Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists

With coral bleaching spreading as coastal waters warm, Lamont scientists are turning to ocean enthusiasts for help. We launched a new project and app this month called Bleach Patrol that turns surfers, divers, snorkelers and other lovers of the ocean into citizen scientists, keeping an eye on the world’s coral reefs. Find out how you can help.

Greenland's Ice Is Getting Darker, Raising Risk of Melting

Greenland's snowy surface has been getting darker over the past two decades, absorbing more heat from the Sun and increasing snow melt, a new study led by Lamont's Marco Tedesco shows. He finds that that trend is likely to continue, with the surface's reflectivity, or albedo, decreasing by as much as 10 percent by the end of the century.

How Will Our Shifting Climate Change U.S. Forests?

The Ozarks contain some of the most productive and diverse forests in the United States. They also sit in a warming “hole,” where the progressive rise in temperature affecting most of the continent hasn’t yet taken hold. Lamont's Park Williams leads a team studying how these forests might shift — or even disappear — when climate change catches up.

Syria’s Drought Likely Its Most Severe in 900+ Years

In the years before the Syrian conflict erupted, a severe drought set in across the Levant, destroying crops, restricting water supplies and spurring farm-to-city migration in the already water-stressed region. A new study led by Lamont's Ben Cook finds that the recent drought was the Levant’s most severe in at least 500 years and likely more than 900 years.

Connecting Extreme Weather and Climate Change

New research and more powerful computer models are advancing scientists’ ability to tease apart the forces that can worsen extreme weather. In a new report, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences, including Lamont’s Adam Sobel, assesses the young field of attribution studies.

Read Adam Sobel's Washington Post article

Evidence of an Ancient Carbon-Rich Crust on Mercury

Mercury’s dark surface is revealing intriguing new clues about the formation of the solar system, including evidence that the planet closest to the Sun may have formed in part from carbon, a key component of life. Lamont Director Sean Solomon, who led the MESSENGER mission as principal investigator, explains in a new study.

Our Global Impact: The Lamont-Doherty Annual Report

At Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, our work provides the scientific foundation for understanding global risks, recognizing their environmental causes and consequences, and making better choices that can reduce their future impact. We are pleased to share our scientists’ work and explore their global impact through our 2015 Annual Report.

In the News 

The Atlantic: Preparing for the Inevitable Sea-Level Rise  Maureen Raymo

Mother Jones: The Science Behind Ethiopia’s Hunger Crisis  Richard Seager

Fusion: Helping the Earth Store Carbon Peter Kelemen

The Antarctic Sun: An Airborne Look Through the Ice Kirsty Tinto

BBC: New York's Big Green Clean  Bob Newton

Catch Up with Our Scientists 

Mozambique Core Brings Up 7 Million Years of Climate History   Sidney Hemming

Peering into Chile’s Quizapu Volcano (Drone video)   Einat Lev

Research Is Art and Other Science Outreach (Podcast)   Hannah Rabinowitz

Upcoming Events 

Sun-Earth Day  Join our scientists at the American Museum of Natural History March 19

Our Common Home  Art Lerner-Lam joins other luminaries to discuss climate change at New York's Cooper Union March 24

First Rock from the Sun  Sean Solomon discusses Mercury and the MESSENGER mission at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., April 13
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