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Superstorm Sandy Expert Says Adaptation Critical in Atlantic Canada - IBC Atlantic

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Adam Sobel, head of the Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, led a lecture series in Canada about the risks of extreme weather and the enormous impact severe weather events are having on communities.

Is New York Ready for Another Sandy? - The New Yorker

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:00
One clear consequence of Superstorm Sandy is that everyone, even climate-change deniers, takes planning for extreme weather events more seriously. The New Yorker talks with Lamont-Doherty's Klaus Jacob.

Aftermath of Gargantuan Landslide - Live Science

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 17:55
A huge chunk of rock and ice slid down Canada's remote Mount Steele at a dizzying speed. Lamont-Doherty's Colin Stark and Göran Ekström picked up on the landslide in seismic data.

Patricia Showed the Need for Better Hurricane Forecasting - CNN

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 12:00
None of today's weather models came close to predicting Hurricane Patricia's explosive intensification, says Lamont-Doherty's Adam Sobel, head of the Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. Remedying this has been recognized for some time as a science priority.

The Most Destructive Wave in Earth’s (Known) History - The Atlantic

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:00
Geologists have discovered evidence of an ancient 560-foot mega-tsunami. Based on work by Ricardo Ramalho when he was at Lamont-Doherty and Lamont's Gisela Winckler.

Scientists Detect Huge Avalanche on Remote Yukon Mountain - Alaska Dispatch

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 12:00
A massive slide of rock and ice tumbled down a remote mountain in Canada’s Yukon this month. The event likely would have gone unnoticed had it not been for a seismic-instrument network, satellite imagery and a pair of scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Colin Stark and Göran Ekström.

2015 Likely to Be Hottest Year Ever Recorded - New York Times

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 12:00
Global temperatures are running far above last year’s record-setting level, all but guaranteeing that 2015 will be the hottest year in the historical record. Cites Lamont-Doherty's Richard Seager.

Keeping an Eye on the Hudson River's Health - Register Star

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 12:00
About 4,700 students from more than 95 schools between New York City and Troy joined Lamont-Doherty scientists led by Margie Turrin in a series of testing and observations on the Hudson River today, contributing to the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River.

Visualizing a Landslide: 45 Megatons of Rock and Ice Tumbling Down - NASA

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 16:39
Lamont-Doherty's Colin Stark and Göran Ekström discovered the Mt. Steele landslide using a rapid detection software tool that sifted through data from a global earthquake monitoring network and picked up a signal indicative of a fairly significant event on October 11. NASA's Image of the Day provides the before and after view.

Catastrophes naturelles : un spécialiste américain s’inquiète du manque de prépa - Insurance & Investment Journal

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 15:28
The French-language Insurance & Investment Journal talks with Lamont's Adam Sobel about Superstorm Sandy and the lessons Canada might learn.

Solving the Mystery of Antarctica's Disappearing Snow - The Weather Network

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:00
A new study from Lamont-Doherty's Indrani Das has found that about 80 billion tonnes of snow in eastern Antarctica is being vaporized every year by powerful winds.

Can the Climate Really Control Mid-Ocean Ridges? - Ars Technica

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:00
Analyses of hills paralleling a mid-ocean ridge found variations in height over time lining up with the length of the glacial cycles. A new study from a team led by Lamont-Doherty's Jean-Arthur Olive, however, found flaws when the idea was applied across all oceans.

Drought-Stressed California Forests Face a Radical Shift - Los Angeles Times

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 08:56
California could lose as much as 20 percent of its trees to the drought, Carnegie Institution scientists warn. "Think of it as one gigantic ax swing at the forest," said Lamont's Park Williams. "It takes a huge chunk out of the population, and if we see two or three more of these droughts, then that's even more ax swings."

Secretary of State Cites Syria Study in Urging 'Ambitious' Climate Deal - Reuters

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 12:00
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cited research involving Lamont's Richard Seager when he talked about climate change connections to the conflict in Syria and threats to food and water security.

Warming World Means More Drought in Horn of Africa - The Ecologist

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 12:00
Evidence stretching back 40,000 years shows that global warming will increase drying in a region of East Africa where drought already causes humanitarian crises - dashing earlier hopes of increased rainfall, according to a new study from Lamont's Peter deMenocal.

What's Behind the Disappearance of Antarctic Snow? - Christian Science Monitor

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:00
A new study led by Lamont's Indrani Das shows that strong winds are shifting vast amounts of Antarctica’s snow into the sea or the atmosphere.

Air Guard's IcePod Aircraft Departs for ‘Deep Freeze’ - Air National Guard

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 07:00
The takeoff of the New York Air National Guard’s LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft on Oct. 16 marks the official start of the 109th Airlift Wing’s 28th season of support to science research at the South Pole. It carries the Lamont-built IcePod for exploring under the Antarctic ice.

Climate Cycles Didn’t Shape Ocean’s Abyssal Hills - Science

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 19:32
A new study led by Lamont-Doherty's Jean-Arthur Olive says faulting, not sea level rise and fall due to climate change, shaped the texture of the sea floor.

The Mystery of Antarctica's Strange Disappearing Snow - Live Science

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 12:00
New research led by Lamont-Doherty's Indrani Das has found that current regional climate models don't take into account how wind affects snow accumulation in Antarctica.

3 Years After Hurricane Sandy, Is New York Prepared for the Next Great Storm? - The Nation

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:00
New York is spending $20 billion to protect its shores from sea-level rise, but that may not be enough. The Nation talked to Lamont's Klaus Jacob.