Join the Team: Crowdfunding for Science!

We're trying something new as we gear up for Giving Day. Columbia just launched a pilot crowdfunding platform that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute a little or a lot toward upcoming projects. Watch the videos and read pitches from the scientists at the links below and find out how you can be a hero for science.

Annual Report 2016: Innovation in Data and Technology

At Lamont, our scientists are mining data from satellites, ships, and remote sensors around the world. They are developing powerful computer models that will allow us to glimpse the future of ice sheets, extreme weather, and sea level. By using the latest technologies and turning data into meaningful information, we are beginning to solve what can feel like intractable societal challenges.

Climate Change Has Doubled Western Forest Fire Area

Human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires in the Western U.S. over the last 30 years, a new study from Lamont's Park Williams shows. Warmth drives fire by drying out the land. Warmer air can hold more moisture and sucks it out of the vegetation and soil. “Climate is really running the show in terms of what burns," Williams says.

Rising Temperatures Load the Dice for Megadrought Risk

As the American Southwest grows hotter, the risk of severe, long-lasting megadroughts rises, passing 90 percent likelihood by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, according to a new study from Lamont's Jason Smerdon, Justin Mankin and Ben Cook. Aggressively cutting emissions can cut that risk substantially.

CO2 Spike Linked to Historic Retreat of Antarctic Ice

Twenty-three million years ago, the Antarctic Ice Sheet began to shrink from an expanse larger than today to about half its modern size. In a new study, Lamont's Tammo Reichgelt and Billy D'Andrea used ancient, well-preserved leaves from that period to show for the first time that carbon dioxide levels increased markedly over a relatively short period of time.

Exploring Obama's Seafloor Canyons by Mini Sub

Along the walls of Oceanographer Canyon, fish dart in and out of colorful anemone gardens and sea creatures send up plumes of sand and mud as they burrow. Listen to Lamont's Bill Ryan describe what he saw from a mini research submarine in 1978 as one of the few people to explore the seafloor canyons that are our newest national monument.

Letter Tone Can Disadvantage Young Women Scientists

The phrasing used in letters of recommendation – critical to young scientists’ chances of being hired for postdoctoral research positions – may be disadvantaging women from the very start of their careers, and the professors writing those letters may not realize it, according to a new study led by Lamont's Kuheli Dutt.

Getting Hands-On with Science: Open House 2016

Marc Spiegelman has a favorite saying at Open House: “Clean hands are not learning hands!” You'll see in our photo gallery and videos that we had a lot of very happy learners during our day of science experiments and conversations with some of the world’s leading Earth and climate scientists.

In the News 

New York Times: Climate Change Blamed for Half of Increased Forest Fire Danger Park Williams

Pacific Standard: Using Drones & Chemistry to Unlock Climate Mysteries  Aaron Putnam, Joerg Schaefer

Scientific American: Hurricane Monitors Fly into the Belly of the Beast Adam Sobel

Forbes: Hurricane Matthew Is Scary. Did We Help Make the Monster? Suzana Camargo

PIX11: Combating Climate Change: Scientists Turn CO2 to Stone  Martin Stute

Catch Up with Our Scientists 

Lamont Scientists Elected to AGU Leadership  Robin Bell, Kerstin Lehnert, Bob Anderson

Listening to Earthquakes from Inside the Earth   Ben Holtzman

Ice Is a Defining Characteristic of Antarctica. What Happens When It Melts?  Hugh Ducklow, Jeff Bowman

Mentor of the Year: Building the Next Generation of Scientists   Bob Newton

Dee Breger's Microworld: 'The Sublime Side of Science'   Remembering Dee Breger

Upcoming Events 

Lessons of Climate Resilience in NYC  Adam Sobel and a panel discuss resilience planning in New York City at Columbia's Low Library on October 19.
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