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Projects and Initiatives

Abrupt Climate Change

We all know that climate is either going to change, or is already doing so, as a result of human activities changing the atmosphere's composition and its land surface.

African Climate And Human Evolution

Environmental hypotheses of African faunal evolution propose that major faunal speciation, extinction, and innovation events during the Pliocene-Pleistocene were mediated by changes in Africa

United States
8° 42' 40.8924" N, 39° 51' 30.2328" E

Antarctic Sea Ice Forecast


Antarctic sea ice seasonal forecasts based on a linear Markov model are in high demand for both observational and climate communities. They are provided by Xiaojun Yuan and Dake Chen.

United States
74° 57' 33.8112" S, 22° 51' 5.6268" E


The Antarctic Zone Flux Experiment (ANZFLUX) was conducted aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer in the Eastern Weddell Sea.

United States
65° 0' 0" S, 5° 0' 0" W

Climate Kids Corner

Activities and Links for K-12 children interested in oceanography and the climate


CCORC - Consortium on the Ocean's Role in Climate
ARCHES - AbRupt climate CHangE Studies

Global Decadal Hydroclimate Predictability, Variability And Change

Global precipitation minus evaporation

 GloDecH is a research program funded by the NOAA Climate Variability and Predictability Program and conducted at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  The research program involves a large number

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
United States

Hudson River Monthly CTD Surveys

Photo of John Lipscomb deploying a CTD

A monitoring program was initiated in 2001 to monitor the Hudson River's basic state variables of salinity, temperature and density along transects from New York Harbor to Troy.

Jamaica Bay Physical and Biogeochemical Study

Integrated reconnaissance of the physical and biogeochemical characteristics of Jamaica Bay, New York.

LDEO ENSO Forecasts


Monthly forecasts of tropical Pacific SST and wind anomalies.

North American Drought Research At Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Research led by Richard Seager describes a modeling and paleoclimate perspective on the causes of North American droughts.

North America
United States

North Atlantic Oscillation

Introduction to the North Atlantic Oscillation, the most significant climate phenomena in the northern hemisphere.

Northern Hemisphere Winter Snow Anomalies: ENSO, NAO And The Winter Of 2009/10

Writing in July 2010 when the eastern U.S. has been having one heat wave after another, it is easy to forget the winter just past, but winter 2009/10 was one of record snow in much of the mid-Atlantic region and very cold conditions across eastern North America. There was also widespread cold and snow in northwestern Europe.  At the time, as record snowfall hit Washington D.C., this was a big deal much exploited by climate deniers and others to ridicule global warming and climate science.

Polar Climate Group

Research and analysis of the Polar Regions and their impact on global climate.


Southern Ocean Circulation And Overturning

The ring of deep water around Antarctica not only links the major ocean [Atlantic/Pacific/Indian] , but also produces dense waters along the continental margins of the frozen continent, which sinks

The Exotic Seas of Southeast Asia

A truly unique part of the ocean’s geography is the seas of Southeast Asia: the Java Sea, the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea.  Stretching more than 2800 miles from Australia to southeast Asia, with more than 20000 islands, the constraints of narrow passages and seas, with varied sizes and depths, represents an interesting challenge to our understanding of ocean processes.  Through these southeast Asian seas tropical Pacific water weaves its way into the Indian Ocean which affects the characteristics of such well known climate phenomena as El Niño and the Asian monsoon.

Torrey Plant Physiology Lab

The Ecophysiology group studies the physiological mechanisms underlying plant responses to environmental conditions and the influence these responses have on ecological pa