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Beneath the Alaskan Tundra

Location: Imnavait Creek, near Toolik Lake Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Station, Alaska Team: Jonathan Nichols, John Karavias, Visiting Arctic Science Teacher (VAST) from Walt Whitman High Purpose: Climate and Carbon Research Start Date: July 1, 2012 Arctic peat bogs have been absorbing carbon for thousands of years, but will this continue as the poles… read more


Building the Future We Want

“We need to build a decent life on a crowded planet.” That quote from Jeffrey Sachs sums up the challenge faced by thousands of participants at Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, June 20-22, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. Staff and students from the Earth Institute will be writing for State of the Planet… read more

Cascadia in Motion

Location: Off British Columbia, Washington and OregonTeam: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the universities of Wyoming, Nevada, Washington and Oklahoma, and Oregon State University.Purpose: Sub-seafloor imagingStart Date: June 14, 2012 Off the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast, the 680-mile-long Cascadia subduction zone has produced giant earthquakes and tsunamis like the one that ravaged Japan last year — the… read more

Natural Resources and Peacebuilding

Partners: The Earth Institute, Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with University of Tokyo and McGill University.Purpose: To share interdisciplinary and innovative perspectives on managing natural resources as part of efforts to stabilize countries after conflict. Natural resources, including oil, minerals, land, timber and water, are at the center of many… read more

World Water Day 2012

Date: March 22, 2012Theme: Water and Food SecurityOfficial Website: UN Water: World Water Day The 2012 World Water Day — on the theme of “Water and Food Security” — has come and gone. But below you can still find our collection of articles celebrating World Water Day as well as ideas for ways you can… read more

Key Talks from a Global Science Summit

Earth Institute researchers spoke in 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a major global gathering of researchers from many disciplines. They covered topics from climate and human evolution to food security and tropical deforestation. Science editor Kevin Krajick covered the meeting from Vancouver, British Columbia.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

December 11-15, 2017 | New Orleans

The fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union is the world’s largest gathering of earth and space scientists. Scores of researchers from the Earth Institute will give presentations. Read about the 2017 gathering and those of past years.

Sea Ice Blooms in the Far North

Location: Bering Sea, off Kodiak, Alaska Team: Beth Stauffer, Kali McKee Purpose: Arctic Sea Ice and Plankton Research Start Date: April 26, 2012 to May 9, 2012 Tiny plants beneath northern sea ice feed all marine life. But warming temperatures and shrinking ice cover are changing the timing of spring phytoplankton blooms and causing some… read more

Future El Niño

Location: Line Islands, south of Hawaii Team: Co-led by Lamont climate scientist Pratigya Polissar, Lamont graduate student Allison Jacobel Purpose: Climate Research Start Date: May 1, 2012 The El Niño weather pattern in the tropical Pacific influences weather across the planet. As the planet warms, it is unclear if El Niño will grow stronger, bringing… read more

The Broadleaf Papers

Trees have stories to tell, their annual growth rings cataloging changes in the environment, including climate. Many tree-ring scientists focus on conifers, but Neil Pederson, a scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, believes that the less-studied broadleaf trees in temperate forests, such as magnolia, tulip-poplar, maple and birch, have much to teach us.