Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

Defining and Measuring Sustainability

An emphasis on generally accepted sustainability metrics can help ensure that sustainability substance dominates sustainability symbols.

by |October 7, 2019

Announcing a New Earth Institute Affiliation Program

Are you a Columbia faculty, researcher or staff person with work related to sustainability, climate or earth and environmental science? We invite you to join the Earth Institute community by becoming an Affiliate.

by |October 3, 2019
Kytt MacManus, standing left, and Dorothee Grant, sitting right, look at a computer monitor as they study images of nightime lights data.

Bright Lights, Big Cities: An Intern Takes on the World of Remote Sensing

Intern Dorothee Grant is using daytime and nighttime lights satellite data to help map urban areas at large spatial scales.

by |October 1, 2019

Outreach Internship Opportunity at the Earth Institute

The Earth Institute is seeking interns and current students to support its Professional Development program and assist with outreach for the 2020 All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair.

by |August 12, 2019

North to Patuakhali and Barisal for the End of Our Fieldwork

We added a campaign monument to the tide gauge at Khepupara on the way to our last GPS and SET installation site at Patuakhali. We faced challenges such as bad roads and broken bridges, and leeches, but got the work done. The field work was now coming to a close.

by |August 5, 2019

Khulna to Barishal and Kuakata

We replaced the GPS at Khulna University, then met some colleagues in Barisal. We continued to Khepupara and the beach at Kuakata for more installations. The beach on the Bay of Bengal is fresh water in the summer due to the enormous water discharge at the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta.

by |August 2, 2019

Finishing on the Boat

Silting rivers and bad roads made it difficult to find a last site. After a successful installation and an upgrade to an existing GPS site, we left the boat for land. We then discovered the local river had washed away some of our equipment.

by |July 30, 2019

From Sonatola to the Sundarbans

By working a 16-hour day, we managed to get both GPS and SETs completed at our first field site. We then sailed into the Sundarban Mangrove Forest, the world’s largest, to visit an existing site and make measurements.

by |July 24, 2019

Delays in Dhaka

I am back in Bangladesh for a new project examining the balance between sea level rise, land subsidence and sedimentation. We will be installing, repairing or upgrading equipment to measure changes to the landscape.

by |July 23, 2019

Meet the Students Studying Environmental Issues in the Middle East in 2019

This July, Columbia University and Tel Aviv University will send graduate students to the Middle East to learn about the environmental challenges facing communities in Jordan and Israel.

by |July 9, 2019