Climate

a researcher with a handheld welding tool working on battery components

Research at the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center includes optimizing battery-pack performance. Photo by John Abbott

As director of Columbia’s newest research arm, the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center, Alan West leads a team developing batteries that can store solar and wind-powered energy.

Michael Gerrard

Michael Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, begins his course on climate change law and policy by encouraging students to challenge him.

two hikers on a melting arctic glacier

Photo by Rebecca Fowler

Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law was established in 2009 to develop legal techniques to address climate change. Since January 20th 2017, it has been busier than ever.

Alex Halliday smiling and blue button-down shirt

Photo by Kyu Lee

Alex Halliday arrived at a time when Columbia's wide-ranging expertise on climate change and sustainability is more important than ever. Here he discusses his vision for the Earth Institute.

Researchers set out four microphones like this one in the foothills of Alaska's Brooks Range to record songbird calls over five breeding seasons. In a new study, they describe an automated tool for sifting through thousands of hours of recordings to estimate when migratory birds arrive en masse in the Arctic. (Photo credit: Heather Greaves)

In a new study, scientists describe a way to quickly sift through thousands of hours of field recordings to estimate when songbirds arrive at their Arctic breeding grounds. Their research could be applied to any dataset of animal vocalizations to understand how migratory animals are responding to climate change.
Jemima Mendoza in a t-shirt in front of a river
Dusk in the desert behind a solar panel

Solar panels for smallholder farming irrigation pumps in Senegal, which are part of the “Acacia Irrigation” system developed by the Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University’s School of Engineering.

Columbia World Projects issued its first report on the results of its inaugural forum convened to identify ways in which academia and practitioners might partner to address significant challenges facing humanity.
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.

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