Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

testing for lead contamination

Measuring Lead in New York City Soils

High school students teamed up with Columbia University researchers to learn about local exposure to this toxic element. Along the way, they learned about history, field work, and the scientific process.

by |March 21, 2018
palm tree

Palm Trees Are Spreading Northward. How Far Will They Go?

A new study explores what it will take for the iconic tropical tree to expand into areas that have long been too cold for palm trees to survive.

by |March 19, 2018
R/V Langseth ship passing under Golden Gate bridge

Lamont-Doherty Receives Donation of Marine Seismic Technology Upgrades

A generous donation from leading geoscience firm CGG Inc. will advance the research capacities of the Langseth research ship.

by |March 16, 2018
argo ship ocean freshening

North Atlantic Is Getting Less Salty, But It’s Too Soon to Blame Climate Change

Researchers report a sharp drop in salinity in the North Atlantic Ocean over the last decade, providing the most detailed look yet at the region’s changing ocean conditions. A continued decline could impact fish stocks and the ocean’s ability to absorb CO2.

by |March 13, 2018
Robin Bell

Wonder Woman: Lamont Polar Pioneer Robin Bell

Lamont’s Robin Bell is living proof of the importance of encouraging young women to study STEM disciplines. Her breakthrough research, fueled by passionate intellectual curiosity, has been critical to understanding our planet.

by |March 8, 2018

Dying Reefs Bigger Threat to Coasts Than Rising Seas, Study Says

If coral reefs continue to degrade, waves on coastlines may substantially increase, leading to greater coastal erosion.

by |March 1, 2018

‘X-Snow’ Project Needs Your Help To Unlock The Secrets of Snow

Citizen scientists can gather data to help uncover how snow is changing over time.

by |February 27, 2018

Finishing Up in Bangladesh

In the final push, we split into multiple teams, and caught up and completed all the seismometer installations on time.

by |February 24, 2018

Installing the seismometer array

Helping Jim’s team, I assisted in installing stations and scouting locations. While some stations go quickly, others took multiple trips to find a good site. Time is growing short for getting all the seismometer installations done on time.

by |February 22, 2018

Researchers Map High Levels of Drugs in the Hudson River

In a new study, researchers have mapped out a large variety of discarded pharmaceuticals dissolved throughout the Hudson River. They say that in some places, levels may be high enough to potentially affect aquatic life.

by |February 19, 2018