News and Events

  • November 21, 2017

    Medicanes – hurricane-like storms in the Mediterranean – are rare but can be dangerous, as demonstrated by Medicane Numa’s path of destruction in Greece.

  • November 21, 2017

    Tightly consolidated sediments along a portion of the Cascadia Subduction Zone contribute to locking of the fault along the plate boundary for long intervals, major earthquakes, and the potential for a large tsunami.

  • November 16, 2017

    Two solar array farms in Orange County, New York, will be completed at the end of November, poised to provide power to and reduce the carbon footprint of the Lamont Campus.

  • November 13, 2017

    Concurrent with the announcement that human carbon emissions reached a new peak this year, Galen McKinley, a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, was interviewed about the difficulties of tracking the sources and destinations of carbon dioxide.

  • November 06, 2017

    Ozone pollution near Earth’s surface is one of the main ingredients of summertime smog. But it is not directly measurable from space, because the abundance of ozone higher in the atmosphere masks the near-surface. Now, researchers have devised a way to use satellite measurements of the precursor gases that contribute to ozone formation to predict when and where ozone will form.

  • November 03, 2017

    Every four years Congress is provided with a state-of-the-art report on the impacts of climate change on the United States. The next National Climate Assessment is scheduled for 2018, but its scientific findings are scheduled to be published today. Here, two of its authors explain what to expect.

  • November 01, 2017

    A new study says that storms of intensities seen today, combined with a few meters increase in sea level, were enough to transport coastal boulders weighing hundreds of tons more than 100,000 year ago.

  • October 31, 2017

    The warmer, more acidic waters caused by climate change will affect the health of tiny marine organisms essential to the marine food web and important to the marine carbon cycle.

  • October 31, 2017
    Perched on a cliff face in Israel’s Negev Desert, close to where the book of Genesis says the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were burned by divine fire, geochemists Yael Kiro and Steven Goldstein uncovered evidence of events even more ancient.
  • October 30, 2017

    During a show at the Hayden Planetarium, seismologist Ben Holtzman explains how he turns earthquake data into captivating sounds and visualizations.

  • October 27, 2017

    During a conference at Columbia University, scientists pinpointed areas where advances in fire prediction can be made within the next decade.

  • October 24, 2017

    Volcanic eruptions have been known to cool global climate, but they can also accelerate melting of ice sheets by changing the surface reflectance of the ice.

  • October 23, 2017

    In October 2012, Sandy devastated large swaths of New York City with floods and fire. How well have we recovered? And will we be ready for the next big storm?

  • October 23, 2017

    Scientists have spotted mature jellyfish under the Arctic sea ice, where they aren’t supposed to be.

  • October 19, 2017

    The undersea Corinth rift, in the Gulf of Corinth in central Greece, is one of the most seismically active areas in Europe. Starting this month, researchers will drill into it to discover the rift’s past and future.