Beautiful Planet: Earth Institute Photos From Around the Globe

by |April 20, 2020

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, Columbia University is sharing images of places and projects around the world that highlight our planet’s incredible beauty. From now till April 22nd, we want to see your #ColumbiaBeautifulPlanet images. Share them and use the hashtag for a chance to see your photo on Columbia’s social media.

Earth Institute experts work across the globe to solve mysteries about how our planet works, and to implement sustainable solutions to real-world problems. Below, a small selection of the gorgeous photos they’ve taken during field research.

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Photo credit: Jacquelyn Turner, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

In this photo: The sun sets over Lake Awasa in Ethiopia, an area close to the National Meteorological Agency's office in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR). This meteorological station is one that several IRI researchers have visited and worked with over the last few years. The region is very important to the country agriculturally, and produces about 45 percent of the country's coffee, which is a focus under IRI’s ACToday project. The SNNPR meteorological office is responsible for providing a wide range of forecasts for a very diverse geographical region, and Tufa Dinku's team at IRI has been working with climate scientists there to improve the accuracy, capacity and application of climate information within the meteorological service.

Join us as we celebrate Earth and the people helping to sustain a livable planet for all.

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