On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards and other dynamics of the planet. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order for the coming year and beyond.
Water Archives - State of the Planet
A team from Columbia’s Earth Institute is helping to research and design adaptation strategies to help save the world’s second largest barrier reef.
To mark its anniversary, the Columbia Water Center has released a new report highlighting its achievements over the past decade. Read an excerpt, then download the full report.
A new study shows that fecal bacteria from sewage can persist in far greater quantities in near-shore sediments than in the water of the Hudson River.
A 19-year drought in the American West is one of the most severe in the past 1200 years—and climate change is partially to blame, according to new research.
But there’s a pretty simple solution that could protect a lot of people.
Recent research indicates that salt is accumulating in the environment and poses an emerging threat both to ecosystems and human health.
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.
Upmanu Lall is director of the Columbia Water Center, and the lead author of the new U.S. National Climate Assessment’s chapter on water resources. The report paints a dire picture of the nation’s climate future. We spoke with Lall about the outlook for water supplies, quality and infrastructure.
This proposed declaration includes a number of rights, and specifically mentions that water resources in mountain ecosystems should be protected against pollution from mining activities.