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Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey shore

400 ppm World, Part 2: Rising Seas Come with Rising CO2

Every indication is that thermal expansion will not dominate rates of sea-level rise in the future. As Earth’s climate marches toward equilibration with present-day CO2 levels, the climate will continue to warm. And this warming threatens the stability of a potentially much, much larger source for sea-level rise — the world’s remaining ice sheets.

by |June 12, 2013
Ice core records of CO2 and climate over the past million years, NOAA

400 ppm World, Part 1: Large Changes Still to Come

Why should society care that CO2 is now as high as 400 ppm? The reasons are multiple, but all trace back to the relationship between CO2 and temperature.

by |June 11, 2013

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: A Guide

Earth Institute research expeditions investigating the dynamics of the planet on all levels take place on every continent and every ocean. Most projects originate with our main research center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and are often run in collaboration with other institutions.

by |February 27, 2013

IcePod Clears Hurdles and Takes to the Air

The morning briefing room was filled with layers of engineers and technicians from the civilian side, matched with pilots, navigators and air support staff from the Air National Guard side. Spanning the middle were the two Systems Project Office (S.P.O.) representatives. Adding new instrumentation and equipment to any aircraft requires intense scrutiny, but on a military plane there are extra rounds of reviews and sign offs required.

by |February 3, 2013

How the Warming Arctic Affects Us All

The Arctic may seem remote, but the overall rate of global warming, our climate and weather, sea levels, and many ecosystems and species will be affected by the warming that is occurring there.

by |December 6, 2012

If You’re Not Going to San Francisco

Keep an eye on State of the Planet over the next week for updates on the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

by |November 30, 2012

The Art of Flying

Flying. It is something we are almost all familiar with, and yet I expect few of us have really sat back to appreciate the actual science of it. For the past 10 weeks we have been flying, not just a day or two a week but five or six days a week depending on the… read more

by |May 30, 2012

The ‘Glory’ in Clouds and Other Amazing Sights!

If you look carefully at the picture below you will see a small shadow of our plane completely encircled in a rainbow. This optical phenomenon, called a “glory,” can develop when the plane flies directly between the sun and a cloud below. Flying over the ice sheet in the far northeast of Greenland we saw… read more

by |May 24, 2012

Our Best Flight Yet

Evidence of the retreat of glaciers since the last glacial maximum (check), flying over sites of ancient Inuit, Norse and present day settlements (check), and a personal recollection of my own past in this location (check).

by |May 9, 2012
Field work guide map, Earth Institute, Lamont-Doherrt Earth Observatory

An Interactive Map of Scientific Fieldwork

Earth Institute scientists explore how the physical world works on every continent — over and under the arctic ice, in the grasslands of Mongolia, on volcanoes in Patagonia, over subduction zones in Papua New Guinea, and on the streets of New York City.

by |May 7, 2012