Earlier this week a few of our microbiologists were on patrol with colleagues from Riverkeeper, sampling the Hudson River between Kingston and Catskill, N.Y. Their work is part of an ongoing project to survey the river’s water quality; all data from this collaboration is available online. This study is the only publicly available source of water quality data for large portions of the Hudson River.
The Arabian Sea is a beautiful emerald green color in this NASA satellite image… but it shouldn’t be. A new study led by Lamont’s Helga Gomes and Joaquim Goes found that when millions of the microscopic dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans bloom in the Arabian sea, as seen in this photo, they create a massive dead zone that may threaten fisheries and short-circuit the food chain. (Image courtesy of Norman Kuring, NASA)
The Lamont community was saddened to learn of the passing of Arctic oceanographer Ken Hunkins this week. Hunkins spent his entire career at Lamont and made many profound contributions to science and life at the Observatory; learn more about Hunkins and his research on our website.
A busy scene at the installation of a seismic station at Kalo Primary School, Malawi. Outside of installing the actual seismic sensor, the most complex part of installing these stations is securing the GPS clock and solar panel to the roof as can be seen on the left hand side of the image. Thanks to grad student Natalie Accardo for the photo! Visit the State of the Planet to learn more about this research.