems Research is building a network analysis program that can pinpoint trouble spots in the global food trade system.
The new research, co-authored by glaciologist Jonathan Kingslake, could help to refine predictions about how today’s warming climate will impact polar ice and sea level rise.
On May 4, members of the business community gathered at a midtown Manhattan investment bank to learn how advances in climate science can be used to reduce investment risk and improve returns.
To help predict the future of sea level rise, scientists from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are studying ancient corals on the island of Barbados.
In March, a team of scientists led by Climate and Life Fellow William D’Andrea collected sediment cores from wetlands on Rapa Nui, which will be used to examine aspects of climatic, environmental, and human land-use history.
Climate scientist Radley Horton is bringing the effects of sea level rise to the attention of decision-makers and fostering discussions to help society more effectively confront climate change.
Marco Tedesco and Robin Bell, polar scientists at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory polar scientists, provide a primer for non-scientists on the study of climate change as it relates to sea level changes.
Gisela Winckler and Joerg Schaefer, Lamont-Doherty scientists and Center for Climate and Life Fellows, are working to develop a more detailed picture of the past, present, and future of the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Two new papers find that the line that divides the moist East and arid West is edging eastward due to climate change—and the implications for farming and other pursuits could be huge.
Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flooding risks across the globe by the 2040s, says a new study. The increases will be greatest in the U.S., central Europe, Indonesia, and parts of India and Africa.
2017 was our biggest year yet. We’re excited to share our top moments, made possible by our community and their commitment to understanding the critical issue of climate change and its impacts on humanity.
A new study co-authored by Maureen Raymo calculates that if we eat half as many burgers and steaks each week, it could have a profound effect on carbon emissions and the environment.
A plankton-like species is attacking the base of the food chain in the Arabian sea, disrupting water quality and killing fish. Researchers at Lamont-Doherty are learning how to fight back.
In a remote region around Kenya’s Lake Turkana, Kevin Uno collects fossils and sediments which are used to understand how climate affected our ancestors millions of years ago.
A reporter from National Geographic joined paleoclimatologist Billy D’Andrea and his colleagues for an expedition to gather vital climate data in the Norwegian Arctic.
Two solar arrays in Upstate New York will be up and ready at the end of November, poised to provide power and to help to reduce the Lamont campus’ carbon footprint.
Concurrent with the announcement that human carbon emissions reached a new peak this year, Galen McKinley, a researcher at Lamont-Doherty, discusses the difficulties of tracking the sources and destinations of carbon dioxide.
Radley Horton and Timothy Hall, two Columbia University climate scientists who contributed to the new Climate Science Special Report, discuss its scientific findings.
Storms of intensities seen today, combined with a few meters increase in sea level, were enough to transport massive coastal boulders more than 100,000 years ago.
The landlocked are surrounding the Dead Sea suffered long megadroughts in the past. Now, climate change threatens to inflict such conditions again on this already sere, volatile region.
During a conference at Columbia University, scientists pinpointed areas where advances in fire prediction can be made within the next decade.
A video filmed by Lamont marine biologist Andy Juhl reveals mature jellyfish under the Arctic sea ice, where they aren’t supposed to be.
A new white paper explores how advances in climate science can inform near-term investments in the global economy.
If a serious cyclone were to strike Mumbai, the results could be catastrophic, says a study underway by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate.
Billy D’Andrea’s research on the experiences of the Vikings may provide a kind of object lesson on how changing climate can affect civilizations.
The better climate models become, the harder it is to use them. A team of Columbia scientists and their colleagues are working to fix that.
Hoaxes have been calling Irma a Category 6 hurricane, but there’s no such thing. Could there be, in the future?
Over the past day and a half, Hurricane Harvey’s winds have quickened from about 35 to 109 miles per hour. What’s driving this massive power-up?
A new study found that the northeastern U.S. is at particular risk for physical and economic effects of climate hazards.
It’s not unusual for ice shelves to calve, many in the climate community fear that the breaking of Larsen C may be a signal of other events to come.
The Center has awarded nearly $1 million to four scientists whose research will improve understanding of how climate change impacts the essentials of human sustainability.
Once scientists could only observe Earth from above by using manned aircraft or satellites. Today they’re using drones to expand their research as never before.
Last winter, reporters from The New York Times joined Lamont scientists as they flew their mission of discovery over Antarctica.
Billy D’Andrea is investigating the relationship between environmental change and characteristics of early settlements in Arctic Norway.
New research offers the first comprehensive model for understanding differences in sea level rise along North America’s East Coast.
A study co-authored by Michael Puma found food security risks for the entire globe hiding in the water use practices of major food producing nations.
The melting of glaciers will affect drinking water supplies, water needed to grow food and supply energy, as well as global sea levels.
How did our climate system behave the last time it warmed up like it’s doing today?
A new coral salinity record shows that the most significant hydroclimatic feature in the Southern Hemisphere influences a major Pacific Ocean current.
Polar scientists give Obama a warm farewell by collecting climate data in his name.
The four new Fellows are a diverse group of junior and mid-career scientists with research interests spanning a range of climate topics and regions.
Floats deployed by Lamont scientists will find areas where warmer than normal water could put the Ross Ice Shelf at risk.
In the far north, climate is warming two to three times faster than the global average. How will these changes affect tundra and boreal forests?
Figuring out how far sea level rose during past warm periods in Earth’s history starts with a walk on the beach, a keen eye for evidence of ancient shorelines, and a highly accurate GPS system.
Lamont scientists have developed ways to relatively quickly turn carbon dioxide captured from power plants to a solid for long-term storage.
An expedition to the Canadian Arctic and west coast of Greenland is a moving and motivating experience for leading climate scientist Maureen Raymo.
A new internship program enables high school students to gain hands-on research experience while working alongside Climate and Life scientists.