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Polar Research Linked With Education at Columbia. Shear failure pattern in clay similar to that observed in sea ice: Tremblay. Undergraduate Environmental and other Science Majors: ca. 50 Students/year

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polar research linked with education at columbia
Polar Research Linked With Education at Columbia

Shear failure pattern in clay similar to that observed in sea ice: Tremblay

Undergraduate Environmental and other Science Majors:

ca. 50 Students/year

Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate (Pfirman, Hays, Gordon, deMenocal, Visbeck, Hemming: development of this course was funded by NSF)

Upper Level Undergrads, Lower Level Grads

Paleoceanography (Fairbanks)

Principles of Physical Oceanography (Visbeck and Gordon)

Earth's Oceans and Atmosphere (Gordon)

Climatic Change (Fairbanks)

Marine Sediments and Stratigraphy (Ryan and deMenocal)

Student Research Experiences

(e.g. Anderson, Burkle, Goldstein, Hemming)

PhD Graduate Students in Earth and Environmental Sciences:

ca. 80 students/year

Dynamics of Climate (Rind)

Radiative Processes of Climate (Lacis)

Ocean Dynamics (Ou)

Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis (Martinson)

Adv Isotope Geochemistry (Goldstein)

Tracer Oceanography (Schlosser)

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Visbeck and Polvani with Applied Math)


Physical Oceanography Seminar (Tremblay: The Role of Polar Regions in Global Climate)

Biology & Paleoenvironment Seminar

Marine Geology and Geophysics Seminar

Seismology, Geology, & Tectonophysic Seminar

Earth Science Colloquium


e.g. “Reports from the Field” to Glacier (Vaillancourt)

Teacher Programs:ca. 15/session

Earth2Class (Visbeck, Studinger)

Broader Community: 100s/yr

Open House (e.g. Goldstein, AMORE; Visbeck, NAO&Arctic sea-ice)

Earth Institute Lecture Series (Bell, Lake Vostok)

Undergraduate Non-Majors: ca. 150 Students/yr

Barnard First Year Seminar: Exploring the Poles (Pfirman and Bell)

Barnard Intro Astronomy I ‘Life in the Universe' (Studinger, Lake Vostok) 65 students

Science and Society (deMenocal, rapid climate change) 65 students

Oceanography at Fairleigh Dickinson (Robertson, Antarctic tidal results)

MPA: 43 Students/yr

Climate and Water (Visbeck and Louchouarn )

Earth’s Environmental Systems: ClimateRequired of All Columbia and Barnard Undergraduate Environmental Majors

Saline Bottom Water

Examples of Case Studies for Undergraduates: NAO/AO, Arctic Warming, Ice Station Weddell

examples of student research experiences
Anderson and Burckle

This past summer, 3 REU students, 2 supported by an NSF-OPP grant, 1 by Dallas Abbott’s REU program, and 1 non REU student. The students were working on stratigraphy and paleo-productivity of the Southern Ocean.

2 presenting results at Fall AGU meeting.

1 presenting results at the Ocean Sciences meeting.

Goldstein and Hemming

2 undergraduate students studying the provenance of Antarctic detritus and patterns of dispersion in the Circum-Antarctic during the Holocene and LGM funded by OPP.


A high school student from Westchester studying polar volcanism as part of the Gakkel Ridge grant.

Examples of Student Research Experiences
Earth2Class” (E2C) is a unique science/math /technology learning resource for K-12 students, teachers, and administrators created through the collaboration of researchers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, curriculum and technology integration specialists from Teachers College, Columbia University, and classroom teachers from the New York City metropolitan area.

E2C relies on the synergy of specialists in curriculum, educational technology, and scientific research, but the key feature is involvement of the Lamont scientists.

Exploring the Poles

Barnard First Year Seminar: Women, Non-Majors

In the Footsteps of Nansen

Simulated Student Expeditions After 4 Years of Drift

climate and water required of all mpas in environmental science and policy
Climate and WaterRequired of all MPAs in Environmental Science and Policy

Discussion sessions involve the critical assessment of either controversial scientific positions related to climate and water issues, or more detailed descriptions of issues viewed in class. These sessions will involve and require small group interactions, reporting, and in some instances the debate of researched materials assigned prior to scheduled meetings.

Laboratory sessions involve both hands-on and minds-on exercises that will require either individual or small group work/reporting.