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Anatomy of a Deglaciation - Antarctic Sun

Featured News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:00
Profile of work by Lamont marine geologist Trevor Williams.

Messenger: End of Mission - MSNBC

Featured News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 12:00
Quotes Lamont-Doherty Director Sean Solomon.


Geopoetry - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:19


MESSENGER's last image of Mercury. (NASA)

MESSENGER’s last image of Mercury. (NASA)


Alien orbits you plied,

While we vicariously spied

A distant globe …

Oh, tough little probe!

It’s been a wonderful ride.




Further reading:

MESSENGER’s last image

This is one in a series of posts by Katherine Allen, a researcher in geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

Fiery End for Messenger Mission - Physics World

Featured News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:00
Quotes Lamont-Doherty Director Sean Solomon.

Drones Fly Over Melting Arctic Ice for Science - Popular Science

Featured News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:00
Article on work of Lamont researcher Chris Zappa.

Fixing The Climate Innovation Gap - Huffington Post

Featured News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:00
Article by Peter DeMenocal.

Smooth Sailing Back to Tasmania

Melting Glaciers-Tracking Their Path - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:12
Antarctica, NBP1503 science team

The NBP1503 science team.

After a surprisingly smooth crossing of the Southern Ocean, with favorable winds we arrived back in Hobart, Tasmania. The weather maps show that we just got ahead of another big storm system.

Once the equipment is stored away and the samples are loaded off, we will all head back to our offices and labs to further process and analyze our data and eventually put all the results together.

Hawaiian Hot Spots Not to Blame for Underwater Volcanoes - Nature World News

Featured News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:00
"People have ignored seafloor volcanoes on the idea that their influence is small - but that's because they are assumed to be in a steady state, which they're not," marine geophysicist Maya Tolstoy, who led the research, said in a statement.

What Nepal can teach about improving earthquake resilience in developing world - Christian Science Monitor

Featured News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:00
The challenges fall into four broad groups, says Arthur Lerner-Lam, a seismologist who heads the Center for Hazards and Risk Research at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y.

NASA's Messenger Mission Is Set to Crash Into Mercury - New York Times

Featured News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:00
Features Lamont director Sean Solomon.

Taking a 4,000-Meter-Deep Profile of Antarctic Waters

Melting Glaciers-Tracking Their Path - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:47
NB Palmer, West Antarctica, CTD system

The CTD system is lowered over the side from the NB Palmer. It measures temperature, salinity, and oxygen with depth.

In addition to understanding potential pathways for “warmer” circumpolar deep water to reach the ice shelf, we are also measuring what the structure and properties of the water column are and determining if there is already warmer water on or near the continental shelf that could already interact with the glaciers of East Antarctica today.

To measure water properties, we are using an instrument that can be lowered through the water column that measures conductivity, from which we calculate the salinity of the water, temperature, pressure (i.e. water depth), oxygen, and fluorescence, which is an indicator for phytoplankton or algae in the water. This system is called a CTD for short.

This system can also take water samples from different depths that can be used for further analysis or for calibration and verification of the sensors. When we lower this system in deep water, e.g. 4000 meters, (about 2.5 miles), the measurements take over three hours.

We have measured the water properties at 42 different locations during our expedition and will analyze the results carefully when we are back.

Follow @FrankatSea for additional updates and images from the Southern Ocean.

Who’s Cheerleading for Science? - PBS Sci-Tech Now

Featured News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:00
Interview with Lamont scientist Christine McCarthy.

California Drought Drives an 'Explosive,' Longer Wildfire Season -

Featured News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:00
Those high temperatures are baking the moisture out of the soil and air, leaving vegetation especially dry and vulnerable to catching fire, said Park Williams, an assistant research professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.

Nepal earthquake: A tragedy waiting to happen (Opinion) - CNN

Featured News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:00
The disastrous earthquake in Nepal was large, but geophysicists knew it was coming, writes scientist Colin Stark.

$35 Million Federal Award to Rockland's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for Oceanic Research - The Patch

Featured News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:00
Article on IODP being awarded to Lamont-Doherty by the NSF.

War, famine, and drought – the unholy trinity changing our world - Independent

Featured News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:00
All the same, as the co-author of the Syrian study Richard Seager phrased it: "A drought made worse by climate change was one important factor that initiated the social unravelling."

Amid California's Historic Drought, a Scientist Digs for Answers - Inside Climate News

Featured News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:17
Profile of Lamont grad student Guleed Ali.

Lake Mead 2015: Photos Show Water Level Nearing Record Low As Drought Threatens Southwest - International Business Times

Featured News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:00
"Even at the middle-of-the-road scenario, we see enough warming and drying to push us past the worst droughts experienced in the region since the medieval era," Benjamin Cook, a scientist at NASA'sGoddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, told National Geographic in February.

Decoding the Depths of the Earth - Scienceline

Featured News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:00
Feature on seismologist William Menke’s work.



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