water matters Archives - State of the Planet

Water Matters, the blog of the Columbia Water Center, focuses on the assessment, understanding and resolution of the potentially global crisis of freshwater scarcity.

Study Sees Potential Ways to Mitigate India’s Risk of Groundwater Depletion

Government-subsidized electricity has played a big role in pumping out groundwater for irrigation at an unsustainable rate. Changing the system could help, say researchers.

by |July 1, 2022

Sylhet City, Geology, and Packing Up

We finished our electromagnetic survey and mini-field school in northern Sylhet, Bangladesh, with lectures and field trips to see the geology by car and boat.

by |May 27, 2022

Struggling With Towed Equipment, Repairing GPS, and Home

We switched to a towed electromagnetic system to image the fresh and saline groundwater in Bangladesh, and ran into a variety of problems, including high winds, strong currents and running aground.

by |April 1, 2022

Continuing the Survey: Watermelon and Winds

Continuing our electromagnetic survey of fresh and saline groundwater, we saw the landscape change from lush watermelon fields to fallow rice fields as the salinity increased towards the sea.

by |March 25, 2022

Deploying in the Mangrove Forest

We continued our electromagnetic expedition to image fresh and saline groundwater into the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, the world’s largest. While guards protected us from tigers, it was a wild boar that dug up some of our equipment.

by |March 18, 2022

Sailing Around the Bangladesh Coastal Zone

I am back in Bangladesh to explore the distribution of fresh and saline groundwater in the coastal zone, needed for drinking in the dry season.

by |March 12, 2022

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2021 and Beyond

Earth Institute researchers are in the field studying the dynamics of the planet on every continent and every ocean. Here is a list of projects.

by |August 24, 2021

Student Workshop Proposes Ideas for Resilience in Three Communities

In the fall 2020 course, “Responsiveness and Resilience in the Built Environment,” students learned about sustainability challenges in three urban areas and came up with potential solutions.

by Frederique Fyhr |January 29, 2021
flooded backyard

How Climate Change Impacts Our Water

Climate change disrupts the water cycle in ways that could profoundly alter how we live our lives.

by |September 23, 2019
Rescue worker during the aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse

Brumadinho Dam Collapse: Outlook and Policy Objectives

An uptick in mining-related tragedies in Brazil points to the need for stronger regulations.

by |March 18, 2019