Above: Icebergs near Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier. Photo by Nick Frearson.

December 2009

LDEO in the News
December 3, 2009
November 18, 2009
November 18, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
The Secret Life of Ancient Trees
November 10, 2009
November 4, 2009
October 14, 2009
October 8, 2009
October 2009
September 30, 2009
September 24, 2009
September 21, 2009
In the Spot Light

Senior Lamont-Doherty researcher Robin Bell and Columbia graduate student Adrienne Block discuss a recent expedition to Antarctica to map the subglacial Gamburtsev Mountains. In addition, they speak about the satisfaction that comes from pursuing a career in the sciences.
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Featured Research
Ocean's Uptake of Manmade Carbon May be Slowing

The oceans play a key role in regulating climate, absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air. Now, the first year-by-year accounting of this mechanism during the industrial era suggests the oceans are struggling to keep up with rising emissions—a finding with potentially wide implications for future climate.
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Peering Under the Ice of a Collapsing Coast

Starting this month, a giant NASA DC-8 aircraft loaded with geophysical instruments and scientists will buzz at low level over the coasts of West Antarctica, where ice sheets are collapsing at a pace far beyond what scientists expected a few years ago.
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Tree Rings, Climate Change and the Rainy Season

The rainy Asian monsoon season waters crops for nearly half the world's population—but it may not be as reliable as we think. Check out this video produced by Senior Science Writer Kevin Krajick.
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