C+S Founder Mark Cane has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Cane, an expert on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation climate process, was one of 86 newly elected members along with Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory volcanologist Terry Plank. Members are elected to the National Academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Current C+S student Elizabeth Gawthrop recently sat down with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society‘s (IRI) Senior Research Scientist Madeleine Thomson to talk about an ongoing partnership between the IRI and the World Health Organization to continue to develop climate information systems that can map, monitor and forecast climate-related disease risk.
By Brian Kahn, Communications Coordinator, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society Predicting malaria outbreaks before they occur or improving crop yield forecasts from space might sound like science fiction, but they’re projects going on at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). This spring, C+S students Caitlin Reid and Sunny Ng [...]
In cities like New York, it’s not uncommon to see vandalism on subways, buildings and streets. However, remote data buoys in the tropics are the last place you would expect to find vandals. Graffiti isn’t the problem, though. C+S faculty member and the International Research Institute from Climate and Society’s Chief forecaster Tony Barnston explains [...]
By Brian Kahn, Communications Coordinator, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society Otis Redding wraps his acclaimed 1965 album Otis Blue with “You Don’t Miss Your Water.” The refrain “you don’t miss your water ’til your well runs dry” was originally written by William Bell and inspired by his feelings of homesickness for his native [...]
By Nadav Gazit, Climate and Society ’13. Whitney Peterson couldn’t have ended up any further from New York after C+S than her current position. It’s not just space that separates Peterson, a 2010 graduate of the program, from the city. It’s her surroundings, too. Her life might be vastly different 7000 miles away in American [...]
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently designated 2012 as the warmest year on record (1895-2012) for the contiguous United States. In this video interview, C+S faculty member and chief forecaster at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Tony Barnston explains what climate factors came into play to create this record high year.
By Nadav Gazit, Climate and Society ’13. We caught up with Tony Barnston, the head of forecast operations at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, who teaches the Climate and Society core class Quantitative Models of Climate-Sensitive Natural and Human Systems, to talk about Climate and Society, his research and more. What does [...]
By Elisabeth Gawthrop, Climate and Society ’13 (originally posted on State of the Planet, Blogs From the Earth Institute) Three of North America’s major rivers run through the Midwestern U.S. In the spring of 2011, major flooding in region caused an estimated $3 billion in damages and killed seven people. Although scientists cannot predict exact precipitation amounts [...]
By Aditi Thapar, C+S 2013 On October 11th, the Earth Institute hosted the State of the Planet Conference with speakers from Columbia, the United Nations, and humanitarian communities. The conference focused on sustainable development, and a big piece of that was the topic of climate variability and change. To get to the heart of the [...]