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  • Christine McCarthy: A Cheerleader for the Physics of Ice

    Christine McCarthy: A Cheerleader for the Physics of Ice

    Christine McCarthy, a geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, scrunches blocks of ice between hunks of rock to study how ice behaves under pressure. Her work provides an important piece of the puzzle of how glaciers move, what makes them speed up, and how they are contributing to sea level rise as the climate warms.

  • Crushing Ice to Learn About Glaciers & Icy Moons

    Crushing Ice to Learn About Glaciers & Icy Moons

    To understand how quickly ice from glaciers can raise sea level or how moons far across the solar system evolved to hold vast, ice-covered oceans, we need to be able to measure the forces at work. A new instrument designed and built at Lamont does just that.

  • Top Seismology Award Goes to Pioneer in Rock Mechanics: Christopher Scholz

    Top Seismology Award Goes to Pioneer in Rock Mechanics: Christopher Scholz

    For his pioneering work in rock mechanics and his skill at communicating earthquake science, Scholz is being honored on April 20 by the Seismological Society of America with its top award, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal.

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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

  • Christine McCarthy: A Cheerleader for the Physics of Ice

    Christine McCarthy: A Cheerleader for the Physics of Ice

    Christine McCarthy, a geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, scrunches blocks of ice between hunks of rock to study how ice behaves under pressure. Her work provides an important piece of the puzzle of how glaciers move, what makes them speed up, and how they are contributing to sea level rise as the climate warms.

  • Crushing Ice to Learn About Glaciers & Icy Moons

    Crushing Ice to Learn About Glaciers & Icy Moons

    To understand how quickly ice from glaciers can raise sea level or how moons far across the solar system evolved to hold vast, ice-covered oceans, we need to be able to measure the forces at work. A new instrument designed and built at Lamont does just that.

  • Top Seismology Award Goes to Pioneer in Rock Mechanics: Christopher Scholz

    Top Seismology Award Goes to Pioneer in Rock Mechanics: Christopher Scholz

    For his pioneering work in rock mechanics and his skill at communicating earthquake science, Scholz is being honored on April 20 by the Seismological Society of America with its top award, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal.