Developing Countries Archives - State of the Planet

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

I Switch to Installing Seismometers

With the GPS done, I joined the seismologists installing 32 stations in Myanmar. We finished the preparations and then headed out to the field in three teams.

by |November 10, 2018

From Catholic Churches to Buddhist Monasteries, the Work Continued

On the way back to Kale, we stopped at a Catholic church where one of the seismometers will be deployed.

by |November 6, 2018

Our Next Sets of GPS in Kalewa and Tedim

To get to Kalewa we followed the Myittha River past the Kabaw Fault to the site with view of a monastery. Tedim is a long and windy drive through the mountainous Chin Hills.

by |November 3, 2018

To Kale for the First GPS Station

We drove 15 hours over two days to get to Kale, our new home base. Here, we managed to build a monument and install our first GPS station in only one day. Our homemade post-driver worked amazingly well.

by |October 30, 2018

Installing GPS in Myanmar

We believe the IndoBurman subduction zone is active and that there is a significant earthquake hazard in this densely populated region. We are installing GPS stations to monitor it.

by |October 27, 2018
CIESIN team members of the new project Geo-eferenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3), seated around a table.

The Intersection of Climate Science and Hope: A Personal Story

A man from Mali explains why he spent his summer working with Columbia’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

by |August 30, 2018

Climate Change May Soon Hit Billions of People. Many Cities Are Already Taking Action.

Billions of people in thousands of cities around the world will soon be at risk from climate-related heat waves, droughts, flooding, food shortages and energy blackouts by mid-century, but many cities are already taking action to blunt such effects, says a new report from a consortium of international organizations.

by |June 20, 2018

How Will People Move as Climate Changes?

A new model estimates how many climate migrants there will be, where they are likely to go, and what effects they might have on the places to which they move.

by |June 13, 2018

In India, Dirty Air Kills as Easily in the Country as in the City

A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.

by |May 16, 2018