Lamont Strategic Plan: Our Vision for the Future
Lamont has been a leader in the study of our planet since its founding more than 65 years ago. Our focus for the coming decade is on deepening our impact, exploring new research areas of global relevance and continuing our culture of excellence. Our Strategic Plan outlines an approach that will guide the Observatory over the next ten years in its two-fold quest to remain at the forefront of research in basic Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, and to become a leading intellectual center in the integration of Earth, human and environmental sciences to support and promote sustainability in a rapidly changing world

Drilling Deep to Stem Climate Change

Iceland has a complicated relationship with climate change. As in much of the far north, global warming is already exerting many effects here–arguably both good and bad. Yet the country contributes relatively little to the warming, since most of its energy comes from geothermal and hydro plants, which produce little carbon dioxide. Now, it is on the scientific cutting edge of the issue. With the aid of scientists from Lamont and other institutions, its main geothermal plant is running the CarbFix project, which traps carbon emissions and pumps them back underground, to be turned into stone. 

Mercury Mission May Hold Clues to Earth’s Evolution

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has been orbiting Mercury for the last four years, giving scientists an unprecedented look at our solar system's innermost planet. But now the craft's fuel supply is exhausted, and it is scheduled to crash on Mercury toward the end of April. Sean Solomon, director of Lamont, has been leading the mission, and he talks about its implications in this new video.

Our Experts in the News 

Scientific American: Pacific Current Change Slowed Global Warming
The New York Times: California's History of Drought Repeats 
CNN: Did Climate Change Cause California Drought? 
VICE News: It Was Warmer in Antarctica Than in New York City Last Week
Rolling Stone: The Fate of Trees: How Climate Change May Alter Forests Worldwide 
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