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Tag: water matters

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

  • Land Subsidence in the Netherlands

    Land Subsidence in the Netherlands

    At a symposium on land subsidence, I learned about how the Dutch transformed their country so that about a quarter of it is below sea level and how they cope with it.

  • Taking My Class to Bangladesh

    Taking My Class to Bangladesh

    My undergraduate Sustainable Development course is in Bangladesh for a Spring Break trip to see what they have been learning about. We will be touring the country by bus and boat to learn about the environment and people of Bangladesh.

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

    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.

  • Sylhet City, Geology, and Packing Up

    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.

  • Struggling With Towed Equipment, Repairing GPS, and Home

    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.

  • Continuing the Survey: Watermelon and Winds

    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.

  • Deploying in the Mangrove Forest

    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.

  • Sailing Around the Bangladesh Coastal Zone

    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.

  • Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2021 and Beyond

    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.

Science for the Planet: In these short video explainers, discover how scientists and scholars across the Columbia Climate School are working to understand the effects of climate change and help solve the crisis.
  • Land Subsidence in the Netherlands

    Land Subsidence in the Netherlands

    At a symposium on land subsidence, I learned about how the Dutch transformed their country so that about a quarter of it is below sea level and how they cope with it.

  • Taking My Class to Bangladesh

    Taking My Class to Bangladesh

    My undergraduate Sustainable Development course is in Bangladesh for a Spring Break trip to see what they have been learning about. We will be touring the country by bus and boat to learn about the environment and people of Bangladesh.

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

    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.

  • Sylhet City, Geology, and Packing Up

    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.

  • Struggling With Towed Equipment, Repairing GPS, and Home

    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.

  • Continuing the Survey: Watermelon and Winds

    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.

  • Deploying in the Mangrove Forest

    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.

  • Sailing Around the Bangladesh Coastal Zone

    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.

  • Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2021 and Beyond

    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.