A study by Lamont's Park Williams found that anthropogenic climate change was responsible for just over half of the total observed increase in fuel dryness since 1979. In turn, this influence has added more than 16,000 square miles of forest fire area to the western United States since 1984, nearly doubling the area scientists might have expected without the influence of similar climate change.
“Rapid intensification of large hurricanes is something that the forecasters have a lot of trouble with. The models don’t predict it very well," said Lamont's Adam Sobel. "Before reaching Haiti, it [Hurricane Matthew] went from tropical storm to category 5 in just a little more than a day. It may be the biggest rapid intensification of an Atlantic storm on record.”
Forbes talks with Lamont's Suzana Camargo about Hurricane Matthew and what we know today about the connections between climate change and extreme weather.
A new study led by Lamont's Kuheli Dutt suggests that the language that recommendation writers use to describe women may disadvantage them as job candidates, portraying them as less dynamic and excellent candidates than male counterparts.
Ben Holtzman and his colleagues involved in Lamont's Seismic Sound Lab are converting seismic data into sounds and animations, providing scientists with a new way to view what happens to Earth during earthquakes.
Female geoscientists applying for selective fellowships were less likely than their male counterparts to be described in glowing leadership-oriented terms such as “brilliant” or “trailblazer,” according to a new study from Lamont's Kuheli Dutt.
Women and men applying for geoscience postdocs receive very different letters of support from their mentors, a new study from Lamont's Kuheli Dutt shows.
All around the world, women studying geoscience are half as likely as men to receive outstanding letters of recommendation rather than merely good recommendations, new research led by Lamont's Kuheli Dutt shows. This is true no matter what region they come from.
Columbia University has appointed Lamont oceanographer and paleoclimatologist Peter B. deMenocal as Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
You can now eavesdrop on some of the world's largest earthquakes from deep inside the planet. A new project led by Lamont's Ben Holtzman and the Seismic Sound Lab lets you see, hear and feel seismic waves. The use of auditory seismology not only has educational applications, but can also lead to better earthquake predictions.
Science ministers from around the world meet in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss how Arctic warming is affecting life in the north and complicating global climate responses. Lamont's Peter Schlosser discussed some of the concerns scientists have about the region's future.
Ameena Peters writes about her experiences as a student in Lamont's Secondary School Field Research Program and how it taught her leadership and inspired her love of science.
Simply put, a hotter atmosphere demands more water. In the drought-prone West, it sucks soils, shrubs and trees bone-dry – setting the stage for fire, Rolling Stone writes. It cites a 2015 Columbia University study, led by Lamont's Park Williams, that found California's drought was up to 25 percent more severe due to global warming.
The human dispersal out of Africa that populated the world was probably paced by climate changes, Lamont's Peter deMenocal writes in Nature.
Having a master's degree in geology was rare for a woman in the 1950s, but that didn't stop Lamont's Marie Tharp from changing the field forever.
Researchers from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have worked with engineers from Reykjavik Energy to develop a method in which CO2 is mixed into water that is pumped underground into a volcanic rock called basalt. Lamont's Martin Stute explains.
Lamont's Art Lerner-Lam spoke with Chilean media about earthquake risks and building resilience during a visit to Chile shortly after the Italy earthquake. (In Spanish)
Lamont's Adam Sobel discusses the new NOAA finding that man-made climate change about doubled the chances for the type of heavy downpours that caused devastating Louisiana floods last month.
New York Magazine talks with Lamont's Klaus Jacob about urban planning in New York City amid the rising risks of climate change.
Lamont's Suzana Camargo explains why more research is needed to distinguish between natural variability and anthropogenic signal.