State of the Planet

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Field Trip to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

By: Andrew Wilson

Students from Columbia University’s Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development enjoyed a trip to the annual Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House in October. The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is the Earth Institute’s center for scientific research, housing research facilities in fields ranging from marine geology to climate change. At the Open House, students had the opportunity to tour the Observatory’s cutting edge science facilities, meet scientists, and enjoy the beautiful campus in Palisades, New York. As part of the tour, students were able to examine the center’s Core Repository, the largest collection of ocean-floor, lake, bog, and marsh sediment samples in the world!

This trip was one of two this fall for the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. These experiences allow our students to consider career paths, to engage challenging and multifaceted sustainable development problems and solutions, and to foster an excitement for science and discovery that augments their classroom experiences. This semester’s schedule can be found here.

Andrew Wilson is a Masters in Public Administration in Development Practice candidate at Columbia University and will graduate in 2014.

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