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Our summer intern program is now accepting applications from NYC area high school students who want to gain hands-on research experience.
Dan Westervelt, a 2019 Center for Climate and Life Fellow, received funding to address the ongoing air pollution crisis in three large sub-Saharan African cities.
Scientists affiliated with the Center for Climate and Life are presenting their research at the world’s largest gathering of Earth and space scientists.
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.
A $2.3M grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will enable scientists to tackle some of the most difficult scientific problems and data challenges in climate data science.
Peter de Menocal, the Center’s director, will talk about climate change and its effects on the economy, sustainability, and global security on December 4 at Lamont-Doherty.
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.
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.
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.
Funding from the Zegar Family Foundation will enable Williams to create a tool to help scientists better understand how wildfires in the Western United States may behave in the future.
Over the past two years, we’ve awarded to $2.1 million to 10 leading Columbia climate scientists, quadrupled our research funding, and much more. We’re pleased to share our journey with you in our new Biennial Report.
Climate models predict that as a result of human-induced climate change, the surface of the Pacific Ocean should be warming. But one key part is not.
The three new Fellows, all scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will pursue high-risk, high-reward research that furthers understanding of how climate change impacts human sustainability.
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.
New research funded by the Center for Climate and Life could provide insight into the global decline of coral reefs in the 20th century.
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.
The two Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists received funding from the Center for Climate and Life to examine the vulnerability of Greenland’s massive ice sheet.
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.
The third annual conference will examine two interrelated business trends that are of interest to the investment community, and their relationship to climate change.
The current megadrought in the American West may be one of the most severe in the past 1200 years, says new research by Park Williams, one of our Fellows.
Atmospheric scientist Yutian Wu received funding from the Center for Climate and Life to investigate whether the ongoing, rapid decline of sea ice cover in the Arctic promotes extreme weather over North America.
The workshop will bring together an international group of observation-based research, modeling, lab, and policy experts to discuss the state of knowledge of extreme air pollution events.
Geochemist Joerg Schaefer, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, was interviewed by PRI about his research on the instability of Greenland’s massive ice sheet.
Cook, a Climate and Life Fellow and a co-founder of the Lamont Tree Ring Lab, explains how he uses tree rings to study past climate and advance understanding of drought.
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.
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.
The donation from Dirk Ziff (CC’88) and Daniel Ziff (CC’96) will support research on climate change impacts, ocean health, and adaptation.
Columbia’s Center for Climate Systems Research is building a network analysis program that can pinpoint trouble spots in the global food trade system.
An atmospheric scientist seeking to understand how the rapid decline of Arctic sea ice will impact North American weather extremes is the Center’s newest Fellow.
A combination of urbanization and a warming climate are causing cloud cover to plummet in southern coastal California, leading to increased risk of wildfires.
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.
Tree-ring scientist Laia Andreu-Hayles received funding from the Center for Climate and Life to collect and develop tree-ring records for tropical forests in Bolivia and Peru.
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.
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.
Columbia University and data-analytics firm Jupiter will collaborate on improved hurricane track simulations so that the public and private sectors can plan for weather and climate risks.
Researchers report a sharp drop in salinity in the North Atlantic Ocean over the last decade, providing the most detailed look yet at changing ocean conditions in the region.
The death of coral reefs is a more significant factor in the erosion of tropical coastlines than rising sea levels, says research by Lamont’s Alessio Rovere and an international team of scientists.
Citizen scientists are invited to contribute to a project led by Marco Tedesco, who’s investigating the properties of snow in the eastern U.S. and how that snow is changing over time.
Robertson, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, is creating a forecasting system that will help societies adapt and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Center for Climate and Life Fellow Chia-Ying Lee is examining how wind field asymmetries and variability impact tropical cyclone risk and how these can be included in risk models.
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.
In coming decades, the effects of high humidity in many areas may surpass humans’ ability to work or, in some cases, even survive.
Center for Climate and Fellow Billy D’Andrea is trying to understand Easter Island’s climate history over the last few thousand years and how communities dealt with past climate change.
A new study shows that even minor deterioration of ice shelves can instantaneously hasten the decline of ice hundreds of miles landward.
Center for Climate and Life Fellow Pratigya Polissar is developing new tools to look at the history of plants and ecosystems on Earth over the past 20 million years.
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.
Columbia University climate scientists Peter de Menocal, director of the Center for Climate and Life, Radley Horton, and Kate Marvel discuss climate science and solutions.
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 warmer, more acidic waters caused by climate change influence the behavior of tiny marine organisms essential to ocean health.
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.
Volcanic eruptions have been known to cool global climate, but they can also exacerbate the melting of ice sheets, says a new study.
A video filmed by Lamont marine biologist Andy Juhl reveals mature jellyfish under the Arctic sea ice, where they aren’t supposed to be.
Humans migrated out of Africa to escape a drying climate, about 60,000 years ago, according to a new study in the journal Geology.
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.
It’s too soon to say there’s a connection, but searching for the fingerprints of climate change shouldn’t take too long.
Global warming-related rises in winter temperatures could significantly extend the range of one of the world’s most aggressive tree-killing insects.
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 validates that the East Antarctic ice sheet should remain stable even if the western ice sheet melts.
A new study found that the northeastern U.S. is at particular risk for physical and economic effects of climate hazards.
Carbon capture and storage technologies are an essential tool for substantially reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to combat global warming.
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.
A new initiative accelerates Columbia’s commitment to advance knowledge and solve some of the greatest scientific challenges facing the world today.
Scientists have found evidence for a possible abrupt change in the Sahel, a region long characterized by aridity and political instability.
Research by geophysicist Christine McCarthy reveals how glaciers move, what makes them speed up, and how they are contributing to sea level rise as the climate warms.
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.
Self-pity is a luxury we can’t afford right now. We need science to inform our actions in a fast-changing world, and we need to keep asking questions.
Last winter, reporters from The New York Times joined Lamont scientists as they flew their mission of discovery over Antarctica.
We’re working to understand and predict climate change variability and its impacts — and we’re devoted to applying this knowledge to solutions.
The health and environmental benefits of U.S. clean air policies extend to global climate.
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.
On May 2, 2017, Lamont-Doherty and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School co-host a Social Enterprise Leadership Forum.
Learn more about our research and initiatives at Earth Day Texas, the largest Earth Day celebration in the world, April 21-23, 2017 in Dallas.
Michael J. Puma, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, discusses his new study on groundwater depletion worldwide and the implications for food security.
A report by Columbia University and Willis Re says that the average annual loss from severe convective storms was $11.23 billion for the period 2003-2015.
Center for Climate and Life Fellow Park Williams studies trees and climate. In this video he talks about his research, why it’s important, and what inspires him.
Changes in the annual summer monsoon that drops rain onto East Asia likely altered the course of early human cultures in China, say the authors of a new study.
Two scientists who untangled the forces that drive El Niño, the world’s most powerful weather cycle, won the 2017 Vetlesen Prize for achievement in Earth sciences.
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.
Evidence buried in Greenland’s bedrock shows that the Greenland Ice Sheet nearly disappeared for an extended time in the last million years or so.
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?
23 million years ago, the Antarctic ice sheet was shrinking quickly. A new study by Lamont scientists sheds light on the cause of that ancient melt.
A new study says that human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires in the U.S. West over the last 30 years.
As the Southwestern U.S. grows hotter, the risk of long-lasting megadroughts rises, passing 90% this century if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace.
Figuring out how the global food system might respond to disturbances will ensure that everyone has safe, reliable access to the food they need.
Lamont’s Ryan Abernathey and Richard Seager are investigating how processes in the ocean create extreme weather and climate conditions over land.
In a new study, Lamont’s Michael Previdi and Lorenzo Polvani found that the effect of rising temperatures on snowfall in Antarctica has so far been overshadowed by the frozen continent’s large natural climate variability.
Scientist Park Williams, recipient of a Climate and Life Fellowship, is examining the influence of climate change on droughts and wildfires.
The heavy rains and flooding in Louisiana have been devastating. Can we attribute the severity of it to climate change? How you measure that depends on the questions you ask.
Join pro-surfing legend Kelly Slater at his Surf Ranch as part of a new fundraising campaign that benefits WSL PURE and the Center for Climate and Life.
Powerful tropical cyclones like the super typhoon that lashed Taiwan in July are expected to become even stronger as the planet warms.
A new study shows how Antarctic sea ice migration may be more important for the global ocean circulation than anyone realized.
In a recently published study, scientists demonstrated that two years after injecting CO2 underground at a pilot test site in Iceland, almost all of it has been converted into minerals.
Scientists working at the power plant demonstrated how CO2 emissions pumped into the earth could be chemically changed to a solid within months.
Earth’s own large-scale iron fertilization experiments over 500,000 years show adding iron to the equatorial Pacific surface has little effect.
The World Surf League is providing $1.5 million in first-year funding for ocean science at Lamont as part of an innovative new philanthropy called WSL PURE.
Maureen Raymo, a marine geologist and paleoceanographer whose name is connected with key theories about how ice ages wax and wane and how sea levels change, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Mesoscale turbulence is where most of the kinetic energy in the oceans can be found, and it may play powerful roles in the global climate.
Using computer models, scientists compared our expected future with a scenario in which ozone-depleting substances had never been regulated.
A new study uses sediment cores to track the expansion and retreat of glaciers through time and finds they are more sensitive than realized.
Much of the modern understanding of climate has been shaped by pioneering studies done at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
The Indonesian peat fires that have been choking cities across Southeast Asia are creating more than a local health menace—they’re releasing immense stores of CO2.
Using tree rings, a new drought atlas maps the reach and severity of dry and wet periods across Europe and the Mediterranean over the past 2,000 years.
As global temperatures rise, knowing just how far Greenland’s ice sheet shrank in the past could help scientists predict sea level rise in the future.
Ancient pollen is providing new insights into historic droughts in Southern California, including how a series of mega-droughts that changed the ecological landscape.
Since the late 1980s, the Southern Ocean’s rate of CO2 uptake appeared to have stagnated, alarming scientists. New data shows a recovery.
A new study of tree rings from Mongolia dating back more than 1,000 years confirms that recent warming in central Asia has no parallel in any known record.
A team of oceanographers says much of the heat trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gases is being soaked up and stored by the oceans–at least for now.
During the second half of the 21st century, the U.S. Southwest and Great Plains will face drought worse than anything seen in times ancient or modern, a new study says.
A team of scientists has published the most comprehensive picture yet of how acidity levels vary across the world’s oceans.
The findings of a new study, appearing in Science, show that there is a broad consensus amongst climate models that this region will dry significantly in the 21st century and that the transition to a more arid climate may already be underway.