Local friends! Kick off Climate Week NYC with a free talk by climate scientist Peter deMenocal at the International Center of Photography on Monday, September 22nd at 3 p.m. Peter will deliver a primer on the work of climate scientists and how their findings illuminate our understanding of climate change (plus you’ll have a chance to check out the fantastic new work by Sebastião Salgado).

Field Photo Friday

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 onlineThis study is the only publicly available source of water quality data for large portions of the Hudson River. 

Shift in Arabian Sea Plankton May Threaten Fisheries

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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)

Climate scientists and climate models are in agreement that hydroclimate will change as a result of rising greenhouse gas emissions. Are these changes already underway? What is the significance of these trends versus natural climate variability? In this video from May 2014, climate scientist Richard Seager discusses these topics at Yale’s Climate and Energy Institute.

Field Photo Friday

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.