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The Extreme Pacific Climate Now

The climate over the tropical Pacific is in an extreme state at the moment. That explains some of the extreme anomalies affecting the United States right now. It also gives us a window through which we can glimpse how even more dramatic and long-term climates of the distant past might have worked.

by |July 14, 2015
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
Axial Seamount

Live, from the Bottom of the Sea

Lamont-Doherty scientist Timothy Crone is at sea off the Northwest U.S. coast, dropping sensors into the deep ocean as part of a major initiative to better understand oceans, climate and plate tectonics. Watch a live video feed from the latest dive at 3 p.m. EST.

by |August 25, 2011
Bristlecone trees, such as this over 1,000-year-old tree in the Great Basin National Park, contributed to the tree ring record on El Niño. Photo courtesy Gisela Speidel, IPRC

Tree Rings Open Door on 1,100 Years of El Niño

Scientists have used tree-ring data from the American Southwest to reconstruct a 1,100-year history of the El Niño cycle that shows that, when the earth warms, the climate acts up. The research may improve scientists’ ability to predict future climate and the effects of global warming.

by |May 26, 2011