Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

Short-Term Ocean Temperature Shifts Are Affecting West Antarctic Ice, Says Study

Scientists have known for some time that ice shelves off West Antarctica are melting as deep, warm ocean waters eat at their undersides, but a new study shows that temperatures, and resultant melting, can vary far more than previously thought, within a time scale of a few years.

by |August 13, 2018
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AGU Names Three Earth Institute Scientists as 2018 Fellows

The American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest earth and space science society, made the announcement on Thursday morning.

by |August 9, 2018

Greener Ways to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave

The world is warming and our air conditioners are making it worse. Here are some less energy-intensive ways to survive the rising heat.

by |August 3, 2018
Steven Goldstein

AGU Recognizes Lamont Scientists With Section Awards

The American Geophysical Union honors the outstanding work of three scientists from Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |July 31, 2018
brown wheat in field

Does the El Niño Southern Oscillation Actually Matter for Food Security?

And why should we care what causes a drought?

by |July 27, 2018

The Story of Lake Gus

For this early part of the season the goal is to tease apart a record of historic precipitation and temperature for this region using isotopes from leaf waxes collected in the lake sediments.

by |July 25, 2018
diamond samples with IGSN labels

Sloan Foundation Grant Will Help Support Open and Transparent Science

Lamont-Doherty researchers will use the grant to enhance a sample identification system that makes scientific results more reproducible.

by |July 20, 2018

Scientists Are Superheroes With Super Powers

Superheroes are identified by their unique powers and skills, allowing them to see and act in ways that inspire awe in the rest of us. Do scientists have superhero powers?

by |July 18, 2018
kilauea algae bloom

Columbia Team Helps Investigate Algae Bloom Near Kilauea Eruption

Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are exploring how volcanic inputs are influencing ocean health in Hawaii.

by |July 18, 2018
fried egg on pavement heat wave

If You Think This Summer’s Heat Waves Are Bad, Just Wait for the Future

Rising temperatures and humidity could make summers unbearable in the southeastern U.S. and beyond, according to a study published in December.

by |July 17, 2018