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Columbia Earth Institute



Since its inception in 1996, the Columbia Earth Institute has been a leader in earth systems science teaching, research and the application of earth and social science for society. The Institute is the natural outcome of Columbia University’s commitment to enhance understanding of global sustainability and its recognition that true success depends upon the concerted efforts of physical, biological and social scientists in cooperation with an informed and involved citizenry.
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Address:
405 Low Library, 535 W. 116th Street
New York , NY 10027
USA
Contact Person: Ravi Rajakumar
Phone: 212-854-1434
Fax: 212-854-6309
E-Mail: ravi@ldeo.columbia.edu
Website: http://www.earth.columbia.edu
   


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The Earth Institute counts 800 Columbia faculty from eight research centers, eight academic departments (seven in Columbia's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and one at Barnard College) and seven schools among its participants. The Earth Institute has established collaborative partnerships with other institutions on a global basis, including the London School of Economics and Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan, that complement Columbia's strengths and add to the range of what the Institute can offer students and faculty.

The Institute grew out of scientific discovery and technological advances at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the realization that understanding of physical Earth had broad and complicated social consequences.    Through on-the-ground projects in local communities, the Institute makes it possible for social, physical and biological scientists to work in tandem with citizens and local officials, ensuring that scientific information is introduced and implemented to the optimum benefit of communities.

These collaborations and many others are shedding new light on the intricate interconnections of humans with biological and physical processes. While many of the projects focus on particular problems in real locations and in real time, the Institute's research is intended to have broader-reaching effects globally and to serve as the basis for innovation in teaching Earth systems science.



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