International Research Institute for Climate and Society Archives - State of the Planet

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2019 and Beyond

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.

by |January 24, 2019

Bangladesh Gets a New Climate Academy

The academy will train a new generation of experts who can use climate services effectively to manage the risks and opportunities around food security in Bangladesh.

by |January 9, 2019
melody braun at a conference in bangladesh

Using Climate Information to Protect Vulnerable Populations In Bangladesh

A Q&A with Melody Braun, who brings advanced climate services to areas in crisis.

by |December 20, 2018

What’s Climate Doing to Guatemala’s Coffee?

Diego Pons discusses his recent work on exploring the relationships between several climatic variables and coffee productivity in a region of Guatemala.

by |December 13, 2018

Q&A: Climate Information for Food Systems

Scientists at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society are studying how much climate plays a role in the global food supply, identifying food system vulnerabilities in specific areas, using new kinds of climate information in agricultural modeling, and more.

by |December 12, 2018

Q&A: Using Farmers’ Perceptions as Data

Researchers at IRI have been developing index insurance, which would provide a safety net for farmers who experience devastating climate events such as droughts and floods that severely impact their crop yields.

The Latest in Subseasonal Climate Prediction

Until recently, predicting rainfall and temperature at the subseasonal timescale (i.e. between two weeks and three months) was considered impossible. That’s beginning to change.

by |December 12, 2018

Lessening the Impacts of Climate Shocks to Agriculture

In this video, IRI’s Lisa Goddard discusses index insurance and forecast-based financing as tools to reduce climate impacts in vulnerable communities.

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

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