International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Author at State of the Planet

Example map of a subseasonal rainfall forecast from IRI’s experimental maproom

Q&A: Andrew Robertson on Crossing the ‘Predictability Desert’

New subseasonal forecasting capabilities pave the way toward forecasts that fill in the gaps between short-term weather and long-term climate.

by Jacqueline Turner |December 9, 2019
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Focusing on Floods

Beth Tellman is developing new ways to assess how well remote sensing algorithms identify flooding. It could help to enable better flood protection.

Climate and Society Posters and Presentations at AGU 2019

A range of areas of expertise from Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society will be represented at this year’s annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

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Assessing Landslide Risk in Rohingya Refugee Camps

NASA and Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society partner with humanitarian organizations to provide near real-time data on land use, rainfall and elevation.

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Alum Becomes Director of Senegal’s National Meteorological Service

Ousmane Ndiaye, an adjunct research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, will oversee all matters related to climate services in Senegal.

Q&A with Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera on Coffee and Climate

How research at Columbia University is making coffee production more sustainable.

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Shade-Grown Coffee Helps Ecosystems and Farmers

A new study finds that coffee farmers could be better off financially if they used shade-growing practices for part of their production.

Q&A: Using Farmers’ Perceptions as Data

Researchers at IRI have been developing index insurance, which would provide a safety net for farmers who experience devastating climate events such as droughts and floods that severely impact their crop yields.

Lessening the Impacts of Climate Shocks to Agriculture

In this video, IRI’s Lisa Goddard discusses index insurance and forecast-based financing as tools to reduce climate impacts in vulnerable communities.