Congratulations and farewell to our cohort of undergraduate interns! Today the students wrapped up their 10 weeks at the Observatory by presenting their research to friends, family and the Lamont community. Students worked alongside our scientists in the lab and field, investigating a wide range of topics in Earth and ocean science, from how temperature has changed over the past 12,000 years in the high Arctic, to the ways in which future climate variability and change may impact water resources and ecosystems across western North America. Check out more photos from the day on our Facebook page.
Above is an article from our local newspaper, The Journal News, marking the last voyage of Lamont’s second research vessel, the Robert D. Conrad, in 1989. The ship was built by the Navy and in service to Lamont for twenty-seven years; the R/V Conrad was only the second ship in history to log more than one million nautical miles of oceanographic research.
Margie Turrin captured this shot of the small village of Kullorsuaq in northwest Greenland, where she and postdoc Dave Porter are working with local community members to collect water column temperature profiles. These ocean measurements will help scientists understand why nearby Alison is surging to the sea faster than other glaciers in the area. Learn more about this project from Turrin and Porter’s website and follow their blog for updates from the field.
Don’t try this at home! Scientists on a 1960 expedition aboard Lamont’s first research vessel, the Vema, try to salvage a broken 200 foot coring head. Sediment cores collected on expeditions like this one are now held in our Core Repository, one of the world’s largest collections of deep-sea sediment cores.
Our local friends are encouraged to check out the Rivertown Film Festival in Nyack, N.Y. and attend the screening of Particle Fever on Wednesday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. After the film, which is a documentary about the physicists at Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collidor, geophysicist Robin Bell will moderate a discussion with Mark Levinson, the filmmaker.
Last month I gave a public lecture entitled, When Maine was California, to an audience in a small town in Maine. It drew parallels between California, today, and Maine, four hundred million years ago, when similar geologic processes were occurring. Afterward, a member of the audience asked me what geology had to say about global warming. The following is an expanded version of my answer.
Step right up! Join us for the first virtual tour of our Core Repository — one of the world’s most unique and important collection of scientific samples from the deep sea — today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with climate scientists Peter deMenocal and Maureen Raymo. To participate, follow the Core Repository on Twitter and use the hashtag #coreaday.
A Research Professor in Lamont’s Division of Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, seismologist Felix Waldhauser studies the fine-scale details of earthquake distributions and characteristics, as well as the fault systems they produce, to gain insight into the processes that cause and control them.