Where Are Our Scientists Headed in 2016?

On every continent and ocean, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory field researchers are studying the dynamics of climate, geology, natural hazards and ecology. Explore where they're headed and what they hope to learn.

Climate Change Isn't Just a 21st Century Problem

Humans have been burning fossil fuels for only about 150 years, yet that has started a cascade of profound changes that at their current pace will still be felt 10,000 years from now. Adjunct Senior Research Scientist Anders Levermann describes the changes being set in motion now.

Exploring Ocean Turbulence: 2016 Sloan Research Fellow Ryan Abernathey

When you examine the behavior of the global oceans closely – really closely, at scales smaller than 100 kilometers – eddies and jets and fronts start to appear. For Lamont's Ryan Abernathey, who was just awarded a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship, this is where ocean physics gets interesting.

Why Ocean Fertilization Might Not Be a Climate Solution

Scientists plumbing the depths of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean have found ancient sediments suggesting that one proposed way to mitigate climate warming—fertilizing the oceans with iron to produce more carbon-eating algae—might not necessarily work as envisioned. Lamont doctoral student Kassandra Costa explains what her team found.

How Does Earth’s Continental Crust Form? Scientists Have a New Bottom-Up Theory

Deep beneath Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, down where the pressure and temperatures have become so high that rock starts to flow, new continental crust is being born. Scientists have long believed continental crust forms in volcanic arcs. The lingering question has been how exactly that happens. Lamont's Peter Kelemen puts a new theory to the test.

More Research

Tracking an Abrupt Climate Shift as Ice Age Glaciers Began to Retreat   Allison Jacobel

Study Finds Microbes Thriving Above Natural Oil Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico  Ajit Subramaniam & Andy Juhl

Without the Montreal Protocol, More Intense Tropical Cyclones  Lorenzo Polvani & Suzana Camargo

In the Southern Ocean, a Carbon-Dioxide Mystery Comes Clear   Robert Anderson

Catch Up with Our Scientists 

6 Million Years of Sediment, Studded with Tiny Fossils   Sidney Hemming

Listen to Seismic Waves From the Depths of the Earth   Ben Holtzman

Flying Drones in a Cold Climate   Frank Nitsche

Why Are Hurricanes Forming in January?  Adam Sobel

Can Germany's Renewable Energy Revolution be Replicated in the US?   Beate Liepert

In the News 

60 Minutes: Greenland's Glaciers & Climate Change  Peter deMenocal

PBS NOVA: Mystery Beneath the Ice Hugh Ducklow

MPR: Unlocking Antarctica's Secrets: The Ross Ice Shelf  Robin Bell

Vice: Sea Level Rise Could Put NYC's Proposed Transit Line Under Water Klaus Jacob
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