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."
A new study has for the first time presented solid evidence that human-caused global warming is linked to melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
The headline is a sentence that comes toward the end of Vanishing Ice, a new book that answers the question in encyclopedic detail. For those unfamiliar with the term, the cryosphere is the earth’s natural ice in all its forms.
The tides are turning in a quest to solve an earthquake mystery.
Years ago, scientists realized that earthquakes along mid-ocean ridges — those underwater mountain ranges at the edges of the tectonic plates — are linked with the tides. But nobody could figure out why there’s an uptick in tremors during low tides.
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.