Earth Sciences Archives - State of the Planet

Heather's hands hold two cylindrical pieces of rock that have been cut on a diagonal to match up like puzzle pieces.

Tools of the Trade: A Machine That Squeezes Rocks to Mimic Earthquakes

Inside the Rock and Ice Mechanics Lab, Heather Savage and her team investigate the physics of earthquakes and fault lines.

by |January 4, 2019
recording glacier sounds

Alum Records Glacier Sounds in Peru

Gustavo Valdivia’s work helps people to connect with the natural world in a different way.

by |January 3, 2019

New Report Examines Key Steps Forward in Removing Carbon Dioxide from Air

The report describes how “negative emissions technologies” that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change.

by |December 20, 2018
Small glass vials containing seeds.

Tools of the Trade: A Peek Inside the Bog-Coring Lab of Dorothy Peteet

What’s a bog corer? And how do seeds help scientists learn about the earth’s past? A paleoecologist explains the most important items in her toolkit.

by |December 19, 2018

Q&A: Forecast-Based Financing for Flash Floods

A Q&A with IRI’s Andrew Kruczkiewicz about a new mechanism for taking early humanitarian action based on weather forecast information and socioeconomic risk analysis.

by |December 11, 2018

Assessing the Impact of Declining Arctic Sea Ice on Extreme Weather

Yutian Wu received funding from the Center for Climate and Life to investigate whether the loss of Arctic sea ice promotes severe weather over North America.

by |December 10, 2018

American Geophysical Union 2018: Key Events From the Earth Institute

The American Geophysical Union fall meeting takes place Dec. 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Here is a guide to key talks and other events from Columbia’s Earth Institute.

by |December 3, 2018

A New Primer on Climate Change

A Q&A with Jason Smerdon, coauthor of the newly revised Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future.

by |November 14, 2018

Wildfire Experts: A Journalist’s Guide

A guide to wildfire experts at the Earth Institute.

by |November 14, 2018

End of Our Fieldwork and Mandalay Hill

I had one last day installing seismometers with the team, then left for Mandalay. After a breakfast with colleagues, I had a free day to explore Mandalay Hill.

by |November 12, 2018