Adam Sobel

Adam Sobel is a Professor at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He studies the dynamics of weather and climate, with an emphasis on extreme weather events, and he is Director of Columbia's Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. His book on Hurricane Sandy, Storm Surge, was published in 2014.

Recent Posts

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The Extreme Pacific Climate Now

The climate over the tropical Pacific is in an extreme state at the moment. That explains some of the extreme anomalies affecting the United States right now. It also gives us a window through which we can glimpse how even more dramatic and long-term climates of the distant past might have worked.

by |July 14, 2015
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Why This Climate Scientist Is Taking to the Streets

In my early years I didn’t talk about the politics of global warming much. I didn’t bring it up with friends or family, let alone engage in any public way. It seemed to me unseemly for a scientist to be vocal on a political issue related, even indirectly, to his own research. Wouldn’t that be an indication of bias, of a lack of scientific impartiality? But I have changed my mind.

by |September 19, 2014
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We Don’t Know All About Hurricanes–But We Know Enough to Act

Sandy instantly brought a new kind of national media attention to the influence of global warming on weather disasters. After several years of near-silence on climate from our political leaders and the mainstream media, the renewed attention is profoundly welcome.

by |November 19, 2012