Climate

Maria Uriarte among tall trees
While Puerto Rico continues to struggle with Hurricane Maria’s impact on the island’s infrastructure, Columbia ecologist Maria Uriarte is looking at another aspect of the recovery effort—damage to the island’s landscape and its potential long-term effects on climate change.
The project combines mapping techniques with Twitter-usage data to gain a real-time understanding of how people occupy public space.
Alex Halliday

Photo Courtesy of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, Oxford University

“Alex Halliday is a renowned research scientist and skillful academic leader who is uniquely suited to charting the Institute’s future and its vital interdisciplinary role at the University," said President Lee C. Bollinger.
Tufa Dinku, a researcher at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society, is working to fill Africa's climate-data gaps by combining satellite measurements with sparse on-the-ground weather-station data. Improved weather and climate forecasts can help farmers and epidemiologists increase crop yields and limit the spread of malaria and other infectious diseases.
Kate Marvel on the steps of Low Library with Alma Mater behind her.

Photo by John Pinderhughes

Kate Marvel is an associate research scientist at both the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. She has been focusing on earth's rising temperature and the role clouds play in climate change.

The Columbia community is thinking of those who are contending with flooding and related emergencies. In addition to individual school deans of students, there are immediate resources available:

Columbia Counseling and Psychological Services:

Amelia Wolf walking through a field of flowers and a mountain scenery behind her.

Amelia Wolf in the California field she used to study what effect diversity loss would have on the remaining plants.

Gardeners and nature lovers have noticed that plants are flowering earlier every year—a phenomenon generally attributed to climate change.

morningside campus aerial

Photo by Eileen Barroso

Columbia University has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent in the next three years through a mix of energy conservation and efficiency measures under its first campus sustainability plan.

Building on Columbia’s longstanding commitment to addressing climate change, the University’s Trustees have voted to support a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) to divest from companies deriving more than 35% of their revenue from thermal

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