State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

Leaders of Distinction: The Lamont Research Professor

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Director G. Michael Purdy, Columbia University trustees approved the establishment of a new title, exclusive to the Observatory, for some of Columbia’s most distinguished earth science researchers.

Lamont Research Professor Robin Bell and PhD Student Adrienne BlockRobin Bell will soon become one of the most senior Observatory researchers to receive the title of Lamont Research Professor, which elevates the status of Lamont’s distinguished researchers to something akin to tenure in the University setting, and which will support Lamont’s recruitment efforts of such dedicated educator/researchers well into the future.

Most recently, Bell received a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to outfit New York Air National Guard Hercules LC-130s—which fly numerous re-supply missions to Antarctica’s McMurdo outpost each week—with radar imaging systems that will measure ice thickness and water distribution at the base of ice sheets. Studies of ice sheet flow are essential to improving the mathematical models scientists use to predict sea level rise.

In this engaging audio slideshow, Dr. Bell and PhD student Adrienne Block report on their trip to Antarctica in the winter of 2009 and discuss the importance of the teacher/student relationship.

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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