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Map of Urban Areas in the Low-Elevation Coastal Zone in Japan, 2015

Rising Seas Threaten Low-Lying Coastal Cities, 10% of World Population

In a new report, CIESIN researchers help to identify urban populations at risk from sea level rise. Their updated data set is meant to inform adaptation strategies.

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

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
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Hurricane Sandy May Have Worsened Gentrification in Brooklyn and Queens

A study finds evidence for land speculation in Coney Island and the Rockaways, in some of the neighborhoods hardest-hit by the storm.

by |October 3, 2019

New Report Lays Out Strategies to Curb Emissions From Government-Owned Enterprises

These companies are among the world’s leading carbon emitters, so there can be no climate success without them.

by |September 20, 2019

Economists Are Downplaying Many Major Climate Risks, Says Report

Researchers warn that world leaders are being misled by economic assessments of future climate-change impacts.

by |September 20, 2019

Two Months in the Southern Ocean, for Science

Under the leadership of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists, two different expeditions sailed to the stormy Southern Ocean to learn more about Earth’s climate history.

by |September 19, 2019

The Surprising Way a Volcanic Eruption Fueled a Bloom of Ocean Algae

A new study reveals a surprising way in which lava influences marine ecology.

by |September 6, 2019

Q&A with Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera on Coffee and Climate

How research at Columbia University is making coffee production more sustainable.