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Researchers with the Columbia Local weather College and the Earth Institute are finding out the dynamics of the planet on each continent and each ocean, from massive cities to the poles. Tasks vary from fundamental geology to pure hazards, air pollution, the local weather system, land-mine detection, sustainable applied sciences and extra. Beneath, an inventory of area initiatives. Depending on logistics and security elements, journalists could possibly be a part of expeditions or in any other case cowl.

Tasks are listed in tough chronological order, in three sections: NEW YORK CITY/U.S. NORTHEAST; WIDER UNITED STATES; and INTERNATIONAL. There’s additionally an inventory of tentative initiatives on the finish. Until in any other case acknowledged, initiatives originate with our Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. This listing will probably be saved up to date, so examine again periodically. Contact: senior science editor Kevin Krajick: [email protected], 212-854-9729.

NEW YORK CITY/U.S. NORTHEAST

WILD CITY | Surveys of city wildlife, New York Metropolis and suburbs | ONGOING
Like many cities, New York is dwelling to wild animals together with foxes, raccoons, opossums and skunks, together with current additions comparable to coyotes and river otters. And with increasing inexperienced areas, populations are rising. A brand new mission is censusing these creatures and investigating patterns of motion and dispersal in park, cemeteries and different areas. Headed by epidemiologist Maria Diuk-Wasser and ecologist Sara Kross, the mission makes use of 40 digital camera traps alongside a 50-kilometer transect spanning Brooklyn, Queens and Lengthy Island’s Nassau County. Efforts will quickly increase into hen counts, and sampling of smaller mammals, mosquitoes and ticks. A part of the goal is to attenuate illness unfold and different opposed animal-human interactions. The  mission is the newest addition to the nationwide Urban Wildlife Information Network.

NYC’S ANCIENT TREES | Sampling timbers from outdated buildings | ONGOING
Many New York Metropolis buildings constructed within the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are framed with huge timbers—in lots of instances, now the only real remnants of japanese old-growth forests that had been erased to assist create the metropolis. Tree-ring scientists Caroline Leland and Mukund Palat Rao are a part of a crew salvaging these uncommon artifacts from quite a few constructing demolitions that happen yearly. Many include tree rings that report previous local weather and forest historical past obtainable nowhere else. Evaluation of already-collected specimens is ongoing, and the scientists are working intently with a used timber seller to prospect new demolition websites. Story on the project

BALANCED BOULDERS | Geological fieldwork to detect previous earthquakes | Harriman State Park, Sloatsburg, N.Y. | SUMMER 2022
Sizable earthquakes are unusual within the U.S. Northeast, however just a few are recognized to have occurred because the 1600s—and the danger is critical, given dense inhabitants and infrastructure. To develop a finer estimate of their recurrence extending into prehistoric time, seismologist William Menke and colleagues will doc the steadiness of standing stones and precariously perched boulders within the stony panorama of exurban Harriman State Park. Pictures and superior image-processing expertise ought to allow them to evaluate how previous shaking has affected such options. Separate analyses will constrain the occasions of when the stones had been deposited by Ice Age glaciers. Earthquake Risk to NY Greater Than Thought

LYME THREAT | Research of human/tick contacts, Staten Island | SUMMER 2022
Within the first such effort in an city inexperienced area, researchers are finishing up a multidisciplinary mission to map the place and the way residents of Staten Island are being uncovered to Lyme illness–carrying ticks, and how one can finest stop infections. Researchers are monitoring actions of tick-carrying deer by way of radio tags; surveying parks and close by personal yards for ticks; and characterizing which panorama options encourage tick presence. Citizen volunteers are utilizing a smartphone app to trace their very own actions. Led by epidemiologist Maria Diuk-Wasser and Earth Institute postdoc Maria del Pilar Fernandez. Project webpages

SEASIDE METHUSELAHS | Tree-ring sampling, coastal NY/NJ and additional south |  MAY-NOVEMBER 2022
Only some stands of old-growth forest have survived alongside the extremely developed U.S. japanese coast, and even these are below menace from rising seas and highly effective storms whipped by local weather change. Paleoclimatologist Nicole Davi is sampling rings from these bushes, some courting to the early 1800s, to see if they’ve recorded previous occasions together with massive storms that battered them with wind and salt water. The mission is aimed toward teasing out the climate historical past of the area, and serving to forecast the long run. Previous work has taken place at New Jersey’s Sandy Hook peninsula, Fireplace Island, and Montauk. This yr, Davi and colleague Laia Andreu Hayles need to look additional south alongside the Jersey shore at Cattus Island and Lighthouse Middle; they’re additionally trying into websites in North Carolina. Story and slideshow on Sandy Hook’s forest

GOTHAM GREENHOUSE | Monitoring New York’s CO2 and methane emissions|  JUNE-JULY 2022 AND ONGOING
New York has dedicated to reducing greenhouse gases. To raised perceive the precise sources, atmospheric scientist Roisin Commane and colleagues are measuring emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and different pollution round New York Metropolis on hyper-local scales. This summer time, they’ll pattern air from a cellular lab in a van round landfills on Staten Island and Westchester County, regarded as main methane sources. Researchers on foot may even pattern air and water. Different crew members will fan out with floor devices on the New York Botanical Backyard, and at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, to measure how a lot carbon vegetation takes up from the air. One lesson discovered through the pandemic, when visitors practically disappeared: methane hardly went down, that means most of it comes not from autos, however heating techniques, energy crops and different stationary sources. Article on the portable lab | Article on the NYC project | Air quality during the pandemic

SEWAGE FLOW | Water, sediment sampling, Hudson River |ONGOING
In cooperation with the environmental group Riverkeeper, a crew led by biologist Andrew Juhl is mapping the sources and fates of sewage within the Hudson River with month-to-month water sampling by boat and from the shore. Water high quality has improved in current many years, however human waste nonetheless sweeps in throughout heavy rains and will persist in sediments. Tributaries with explicit issues embody outfalls at Kingston, Orangetown, New York Metropolis’s Newtown Creek, and the Sparkill, Roundout and Esopus creeks. The Riverkeeper project | Article on bacteria in bottom sludge

UNDER PRESSURE |Water sampling, Lengthy Island Sound | SUMMER 2022
Oceanographer Joaquim Goes and colleagues are investigating the environmental well being of the 1,300-square-mile Lengthy Island Sound. Below intense stress from surrounding populous areas, it’s usually burdened by extra vitamins, algal blooms and low oxygen ranges. Scientists and college students will acquire and analyze water samples from rivers, coastal marshes and the Sound’s waters, and collate these with satellite tv for pc pictures, to assist businesses higher handle the realm. Article on the project 

ANCIENT MARSHES | Wetland coring, New York, New Jersey| SUMMER-FALL 2022 AND ONGOING
Paleoecologist Dorothy Peteet research the altering surroundings of the U.S. East Coast each in actual time and increasing again greater than 10,000 years to the tip of the final ice age. Analyzing cores of sediment as deep as 25 toes, drilled from lake bottoms, marshes and bogs, she is plotting shifting local weather, sea ranges, hearth histories and extra. This yr she is going to participate in a large-scale NASA-sponsored mission to grasp how a lot carbon is saved in coastal marshlands, and the way a lot is being washed away and put again into the air via ongoing sea-level rise. Websites embody the marsh adjoining the Hudson River’s Iona Island in Rockland County; the in depth marshlands of the Bronx’s Pelham Bay; and Cheesequake Marsh in coastal New Jersey. In a separate mission, she is going to extract deep cores from a bathroom adjoining Budd Lake in northern New Jersey to check native circumstances on the finish of the final ice age, and core sediments from behind a dam at Bard Faculty in Tivoli, N.Y.  Article on Peteet’s work

TINY PLASTICS | Sampling for microplastics, research of organisms in New York space waters| SUMMER 2022 and ONGOING
Small bits of discarded plastics from quite a few sources are getting into New York space waters in huge portions. Utilizing newly developed expertise, oceanographer Joaquim Goes and geochemists Beizhan Yan have been sampling waters to map their abundance. Exercise this summer time stays to be decided; it could give attention to water assortment from seashores. On the similar time, a neighborhood high-school trainer and her college students have been utilizing Lamont labs to check native fish and different organisms for the presence of absorbed plastics; they’ve discovered massive quantities of the stuff inside many creatures. Article on the project / Earth Institute article on microbeads

WATERSHED MOMENT | Research of local weather and entry to scrub water, Catskill Mountains and past | MAY, JULY, SEPT-NOV 2022
The New York/New Jersey watershed, comprising the area that drains into New York harbor, consists of huge swaths of the Catskill Mountains, whose reservoirs serve 9 million individuals. As a part of a wider investigation of the socio-economic elements that expose some populations to poor consuming water, paleoclimatologist William D’Andrea will take cores from lakes, ponds and bogs within the Catskills to check how previous local weather modifications might have affected water circulate over 1000’s of years. Concurrently, dendrochronologist Nicole Davi will take cores from outdated bushes to check local weather swings in larger element over the previous lots of of years. Finished in cooperation with a multidisciplinary crew at New Jersey’s William Paterson Faculty.

ICE, EARTHLY AND EXTRATERRESTRIAL| Excessive-pressure lab experiments, Palisades, N.Y. and New York Metropolis | ONGOING
Lamont geophysicists Christine McCarthy and Rob Skarbek research circumstances below and in Earth’s glaciers, and the subsurfaces of different planetary our bodies together with our photo voltaic system’s icy moons. In a single set of experiments, McCarthy and crew are testing the sturdiness of fiber-optic tethers being designed to ship information from touchdown craft that in the future might burrow deep into Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. In one other, they’re recreating the circumstances on the rocky beds of glaciers, to grasp how glaciers transfer and the way local weather change might have an effect on them. McCarthy on her background and the physics of ice |  McCarthy’s TED-style talk on icy moons

TURNING CO2 TO STONE| Excessive-pressure lab experiments, Palisades, N.Y.| ONGOING
Geophysicists Catalina Roas-Sanchez and Jacob Tielke are performing high-pressure, high-temperature experiments as a part of a mission to inject extra CO2 underground and switch it into stone. These experiments are associated to work in Oman by geologist Peter Kelemen (beneath) that has documented pure processes that could possibly be harnessed and significantly sped up. Injecting CO2-rich liquid into samples of peridotite rock, the researchers are attempting to nail down the perfect mixture of temperature and stress that can consequence within the quickest potential sequestration of carbon. Video, photo essay, story on the Oman project | Story on the experiments

DIARY OF A TREE | Actual-time forest monitoring, Hudson Valley | ONGOING
Biologist Kevin Griffin has assembled a community of superior devices within the New York suburbs to observe the day by day physiological capabilities of bushes, and transmit the information in actual time again to the lab. He has some 60 bushes wired at varied websites within the decrease Hudson Valley and Lengthy Island. The devices are revealing how bushes reply to day by day climate shifts, and recommend how they might reply in the long term to altering local weather. In a associated mission, Griffin and have a reside rooftop webcam atop a constructing at suburban Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory that takes an image of the realm cover image each quarter-hour—the most recent addition to a world community. The mission is aimed toward assessing how seasonal rhythms of bushes and vegetation are responding to local weather change. The forest right here seems to be turning colours later within the season; and long run, species composition might change. The webcam is viewable in actual time. Article on the webcam |Camera livestream|Earth Institute article on the research |New Yorker article

TELLTALE MUD | Research of Hudson River sediments, Piermont, N.Y. |ONGOING
Foraminifera are tiny water-dwelling organisms whose shells drop to the underside once they die and construct up over time; they’re usually collected in ocean-bottom cores and used to reconstruct historic climates. Environmental scientists Logan Brenner and Laura Haynes are placing them to a special use as they research foram-containing cores taken from a riverside area station for his or her potential makes use of in monitoring air pollution, salinity and different qualities of the Hudson River estuary. Undergraduates from Barnard and Vassar faculties are taking part within the mission. Hudson River Field Station site

POISONS LURKING | Lead testing, Brooklyn N.Y. and Newark, N.J. | ONGOING
Lead has lengthy been banned in paint, gasoline and different widespread merchandise, however nonetheless lurks in city soils, the place individuals, particularly kids, can soak up it. Geochemist Alexander van Geen and colleagues are utilizing a fast-results check package to check backyards, gardens and parkland across the former website of a smelter in Purple Hook, Brooklyn. A associated mission is working with a neighborhood group to check properties in Newark, N.J. Others concerned: environmental scientist Brian Mailloux, and economists Radhika Iyengar and Brendan O’Flaherty. Article on testing in Brooklyn

CLIMATE JUSTICE | Coastal resilience research with neighborhood teams, New York/New Jersey metro space | ONGOING
By 2050, sea ranges round New York might rise by as a lot as 21 inches over 2000 ranges, and storm surges and flash flooding will virtually definitely enhance—and people issues will particularly have an effect on low-income communities, which regularly cluster in low-lying areas. The brand new Resilient Coastal Communities Venture goals to assist expanded neighborhood engagement in public planning and scientific analysis for options comparable to sea partitions, street-level inexperienced areas and wetland restoration. Researchers are working with the New York Metropolis Environmental Justice Alliance, U.S. Military Corps of Engineers and others to develop resilience plans. A mission of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development. Leaders: environmental legal professional and educator Paul Gallay and worldwide growth skilled Jacqueline Klopp. Resilient Coastal Communities Project web pages | Story on the project

RESURRECTED SPRINGS | Research of 1800s spas, Northeast states | FALL 2022
Many industrial heat springs fashionable within the nineteenth century have been left to decay or been demolished; areas of some have been misplaced. Working with native historians, geologists Dallas Abbott and Bill Menke are seeking out websites in New England and New York state to check subterranean circumstances, and the way they might be evolving. They’ll examine century-old temperature readings with new ones to guage whether or not potential delicate rises might point out if local weather change has affected underground waters.

WIDER UNITED STATES

TRIASSIC TRIP | Geologic mapping, fossil searching, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia | MAY 2022 and ONGOING
The 200-million-year-old Gettysburg sedimentary formation, spanning components of southern Pennsylvania and neighboring Maryland, might yield key insights into pure planetary local weather cycles and the evolution of dinosaurs, but it surely has been solely roughly mapped. Geologist Paul Olsen and colleagues are re-examining it, utilizing distant sensing, paleomagnetism and old style foot journey. The basin fashioned at a hinge level within the earth’s historical past, when mass extinctions came about, and dinosaurs started to dominate. Olsen will proceed on to the even older fossil-rich Taylorsville Basin of Maryland/Virginia to prospect for stays of historic reptiles and, he hopes, dinosaurs (not but discovered on this space). Planetary cycles’ effects on Earth’s climate 

MICROBE HOTHOUSE| Geologic fieldwork, U.S. Southwest | Might 15-19, 2022
Scientists have come to grasp that the subsurface is a vibrant dwelling for microbes, however little is understood about this surroundings and its evolution. Geochemist Stephen Cox and a pupil will be a part of a brand new effort to check the evolution of the deep biosphere within the U.S. Southwest. They’ll pattern the obvious stays of 30-35 million year-old hydrothermal pipes from the Navajo sandstone, which spans components of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. Later lab evaluation ought to make clear the fluids that after moved via these pipes, and sure nourished historic subsurface life. General mission is led by the College of Arizona. Story on the project

EXPLOSIVE POTENTIAL | Utilizing drones to search out land mines, Stillwater, Okla. | JUNE 6-17, 2022
Greater than a dozen international locations are sown with some 100 million land mines, which kill 1000’s of civilians yearly throughout conflicts, and lengthy after, as a result of discovering and defusing mines is sluggish, costly and harmful. A crew co-led by grad pupil Jasper Baur is testing new methods to shortly and cheaply discover them utilizing drones and synthetic intelligence. Drones can carry newly miniaturized geophysical devices that, with assist from AI, zero in on mines’ thermal or visible signatures. At an experimental vary containing actual however defused units, Baur and colleagues will hone their expertise. One goal: the toy-like however lethal Russian PFM-1 mine, which Russia is now scattering throughout Ukraine. In collaboration with Oklahoma State College’s World Explosive Hazard Mitigation mission. Story on the project | Global Explosive Hazard Mitigation | Explosives in Ukraine

ALGAE AND CLIMATE CHANGE | Neighborhood-run microbial observatory, northwest Alaska | ONGOING
Scientists working in areas inhabited by Indigenous peoples usually fail to include native information. A brand new mission led by organic oceanographer Ajit Subramaniam goals to alter this paradigm within the coastal Chukchi Sea neighborhood of Kotzebue. Right here, warming has led to declines in sea ice and thawing of permafrost. In consequence, blooms of cyanobacteria that might hurt ecosystems and people’ meals provides have gotten widespread. Kotzebue residents, who helped design this system, pattern waters repeatedly by boat and autonomous underwater autos to higher perceive the modifications and their implications. This system might function a template for initiatives in different indigenous areas. Article on previous Kotzebue work

CHANGING TUNDRA |Arctic vegetation research| Northern Alaska |JULY-AUG 2022
The Toolik Lake analysis station, on Alaska’s North Slope, has been the positioning of steady ecological analysis for 45 years, a part of a worldwide community aimed toward understanding long-term cycles and modifications in nature. Principal investigator at Toolik is plant physiologist Kevin Griffin. Together with ecologists Duncan Menge and Shahid Naeem, he’ll spend a part of July on a number of initiatives aimed toward finding out crops and permafrost. In August, atmospheric scientist Roisin Commane will research carbon fluxes amongst mosses and fungi. A lot different terrestrial and aquatic work will probably be carried out by researchers from different establishments. Toolik Field Station website

FROM SINK TO SOURCE | Measuring pure greenhouse-gas emissions, southwest Alaska  | SUMMER 2022
The Arctic has lengthy saved huge quantities of carbon in soil and permafrost—twice as a lot as within the environment. However speedy thawing of the bottom has reversed the equation; microorganisms seem like releasing saved CO2 and methane again to the air. Grad pupil Sarah Ludwig and colleagues are measuring the flux within the Yukon-Kuskowim river delta of southwest Alaska with devices on the bottom and within the air. The deliberate result’s an improved map of what’s occurring on the atmospheric interfaces of tundra, wetlands and small ponds. Project web page 

BOLT FROM THE BLUE | Learning human affect on lightning | Houston, Texas space | JUNE-SEPT 2022
Houston and its suburbs emit large quantities of aerosol air pollution from oil refineries, ships and the town itself. It additionally suffers frequent violent thunderstorms. Do aerosols play a task in producing this climate? Meteorologist Marcus Van Lier-Walqui of the Goddard Institute for House Research is a part of a crew finding out this query. He’ll forecast and analyze lightning by way of specialised ground-based devices. The crew may even use floor radar, tethered balloons, varied kinds of drones and a C-130 plane to pattern air and research the event of updrafts, downdrafts, clouds and different phenomena that could possibly be affected by aerosols. Project science plan

TEAM VOLE | Small-mammal research, northern Alaska | JULY 2022
Researchers have been finding out the consequences of warming local weather on tundra crops for practically three many years, however little is understood concerning the small animals that eat them, and their position in tundra ecosystems. Plant physiologist Kevin Griffin and ecologist Natalie Boelman are finding out rodents at plots close to Nome, Alaska; the northern foothills of Alaska’s Brooks Vary; the southerly Seward Peninsula; and the northwestern coastal village of Barrow. The mission, now in its final of 5 years, goals to mission tendencies in small-mammal populations and plant progress over the subsequent 50 to 100 years. Story, video and slideshow on related tree line project  | Tundra ecology website

SOUNDS OF A CHANGING ARCTIC | Bioacoustic/digital camera wildlife research, Alaska/Yukon | SUMMERS THRU 2024
Alaska’s Arctic Nationwide Wildlife Refuge might ultimately be uncovered to fossil gas growth. With this in thoughts, ecologist Natalie Boelman and colleagues are assessing the potential results of human intrusion on wildlife in such areas, from caribou to birds. Utilizing bioacoustic sensors and digital camera traps at 90 areas, they’re evaluating three areas: Alaska’s closely industrialized Prudhoe Bay; the Wildlife Refuge; and Canada’s protected Ivvavik Nationwide Park. Acoustic sensors choose up all the pieces from hen calls to mosquitoes buzzing, together with human noise. Synthetic intelligence will mix the sounds with digital camera pictures to investigate the abundance and actions of animals, and their reactions to disturbance. Boelman hopes to recruit volunteers to assist rely animals within the digital camera pictures.

ANCIENT SEAWATER VS. MODERN | Assortment and tradition of plankton, Santa Catalina Island, Calif. | JULY-AUG  2022 and 2023
Oceanographer Bärbel Hönisch has proven that fast-increasing CO2 within the oceans is inflicting speedy modifications with little previous precedent. Her information of previous circumstances relies partially on comparisons between shell-building plankton recovered from historic sediments and their trendy cousins—however there are some uncertainties. To raised resolve paleoclimate data, Hönisch and colleagues will conduct scuba dives and web drags to gather trendy plankton. To duplicate historic seawater qualities, they’ll tradition the plankton below various chemical and temperature circumstances at a lab on the island, and research the consequences. Humans Are Outpacing Ancient Volcanoes as a Carbon Source | Modern Ocean Acidification Is Exceeding Ancient Upheaval

TROPICAL TREES, STORMS AND CLIMATE | Forest surveys, Puerto Rico | ONGOING
Past destroying infrastructure and killing individuals, Hurricane Maria killed or severely broken 1 / 4 of Puerto Rico’s massive bushes. Forest ecologist Maria Uriarte and colleagues are working all through the island to evaluate the injury and outlook for forests. In the long run, they goal to mission how international warming and ensuing extra intense storms might have an effect on the make-up of forests throughout the tropics and subtropics. A lot of the work focuses on Luquillo Experimental Forest, close to San Juan, the place the researchers are censusing bushes as a part of a decades-long research, and finishing up work on experimental plots. Story, video, slideshow on Uriarte’s work

ANCIENT ROCKS, MODERN PURPOSE | Deep coring and groundwater research, Navajo Nation and southwest Utah | Fall 2022, spring 2023
An interdisciplinary crew will perform a uncommon mixture of analysis into historic rocks and trendy air pollution because it drills a collection of deep cores from the 200-million-year-old Chinle formation. These spectacularly coloured desert rocks fashioned on the juncture of the Triassic and Jurassic intervals, when mass extinctions swept the earth and dinosaurs started to rise. Scientists need to perceive how local weather modifications might have contributed, and these cores could possibly be key. On the similar time, there’s a extra trendy catastrophe: huge groundwater contamination from uranium and metals mining, and extraction of oil, fuel and coal. The boreholes ought to present data on how artifical contaminants and pure ones like arsenic work together with native geology and transfer round. They may even function testing websites for brand new applied sciences to filter out poisons. Scientists and Navajo college students will reconnoiter websites this fall; drilling might start in spring 2023. Venture co-led by geologist Paul Olsen in collaboration with Navajo Technical College. Petrified National Park drilling

UNDERGROUND POISON | Cleaning wells in tribal lands, North and South Dakota | ONGOING 2022-2027
U.S. tribal lands within the Dakotas include greater than 15,000 hazardous waste websites and seven,000 deserted mines, lots of which ship arsenic, uranium and different harmful substances into consuming water. That is probably linked to excessive ranges of heart problems and diabetes. In collaboration with the Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and Spirit Lake Tribes, a five-year Superfund mission will examine the pathways contaminants take, well being results, and methods to mitigate hazards. Led by Ana Navas-Acien of the Mailman College of Public Well being, with investigators together with Benjamin Bostick, Steven Chillrud and Alexander van Geen. Amongst different issues, the mission will check new applied sciences to detect and take away contaminants utilizing photo voltaic power and photosynthetic micro organism. The expertise could possibly be transferred to different areas the place arsenic and different substances are issues. Arsenic taints many U.S. wells

WARNING SIGNS | Volcano monitoring, Aleutian Islands | SEPT 2022, WITH REVISITS THRU 2025 | Telica, Nicaragua |LATE 2022 OR EARLY 2023
At anybody time, some 80 volcanoes world wide are energetic, threatening some 800 million individuals. However correct eruption forecasts have largely eluded scientists, partially as a result of many volcanoes are in underdeveloped areas, and never monitored with the expertise obtainable to richer nations. To treatment this, volcanologists Terry Plank. Einat Lev and colleagues are refining strategies to higher perceive warning indicators that presage eruptions, and in the end create an simply duplicated standardized system of devices and protocols for worldwide use. They’re now testing arrays on the Aleutian Islands’ extremely energetic Cleveland and Okmok volcanoes. Utilizing helicopters and drones, and climbing on foot, the crew is deploying sensors to detect fuel emissions; seismometers to detect shaking; GPS devices to measure floor inflation or deflation; and infrasound detectors to detect rising lava. Knowledge is transmitted constantly by way of satellite tv for pc. The crew plans to  set up up the same array at Nicaragua’s stressed Telica Volcano. Customized-built devices are at the moment being examined on the Lamont-Doherty campus as nicely.| Project web page

BETTER SEPTIC | Progressive small wastewater techniques, Alabama | ONGOING
In some rural U.S. communities, poverty and difficult soil circumstances imply that disease-causing sewage and different pollution find yourself in groundwater. That is true in central Alabama, the place 90 p.c of septic techniques perform poorly, and plenty of residents merely run a drainage pipe to a close-by ditch or stream. Right here, groups will construct 15 modular small-scale wastewater techniques, every serving about 20 households or companies. Comparable techniques are already utilized by the navy, however have to this point discovered solely restricted civilian use. If this pilot is profitable, such techniques could possibly be constructed to serve a lot wider areas elsewhere within the U.S. and world wide. Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia Water Center, co-leads the mission. Project web pages

CO2-Consuming Rocks |Carbon sequestration, central Minnesota | ONGOING
The Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy is taking part in a brand new mission to take away carbon immediately from the air and pump it underground, the place pure chemical reactions could also be harnessed to lock it into strong mineral kind.  The mission, nonetheless in planning phases, is in Tamarack, Minn., website of a deliberate nickel/copper mine. Right here, a formation of porous ultramafic rocks is believed to offer the precise circumstances. The mission would use expertise beforehand explored by Columbia scientists in Oman, the place related rocks exist. Project announcement | Previous work in Oman 

WANING GLACIERS | Citizen surveys, Washington state, Peru, Italy | TBD
Anthropologist Benjamin Orlove of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society is finding out how persons are affected by and adapting to declines of close by glaciers. Work is happening in Washington’s North Cascades, Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, and the Italian Alps. Analysis focuses on modifications in water availability, will increase in pure hazards, and alteration of culturally or economically important landscapes. The small Washington cities of Concrete and Baker, beneath glaciated Mt. Baker, depend upon tourism and snowboarding, and 40-plus years of melting is difficult them. Within the Alps, the difficulty is extra about hazards and hydropower, as sudden melting occasions ship particles flows downhill. Within the Andes, residents are attempting to deal with diminished water for irrigation and home use.

INTERNATIONAL

DEEP BIOSPHERE | Seafloor drilling, South Atlantic Ocean | APRIL 7-JUNE 7, 2022
The Worldwide Ocean Discovery Program will acquire sub-seafloor cores alongside the western flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the place rocks are 7 million to 60 million years outdated. Scientists will examine hydrothermal interactions between the growing old volcanic basalt that includes the crust, and overlying sediments. It’s thought that these zones include a largely unexplored world of microbial ecosystems, so the drilling ought to carry new insights into this deep biosphere, in addition to how the oceans have advanced throughout previous intervals of speedy local weather change. Crew will embody Lamont researchers Michael Kaplan and Angela Slagle.  IODP Expedition 390 web pages

OMINOUS GAP | Seismic surveys off western Mexico | MAY 11-JUNE 30, 2022
A significant tectonic characteristic within the Pacific off of Mexico, the Guerrero Seismic Hole, is so named as a result of it ought to be producing frequent earthquakes—but has remained ominously quiet since 1911. If pressure has been constructing, it might trigger a quake exceeding magnitude 8 that might hit coastal cities and attain all the best way to Mexico Metropolis. The analysis vessel Marcus G. Langseth will take to the ocean for about 48 days to supply 3-D pictures of the hole construction beneath the seafloor, and perceive its potential hazard. Pictures are produced by sending sound waves to the sub-seafloor and studying the echoes. Cruise leaders embody Lamont marine geologists Anne Becel and Brian BostonMarcus Langseth background | Article on Guerrero Gap

DISAPPEARING WATER|Research of glacial lake drainage, western Greenland | Might and August 2022 and 2023
Every summer time, meltwater lakes kind atop components of the Greenland ice sheet—and plenty of all of the sudden drain when their bottoms fall out. Little is understood about what triggers these occasions, the place the water goes, and the way it would possibly affect ice motion. To handle these questions, a crew will helicopter in east of the coastal city of Ilulissat to put and keep geophysical devices in and round the place lakes sometimes kind. These will embody GPS items to measure minute actions of the ice, radars to detect water pathways beneath, and water depth recorders for the lakes themselves. Group consists of seismologist Meredith Nettles and glaciologist Jonathan Kingslake. Article on meltwater within the ice

RIVERS ON ICE | Research of glacial streams, northwest Greenland | JUNE 2022
Along with meltwater lakes atop the ice, summers in Greenland see the event of meltwater rivers. A brand new mission will mix satellite tv for pc imagery and in situ measurements to create the primary Greenland-wide map of such options, and attain a larger understanding of their quantity and the place the water finally ends up. As a part of this, glaciologist Alexandra Boghosian will immediately measure the circulate of in-ice rivers within the distant northwest of Greenland. Venture is led by Brown College. Article on Boghosian’s work

ISLAND MYSTERY | Rock sampling, Azores | EARLY JULY 2022
The volcanic Azores archipelago, mendacity far out within the Atlantic Ocean, is positioned on the advanced and stressed juncture of three tectonic plates—the North American, the Eurasian and the African. Its evolution is of nice curiosity to geologists. Geologist Ricardo Ramalho and geochemist Sidney Hemming will spend every week on tiny Corvo Island (inhabitants about 400), the place little or no is understood relative to the opposite islands. They’ll chisel off samples of rock from varied websites to carry out later lab analyses aimed toward revealing when and the way the island fashioned.

ANCESTRAL LAND | Research of historic local weather, tectonics and life, northwest Kenya | SUMMER 2022
Paleoclimatologist Kevin Uno and different Lamont scientists are a part of the large-scale Turkana Miocene Venture, which is finding out many facets of panorama and organic evolution and their relation to local weather, from 23 million to five million years in the past. The area is of particular curiosity as a result of it later turned a middle of human evolution. The crew, involving researchers from a dozen establishments, will excavate 4 to 6 fossil-rich websites this summer time. Project website | Human origins in the Turkana region

POLLUTED TREASURE | Measuring results of gold mining, Peruvian Amazon | SUMMER 2022, WINTER AND  SUMMER 2023
The Madre de Dios river basin of southeast Peru is closely pocked by deforestation and small-scale unlawful gold mines. A crew together with grad pupil Jennifer Angel Amaya will examine the hydrologic results of mines and the implications for polluting mercury (used for processing gold) and launch of greenhouse gases from outdated mine websites. They’ll examine water high quality and circulate in two streams, one closely affected by mining and one comparatively untouched, utilizing each repeated sampling and glued devices. The work ought to assist inform methods to revive impacted areas. A part of a wider Nationwide Geographic-sponsored effort to check the Amazon from supply to mouth. Amazon Basin project announcement

HIGH MOUNTAINS, DEEP EARTH | Geologic fieldwork, Indian Himalayas | July-August 2022
Within the excessive Himalayan desert of the Ladakh area, rocks usually discovered 100 kilometers down have someway been thrust to the floor, because the Indian subcontinent slowly collides with Asia. Geologist Peter Kelemen and Indian colleagues will journey the gorgeous and sparsely populated panorama round Lake Moriri to pattern exposures of those uncommon rocks, for clues to how carbon and sulfur cycle via the mantle, the place the rocks got here from. Later lab analyses will probably be finished at Lamont-Doherty. Story, video on Kelemen’s work on mantle rocks in Oman

WARMING MOUNTAINS | Ecological surveys, Colombian Andes | LATE AUGUST 2022 AND ONGOING
The wetland páramos of the Andes, the treeless high-altitude areas between the glaciers and tree line, harbor visually beautiful ecosystems with crops and creatures discovered nowhere else. Additionally they present water to main cities. However local weather change is thinning clouds, drying land and rising wildfires, stressing crops and different biota. Since 2004, scientists led by Daniel Ruiz Carrascal of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society have been monitoring one space in Colombia’s Los Nevados Nationwide Park, documenting modifications in ecology, and amassing temperature, humidity and different information from sensors. Los Nevados observatory web page |  Watch a slideshow on the project  | Story on the project

ISLANDS RISING | Previous sea-level analyses, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas | June and November 2022
To enhance forecasts of future sea degree rise, scientists are turning to coastlines which have preserved geologic markers of the place sea ranges had been throughout previous occasions when the planet warmed quickly, much like immediately. Many islands within the Caribbean include such markers. Geodynamicist Jacqueline Austermann, paleoclimatologist William D’Andrea and colleagues will pattern and measure coral and rock formations alongside coastlines within the Turks and Caicos in June, and tentatively within the northern Bahamas in November. One focus would be the interglacial interval about 120,000 years in the past, when temperatures had been shut to what’s projected for later this century, and seas might have risen precipitously. Story on related research in Barbados


AFRICAN SMOG | Air air pollution monitoring, sub-Saharan Africa | JUNE 20-JULY 8, 2022 AND ONGOING
Lots of Africa’s fast-growing megacities endure from drastic air air pollution, killing as many as 700,000 individuals a yr. But most cities can not even measure air pollution, a lot much less deal with it. Atmospheric scientist Dan Westervelt and colleague are establishing reasonably priced monitoring networks in additional than a half dozen cities to assist chart soot, ozone and different substances produced by cooking with wooden and charcoal, car emissions, diesel turbines and burning of rubbish. Installations this summer time in Porto-Novo, Benin; Accra, Ghana; and Lomé, Togo. Different websites: Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya;  Kigali, Rwanda; and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Air Pollution in the Global South | Measuring pollution in Togo Bridging the Pollution Data Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa

PLUNGING CANYONS | Geologic fieldwork, South Australia | EARLY JUNE-MID AUGUST 2022
The interval 720 million to 540 million years in the past was marked by violent swings in local weather, together with ice ages that glaciated most or all the planet, and evolution of the primary advanced organisms, through the Ediacaran Interval. Geologists Nicholas Christie-Blick and Sarah Giles will pattern rocks and look at carbon isotopes from round this time within the deep canyons of the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. The canyons are thought to have fashioned underwater, and thus might maintain proof of how marine life advanced over lengthy stretches of time. The researchers may even look at new proof suggesting the canyons might have been reduce by rivers throughout a short however excessive drawdowns of sea ranges.

QUICK ACTION | Assessing flash-flood dangers, Ecuador | LATE JUNE-EARLY JULY
Flash floods are a rising concern, from Germany to Indonesia to the US and different nations. However assessing the dangers and creating warning techniques are challenges, as a result of these occasions typically come up from sudden downpours over restricted areas. Andrew Kruczkiewicz of the International Research Institution for Climate and Society and Carolynne Hultquist of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network are creating improved early-warning techniques world wide. In a single such mission, they’ll do fieldwork in Ecuador, involving distant sensing, mining of historic climate information and mapping geophysical properties of potential flood areas. Hosted and coordinated by the Ecuador Purple Cross. Improving flash flood warnings

SINKING AND SHAKING | Research of Bangladesh land subsidence and earthquake threat| ONGOING
Throughout a lot of Bangladesh, sea ranges have risen and the land is sinking, resulting from pure compaction of sediments. This not solely threatens flooding, however air pollution of recent water aquifers. Moreover, it has grow to be clear that the area faces substantial earthquake threat. Geophysicist Michael Steckler and colleagues are finding out the forces at work with exact measurements of underlying geology and altering land ranges, particularly close to the coast. The research are aimed partially at design and upkeep of the prolific array of dikes that hold the ocean at bay in lots of areas, in addition to assessing underlying earthquakes dangers. Bangladesh earthquake risk | Watch a documentary | Project blog

FAR NORTH FOREST | Tree ring coring, southern Greenland | MID JULY 2022
Glaciologist Marco Tedesco and tree-ring skilled Brendan Buckley will go to Greenland’s solely pure forest, within the distant Qinngua Valley. The forest, nestled  in an uncommon protected space, hosts slow-growing bushes in all probability hundred of years outdated; tree rings might include uniquely worthwhile details about how Greenland’s local weather has modified, and the potential for bushes and different vegetation to take over as Greenland continues to heat. The crew plans to spend just a few days coring dwelling bushes; they might additionally attempt to find logs which have lately melted out of close by glacial ice, which might doubtlessly lengthen the report again a lot farther. Greenland Once Had Lush Forests | How Climate Change May Green Greenland

BEDROCK CLUES | Coring of rock below Greenland ice | JULY-AUG 2022-2026
In 2016, scientists introduced {that a} uncommon pattern of rock from deep below the Greenland ice indicated that the sheet had melted to bedrock not less than as soon as within the current geologic previous—a shock to many, because it recommended the identical might occur with human-influenced local weather change. Nevertheless, the proof got here from only a single core, taken within the Nineties. Now a crew led partially by Joerg Schaefer, creator of the unique report, is following up by drilling via the ice to bedrock at 4 different websites. Additionally on the mission: Nicolás Young and Gisela Winckler. Geophysical work is already underway on the websites.  Story on the project | Greenland ice melted to bedrock in the past 

END OF AN ICE SHEET? | Glacial geology, Baffin Island, Canada | JULY-AUG 2022
The Barnes Ice Cap, positioned on Canada’s Arctic Baffin Island, is without doubt one of the final remnants of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which as soon as lined North America as far south as New York and New Jersey. It’s receding, and up to date modeling suggests it might disappear by 2200, resulting from warming local weather. However are present circumstances unprecedented? Geologists and geochemists together with Nicolás Young, Joerg Schafer and Gisela Winckler will journey to the sting of the ice to gather samples from bedrock that has emerged from below the ice within the final decade. They’ll later measure uncommon cosmogenic nuclides that can point out whether or not the ice pulled again to the same extent in some unspecified time in the future after the final ice age. Abstract of the project

LAND’S END | Lake coring, archaeology, northern Greenland |AUGUST 2022 & 2023
Peary Land, an uninhabited peninsula in far northern Greenland was as soon as an oasis, if a particularly harsh one, for early Arctic individuals; its dry local weather retains glaciers from constructing, making it the world’s northernmost ice-free area. Little is understood about how individuals survived right here way back to 2500 BC, or why they ultimately left. Paleoclimate scientist William D’Andrea will be a part of a crew of archaeologists and others finding out the once-occupied Wandel Dal valley. By coring lake sediments, he and colleagues hope to retrieve leaf stays, pollen, historic DNA and different materials to stipulate previous temperatures, precipitation, and plant and animal life. A separate expedition together with paleoclimatologist Tobias Schneider will core lakes in one other space of Peary Land. Wandel Dal project website | D’Andrea’s work in Arctic Norway

NAVIGATING THE NEW ARCTIC | Mapping Greenland’s coastal waters | SEPTEMBER 2022 AND ONGOING
Sea ranges in a lot of the world are rising, however ranges in Greenland are dropping, partly as a result of Greenland is shedding a lot ice, the land itself is rebounding—in locations, as much as an inch a yr. This threatens to strand many roadless coastal communities, which depend upon already shallow waters for journey and fishing. At the side of native individuals, a gaggle led by polar scientists David Porter, Robin Bell and Kirsty Tinto are mapping coastal waters close to 4 communities intimately, and cooperating with native residents to put in and keep tide gauges and different devices to grasp real-time modifications and future prospects. Work takes place in Kullorsuaq, Aasiaat, Tasilaq, and Nuuk. Customized-built low-cost devices are at the moment being examined at a Hudson River pier close to the Lamont-Doherty campus. Project web pages | Story on the project | Story, video, slideshow on the melting of Greenland

1,000 YEARS OF WEATHER | Tree-ring sampling, Peru, Bolivia | SEPTEMBER 2022
As a part of a five-year mission to reconstruct climate patterns and extremes over the previous millennium, scientists led by Laia Andreu-Hayles will pattern rings from historic bushes in Peru and Bolivia. Work will lengthen from 15,000 toes within the Andes into decrease elevations of the western Amazon. The crew will merge the information with separate research of cave formations to yield a long-term image of local weather variations on this area. This yr, researchers will pattern close to Abancay, southern Peru, and in Bolivia’s Madidi Nationwide Park. Abstract of the research

SAFE HARBOR | Defending Kids From Disasters, Dominica | ONGOING 2022
Thalia Balkaran of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness helps communities on the Caribbean island of Dominica develop catastrophe preparedness plans that concentrate on kids. Working with child-oriented organizations, she is making use of a resilience initiative pioneered at U.S. websites, primarily among the many indigenous Kalinago individuals. Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative | Story on the project

OCEAN INVADERS| Research of dangerous plankton off Oman | ONGOING THRU MAY 2023
It’s half plant, half animal, and it’s taking on. It’s Noctiluca scintillans, a floating organism that types thick, slimy mats on the ocean, feeding on all the pieces from daylight to fish eggs. It’s thriving within the Arabian Sea, the place local weather change has created the precise circumstances, damaging fishing and aquaculture, clogging water intakes of oil refineries and desalination crops, and hurting tourism. Oceanographer Joaquim Goes is main a research of the organism and how one can cope with it, working at sea to grasp the forces that drive its life cycle, and the way Oman can adapt. The creatures are actually spreading off southeast Asia and India, and will ultimately attain different areas. Studying Bioluminescent Blooms in the Arabian Sea

RIVERS IN THE ICE | Hydrographic research, Greenland ice sheet | SUMMER 2023
In 2019, Lamont scientists introduced the primary recognized observations of estuaries—rivers that circulate forwards and backwards with meltwater and ocean tides—penetrating an ice shelf, in Greenland. The invention is an ominous signal, as this motion has the potential to weaken and ultimately shatter the ice. In 2023, a crew together with glaciologist Alexandra Boghosian will land by air on the newly found estuary in northwest Greenland’s Petermann Ice Shelf, to make the first-ever in situ measurements of water velocity, discharge and temperature, and research the consequences on surrounding ice. Report of the estuary discovery | Scientific American article

LAND AND CONFLICT | Research of protected areas, Japan | ONGOING 2021-2024
Joshua D. Fisher, who co-directs the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity, will go to rural areas to research how nicely totally different techniques of governance are working in protected areas. With many Japanese shifting to cities, populations in lots of of those areas are declining, not rising, presenting points not seen in lots of different international locations. That is a part of a wider worldwide mission based mostly at Hiroshima College designed to enlarge constructive social, financial and environmental results of managing protected areas. Project web pages

UNCERTAIN THREATS | Research of earthquake faults, New Zealand | TBD
A lot of New Zealand’s panorama is dominated by seen earthquake faults, however little is understood about their long-term risks, as a result of it’s exhausting to inform when the final massive quakes occurred. To handle this, Lamont-Doherty geologist and geochemist Stephen Cox and seismologist Genevieve Coffey of New Zealand’s GNS Science will acquire rock samples from main faults within the sparsely populated Wairarapa area of the South Island. Most work will probably be finished alongside the coast, the place faults are visibly uncovered at low tide. Samples will probably be analyzed utilizing chemical strategies newly developed at Lamont that enable scientists to detect and date earthquakes that occurred tens of 1000’s to tens of millions of years in the past. ‘Quiet’ Part of San Andreas May Be Threat  | How Earthquakes Leave Chemical Clues in Rocks

FIRE UNDER ICE | Geologic fieldwork, James Ross Island, Antarctica | DEC 2022-JAN 2023
Positioned close to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, James Ross Island hosts alternating layers of marine sediments, glacial particles and volcanic flows, laid down as sea ranges and ice fronts surged forwards and backwards in tandem with dramatic modifications in local weather over tens of millions of years. The presence of the volcanic flows — a few of which erupted below ice — implies that the the climate-driven modifications to the panorama might be finely dated, utilizing radiometric strategies. Geochemists Sidney Hemming and Michael Kaplan will be a part of with Argentine colleagues to research the interval from 3.3 million to 1.7 million years in the past, when the planet moved from the widely hotter Pliocene to the Pleistocene, when temperatures dropped and drove the planet’s most up-to-date cycle of ice ages.

SLOW EROSION. VERY SLOW. | Geologic fieldwork, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica | NOV-DEC 2022
Utilizing progressive new devices, geochemist Jennifer Lamp and colleagues are measuring erosion of rocks in Antarctica’s chilly, windy McMurdo Dry Valleys, Earth’s finest analog to Mars. It could take tens of millions of years for seen erosion to happen right here, however the devices choose up minute acoustic emissions that sign openings of tiny cracks in rocks; from these, scientists hope to extrapolate erosion charges. The work is anticipated to open new vistas onto the evolution of the surfaces of each planets. Project blog

SLIDING INTO THE SEA | Geophysical measurements, Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica | NOV 2022-FEB 2023
West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier is losing at a quickening tempo, already contributing 4 p.c of present international sea-level rise. In one of many greatest worldwide Antarctic collaborations ever, some 100 scientists from seven international locations are finding out each side of the glacier and its mattress. Amongst them, geophysics grad pupil Elizabeth Case will camp on the ice with colleagues to gather information on the rocks and sediments beneath the glacier, utilizing radar, seismic and electromagnetic measurements. Story on the project | Project web page

FORCED MIGRATION | Entry to well being care, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon; doubtlessly Japanese Europe | ONGOING
The REfugees Act and Talk for Well being (REACH) program is working to enhance well being literacy and entry to take care of the numerous younger individuals pushed from their properties by the Syrian civil struggle. One instrument is a cell-phone app utilized in Turkey that provides dependable data on bodily and psychological well being, and geolocated referral assist for companies, in Arabic, Turkish and English. The crew plans to extend the variety of languages and increase the app to different areas, together with international locations affected by the struggle in Ukraine. Headed by Dr. Ozge Karadag of the Center for Sustainable DevelopmentREACH website

RESCUING SLAG AND CO2 | Steelworks recycling, northern China | ONGOING
Researchers from the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy are working with Baotou Metal in Interior Mongolia to run a revolutionary new plant designed to recycle slag and waste CO2 into uncooked supplies utilized in paper, plastic, paint, cement, and the oil and fuel industries. A pilot run has been accomplished; as researchers analyze the information, the crew is shifting ahead with a phase-2 demonstration, which is close to industrial scale. Venture led by Lenfest director Ah-Hyung (Alissa) ParkArticle on the project

SOUNDS OR SILENCE? | Bioacoustic recording, central, south India | ONGOING
Venture Dhvani (Sanskrit for “sound”) is putting recorders within the biodiverse dry tropical forests of central India, together with the well-known Kanha Tiger Reserve, and within the nation’s mountainous, misty Western Ghats. Utilizing newly developed algorithms, researchers are plotting the abundance of many creatures that talk with sound, together with bugs, amphibians, birds and mammals. The goal is to check how human presence is affecting them, and the way totally different approaches to restoring degraded landscapes have an effect on wildlife. Some sounds are transmitted in actual time, enabling researchers to select up indicators of poaching or logging. Venture overseen by Local weather College co-dean Ruth DeFriesProject Dhvani website Western Ghats site

NEW GROWTH | Monitoring tree responses to drought, Costa Rica, Sweden, Florida | ONGOING THRU 2024
Many forests internationally are projected to see expanded intervals of drought as local weather warms. Ecoclimatologist Mukund Palat Rao is finding out potential results by putting in dendrometers, delicate devices that report how particular person bushes reply to altering circumstances hour by hour, over lengthy intervals of time. He has put in devices at Costa Rica’s La Selva Organic Station, at Svartberget, Sweden, and in northern Florida. He’ll return periodically to take care of them and obtain information. Colleagues engaged on the mission are monitoring websites in Alaska, Saskatchewan, Belgium and Denmark.

CATALYZING ENERGY | Mapping potential electrical funding, Uganda | ONGOING THRU 2024
Efforts to enhance entry to power within the creating world regularly give attention to properties, colleges and well being services. This mission focuses as an alternative on mapping areas the place agriculture might increase if extra power had been obtainable, and create worthwhile markets for buyers in new infrastructure. Guided partially by satellite tv for pc imagery, researchers are touring Uganda to interview individuals and collect visible information on crops, livestock, wells, irrigation techniques, and agricultural processing and storage techniques. Co-led by engineer Vijay ModiProject web page

CLEARER AIR | Shifting households to cleaner fuels, central Ghana | ONGOING
Some 3 billion individuals cook dinner with wooden and different biomass on rudimentary stoves, producing a fifth of the world’s black-carbon emissions, and substantial opposed well being results. In a central Ghana area with 30,000 individuals, researchers are exploring methods to transition individuals to new cookware and cleaner fuels, together with propane. Employees consists of geochemist Steven Chillrud, who measures human publicity to soiled air. Project  web page

DANGEROUS WELLS | Testing for arsenic and fluoride, Southeast Asia| ONGOING
Naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater is a significant downside in wells throughout a lot of Asia. Geochemists Alexander van Geen and Ben Bostick are finding out the causes and potential mitigation measures, working throughout Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Cambodia and western China. A associated downside is extra fluoride. Within the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, researcher Radhika Iyengar of the Center for Sustainable Development has recruited faculty college students to pattern wells regularly and inform communities that are secure or unsafe. Fluoride testing in India | Videos and story on Asian geological and health studies  | Arsenic pollution near Hanoi

GONE GLACIERS | Geologic fieldwork, Chilean and Argentine Andes |TBD
Glacial geologist Michael Kaplan and colleagues at Chilean and Argentine establishments are working  to research how altering local weather and the quick tectonic uplift of the Andes have interacted to kind the precipitous landscapes of immediately. The researchers acquire rocks and different particles left by former glaciers for lab evaluation. The final word aim is to grasp long-term modifications in local weather, and their position within the evolution of those areas. Fieldwork will happen intermittently over coming years.

SUSTAINING PEACE | Area interviews/workshops, New Zealand, Costa Rica |  POSTPONED
Whereas most analysis frames peace inside the context of battle and struggle, social psychologist Peter Coleman and colleagues from the Advanced Consortium on Conflict, Cooperation and Complexity are finding out the elements that contribute to concord in societies which can be outstandingly peaceable. Fieldwork was lately accomplished in Mauritius. The researchers hope to maneuver on to Costa Rica and New Zealand when circumstances allow. Report on Mauritius |  The Sustaining Peace Project | Researchers Study How Mauritius Achieves Peace

MORE POTENTIAL RESEARCH; DETAILS WHEN AVAILABLE

Within the wake of the Russian struggle in opposition to Ukraine, Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, has visited Poland, the place many refugees are lodged. He’s within the technique of organizing a mission to asses and help displaced kids and youth. Redlener has written about the war’s effects on children.

Earth Institute postdoctoral researcher Leah Jones-Crank is spending spring 2022 investigating how institutional and governance buildings coping with meals, power and water make Singapore one of many world’s most sustainable cities.

Marine seismologist Spahr Webb will take part in a number of analysis cruises this yr. June-July 2022 will see a visit to Axial Volcano, off Oregon, to research the construction of the magma chamber beneath. Later cruises embody retrieval of ocean-bottom seismic devices from off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the place they had been dropped following three current massive earthquakes. And he will probably be a part of a crew to deploy related devices off New Zealand to check slow-slip seismic events within the Hikurangi subduction zone.

Bodily oceanographer Andreas Thurnherr will probably be chief scientist on a US GO-SHIP hydrographic cruise from Honolulu to San Diego, June 13-July 16, 2022. It’s a part of a sustained effort to measure ocean chemistry, temperature, dissolved carbon and different qualities internationally.

In summer time 2022, the Piermont Marsh Secondary School Programs can have high-school college students work in suburban marshland alongside the Hudson River and inexperienced areas alongside the New York Metropolis waterfront. They’ll acquire information on carbon flux, vitamins, sediment accumulation, plastics contamination and wildlife. This feeds right into a long-term research on the estuary’s well being and evolution within the face of sea-level rise and different forces. Program heads: Margie Turrin and Laurel Zaima.

In fall 2022, Jorge Otero-Pailos, a professor of historic preservation on the Graduate College of Structure, will take a gaggle of graduate college students to Venice to check how the town is adapting to rising sea ranges. The group will suggest potential initiatives to cope with the difficulty.

The long-running GEOTRACES program, through which scientists are investigating biogeochemical biking of hint components within the oceans, will ship a ship from Tahiti to Chile by the use of Antarctic waters, Dec. 22, 2022-Jan 23, 2023. Amongst others, Lamont researchers Martin Fleisher and Jennifer Middleton will probably be sampling water for quite a lot of initiatives.


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