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The Columbia Climate School's mission is to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

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High in a Cloud Forest, Tapping Into the Breathing of a Volcanic Beast
February 29, 2024

On Costa Rica’s active Poás volcano, scientists install geophysical instruments that can monitor the underground in real time.

Celebrating Women in Science: Tree-Ring Researcher Rose Oelkers
February 16, 2024

A Q&A with Rose Oelkers, a Ph.D. candidate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who studies tropical trees and their response to changes in the environment.

Celebrating Women in Science: Amanda Grossi on Advancing Food Security
February 15, 2024

A Q&A with IRI’s Amanda Grossi, who works with farmers in Africa to help manage climate risk.

Education

Columbia University is a global leader in climate and sustainability education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Education programs at the Columbia Climate School provide the interdisciplinary knowledge base for future climate leaders to work with businesses, communities, governments, and civil society to address the climate crisis.

Research

Columbia Climate School nurtures and supports innovative research in the science, consequences, and human dimensions of climate change, including the methods of achieving a more sustainable and just world.

Research Centers and Programs

The Columbia Climate School encompasses the Earth Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and more than 20 other centers and programs, supporting a continuum of research, from basic discovery to societal solutions.

Office of Research

Our Office of Research nurtures our community of established and future environmental leaders through proposal development, programmatic engagement, and compliance support.

Impact

The Columbia Climate School translates its academic work into evidence-based analysis and advice to inform decision- and policy-makers in communities, governments, industries, and nonprofits in the US and globally.

Designing Impactful Climate Literacy Education for Emergency Management—and Beyond
February 23, 2024

Emergency managers are already facing the consequences of climate change in the workplace. How can education programs better prepare them for crises?

Climate School Report Details 2023 State Policy Trends in Disaster Resilience
January 29, 2024

Every U.S. state passed some kind of disaster resilience policy in 2023, according to the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, which released a report examining over 600 U.S. state disaster resilience bills enacted last year. 

New Trainings Will Focus On Enhancing Tribal Nations’ Climate Readiness and Resilience
January 3, 2024

With a $1.5 million FEMA grant, Columbia Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness will create and deliver trainings to enhance Tribal Nations’ climate readiness and resilience.

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