There’s no denying that maps can change the way we think about the world. But what about the way we think about what’s underneath? That was the case in 1953, when a young Lamont geologist named Marie Tharp made a map that helped set the stage for understanding plate tectonics.
Marie Tharp’s maps helped prove continental drift was real. But her work was initially dismissed as “girl talk”.
Large earthquakes shook Italy and Myanmar on the same day this month. Though the quakes were similar in size — magnitude 6.2 in Italy and 6.8 in Myanmar — the seismic events were unrelated. National Geographic talked with Lamont's Mike Steckler.
The earth beneath Italy's Apennine Range — where a magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck early today — is a tangle of fault lines and fractured rock. Lamont's Leonardo Seeber has studied the tectonic activity of this region for more than 35 years and talked with the Washington Post about the risks.
Lamont's Andy Juhl helps lead an effort with Riverkeeper to test water quality in the Hudson River this week from its source in the Adirondacks to New York Harbor.
Lamont's Adam Sobel joined KQED's Forum for an on-air discussion of the Louisiana flood and the role of climate change in extreme weather.
Toxic algae blooms, perhaps accelerated by ocean warming and other climate shifts, are spreading, poisoning marine life and people. National Geographic talks with Lamont's Joaquim Goes about the changes.
The Black and Bloom project examines the role that microbes might have in darkening the Greenland ice sheet – and boosting its melt. UPI talks with Lamont's Marco Tedesco about the forces driving melting in Greenland.
Lamont's Park Williams talks to the Washington Post about how drought has been contributing to increases in fire activity over the past several decades in the western United States.
The second large-scale fire in California this week is raging through the southern part of the state, and flooding in Louisiana is worsening. Combined with the fact that this past July was the planet’s single hottest month recorded, are these events indicative of climate change? New Hour talks with Lamont's Adam Sobel.
Over 2 feet of rain in less than 72 hours caused historic flooding in Louisiana this week. Chris Mooney talked with Lamont's Adam Sobel and other scientists about connections between the storm and our warming planet.
Encroaching waters already are threatening some cities. “Right now, the policy [in many places] is postponing the solution for future generations. It’s an injustice," said Lamont's Klaus Jacob.
Columbia University scientists, including Lamont's Steven Chillrud, are using innovative tools to investigate how vehicle exhaust impacts cyclists.
Greenland and its ice sheet have warmed briskly in recent years, and this summer has been warmer than normal. But in July’s final moments, at the apex of Greenland’s ice sheet, the mercury plunged to 23 degrees below zero (-30.7 Fahrenheit). Lamont's Marco Tedesco and other scientists explain why a short cold snap doesn't make a trend.
Vox Populi talks with Lamont's Peter deMenocal about an philanthropy raising funds for ocean science that's led by surfers.
Lamont's Adam Sobel explains that the lack of hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. in recent years is a relatively short-term fluctuation. The projections for increased storm intensity are for long-term global trends.
Scientists like Lamont's Suzanne Carbotte are tapping new technologies to unravel the mysteries of the deep.
Lamont's Marco Tedesco views the Arctic as a systems engineer would. He has been trying to “close the loop” and connect the exceedingly complex interactions that drive the northern climate system, which includes its sea ice, atmosphere and ocean circulations, and land ice.
In this audio podcast, Lamont's Hugh Ducklow, lead researcher for Antarctica's Palmer Station LTER, talks to The Explorers Club about the changing state of our polar regions.
Scientific American talks with Lamont's Marco Tedesco, who studies melting on Greenland, about a new project exploring how microorganisms help determine the pace of Arctic melting.