Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

As Climate Warms, Plants May Demand More Water, Cutting Supplies for People

New study challenges many climate scientists’ expectations that plants will make much of the world wetter in the future.

by |November 4, 2019
map of future flood levels in nyc

Should New York Build a Storm Surge Barrier?

A recent event at Columbia University debated the pros and cons.

by |October 24, 2019
map of peat samples

Northern Peatlands Contain Twice as Much Carbon as Previously Thought

New findings double potential emissions from these areas, with big implications for climate modeling.

by |October 21, 2019

Cycle for Science: Glacier Edition Completes Its Circuit

Wrapping up a week-long bicycle trip that has brought climate science to underprivileged schools.

by |October 16, 2019

The Secret Life of Trees

Kevin Griffin uses remote sensing to track the daily rhythms of trees. His work is helping to bring tree biology to life for students and the general public.

by |October 16, 2019

New Project Will Study Greenland’s Helheim Glacier in Unprecedented Detail

Using drones, laser scanners, and high-resolution models, researchers hope to find out more about the processes driving rapid melting in this region.

by |October 14, 2019
Glacier goo moving down a ramp

On the Road, Teaching Glacier Science

A PhD student explains what life is like on a week-long bicycle trip that’s bringing climate science to students from economically disadvantaged families.

by |October 11, 2019
underwater ocean scene

Grim Projections for the Ocean—and the Life Within It

Sonya Dyhrman, a microbial oceanographer affiliated with Lamont’s Center for Climate and Life, explains how human-caused climate change is harming ocean health.

by |October 8, 2019
interactive activity about storm surge

Highlights from the 2019 Lamont Open House

This year’s Open House attracted more than 3,000 visitors and, just like research at Lamont, covered a vast range of subjects and regions, from under the sea to the surface of the moon.

by |October 8, 2019
cyclist with mountains in background

Follow Along on a Bicycle Tour That Teaches About Hudson Valley’s Glacial History

A student-led Cycle for Science trip will follow the footsteps of an ice sheet that buried the NYC area under a mile of ice during the last ice age.

by |October 7, 2019