Hurricane Sandy

Was Hurricane Sandy the 100-Year Event?

Recent research suggests that Sandy may have been much more likely than previously believed.

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Distilling Art from the Figures of Science

Any researcher can attest to the fact that a scientific figure is worth more than a thousand words. Rarely do we take a step back to consider the inherent artistry in the figures created to convey the science.

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In order to understand how phosphorus moves through the oceans, researchers did shipboard experiments with Trichodesmium, a type of bacteria that forms visible colonies. The test tube is about the diameter of a U.S. quarter. (Carly Buchwald, WHOI)

Study Reveals Microbes’ Hidden Role in Fertilizing Oceans

Surprisingly little has been known about how phosphorous, an essential nutrient, cycles through the oceans. A new study has broken through some of this mystery, by showing the hidden role that the oceans’ tiniest creatures play.

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Underground, carbon dioxide disperses through volcanic basalt, and solidifies into a substance similar to limestone. A geologist shows off a core taken from the injection zone.

In a Melting Iceland, Drilling Deep to Stem Climate Change

Iceland is pioneering a new technology to deal with climate change. Its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, the world’s largest, hosts arguably the world’s most advanced program to capture and lock away globe-warming carbon dioxide.

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Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork, 2015 and Beyond

On every continent and ocean, Earth Institute field researchers study the dynamics of climate, geology, ecology, human history and more. Here is a list of expeditions going on this year, and beyond.

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Meet the Students Studying Trans-Boundary Sustainability Issues in the Middle East

by | 5.20.2015 at 4:54pm
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This summer, nine Columbia University students and nine students from Tel Aviv University will take part in a fieldwork course focused on environmental sustainability in the Middle East.

Global Warming’s ‘Missing’ Heat: It May Be in the Indian Ocean

by | 5.20.2015 at 12:00pm
Increases in westward-blowing winds over the Pacific Ocean are thought to be pushing great masses of water--and heat--through the Indonesian straits, into the Indian Ocean.

Since the late 1990s, global warming has stabilized, even as greenhouse gases have risen. That defies simple models that say the temperature should keep going up. Many scientists think much of the heat trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gases is being soaked up and stored by the oceans–at least for now. A team of oceanographers now says they know where it went.

Was Hurricane Sandy the 100-Year Event?

by | 5.20.2015 at 11:26am
Hurricane Sandy

Recent research suggests that Sandy may have been much more likely than previously believed.

Preserving the Origins of Environmental Law for a New Generation of Leaders

by | 5.19.2015 at 12:41pm
Jorling Billings 1970

In fall 2014, Columbia University, through the School of International and Public Affairs, the School of Continuing Education and the Earth Institute, offered a never-before-taught class on “The Origins of Environmental Law.” While many courses teach the fundamentals of environmental law, this course spoke to the people and politics behind the creation of the legislation. The Earth Institute is excited to present a short film providing a glimpse into the importance of this course.

Donor Communications and Research Summer-Fall Internship Opportunity

by | 5.18.2015 at 11:31am

The Office of Funding Initiatives is seeking an intern to provide research and communications support for the summer and fall 2015 terms. Tasks will include donor/prospect research, database maintenance, mailing support and communications and writing.

Distilling Art from the Figures of Science

by | 5.18.2015 at 11:01am
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Any researcher can attest to the fact that a scientific figure is worth more than a thousand words. Rarely do we take a step back to consider the inherent artistry in the figures created to convey the science.

Preparing Future Leaders through Partnerships

by | 5.18.2015 at 10:09am
A group of students showcase their Commitment to Action, the "Malaria Awareness Program", at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting

The latest Clinton Global Initiative University conference in March brought together students and influential world leaders to discuss projects in such areas as reforestation in Haiti, coastal resilience in Florida, mobile food trucks for disadvantaged areas and new mobile apps to address issues of public health.