July 8, 2020

In Parched Southwest, Warm Spring Renews Threat of ‘Megadrought’

Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, was the lead researcher on a study published in April that found that conditions in the Southwest from 2000 to 2018 were comparable to several megadroughts since A.D. 800.
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July 2, 2020

Greenland Drilling Campaign Aims for Bedrock to Trace Ice Sheet’s Last Disappearance

n 2021, a $7 million U.S. campaign will begin to drill four sites in northern Greenland. Co-led by Columbia scientists, the team seeks bedrock cores that could reveal when Greenland's ice disappeared in the past million years.
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June 30, 2020

Earth’s Final Frontier: The Global Race to Map the Entire Ocean Floor

Vicki Ferrini, a geoinformatics researcher at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is part of an ambitious project to chart the seabed by 2030.
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June 23, 2020

The Big Science Moments of 2020 (So Far)

"This current drought is on par with the megadroughts of the Medieval Era," said Benjamin Cook, a research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
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June 19, 2020

Rising Seas Threaten an American Institution: The 30-Year Mortgage

A working paper co-authored by Marco Tedesco and Carolynne Hultquist of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, found banks protecting themselves in several ways.
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June 17, 2020

Seeking Dark Matter, They Detected Another Mystery

“It’s not dark matter but discovering a new particle would be phenomenal,” said Elena Aprile of Columbia University, who leads the Xenon Collaboration, the project that made the detection.
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June 14, 2020

Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

“There were just a number of their properties that really screamed out that they were coming from some kind of magnetized neutron star,” said Brian Metzger, an astrophysicist at Columbia University.
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