An Interdisciplinary Investigation
Restorative and ruinous, excessive and scarce, water sustains life on Earth, alternatively fueling or undermining ecosystems, biodiversity, the global economy, and technological innovation.
Beginning in fall 2019, Columbia will launch the Year of Water, an interdisciplinary investigation of water in all of its social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental complexities.
"Artists, writers, and thinkers working globally in multiple creative forms are very involved in issues surrounding water and climate change. It is exciting for the School of the Arts to spearhead the Year of Water and to play a central role in convening the institutes, schools, and programs at Columbia engaged in important research and action around these vital concerns."
Centers on Water Research
Dozens of research centers and departments across Columbia are engaged in interdisciplinary research on water. Here are a few of them.
Thursday, October 24
A MacArthur Fellow, a Doris Duke Performing Artist, and DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times, Iyer is creating a modern realization of the practice of American music through his wide-ranging work. Brooklyn-based ensemble The Knights make their Miller debut in this Portrait, along with the New York premiere of his concerto Trouble, written for violinist Jennifer Koh.
Saturday, October 5
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Whether you’re an aspiring young scientist or a long-time science enthusiast, you’re sure to enjoy Lamont-Doherty’s Open House. Tour a lab, participate in hands-on earth science demonstrations, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries.
Open House is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation.
Wednesday, June 19 – Friday, June 21
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
This conference will address a range of issues facing coastal communities in the United States and around the world as sea levels rise and coastal flooding becomes more frequent and intense, bringing together thought leaders to advance the science and policy dialogue. The conference will be of interest to academics, planners, practitioners, and industry representatives from sectors such as real estate and insurance.
Friday, May 3, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
This state-of-the-art facility processes the largest volume of metal, glass, and plastic in North America—about 1,000 tons a day. Sims also features the largest solar panel array in Brooklyn, the only industrial size wind turbine in the city, and oyster cages, mussel ropes, and bio swales to filter storm water runoff.
Saturday, April 27
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Join the Earth Institute at 26th and Broadway for stickers, academic program information, and fun activities with the educational team from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Time travel through NYC's climate history and discover what life would have been like in different climates and time periods!