Peter deMenocal is the founding director of Columbia’s new Center for Climate and Life. Where they mobilize over 120 scientists to understand how climate impacts the security of food, water, and shelter, and to explore sustainable energy solutions. The Center for Climate and Life partners with industry, finance, and governments, transferring knowledge to build a more resilient, sustainable world.
Peter uses deep-sea sediments as archives of past climate change. Ocean sediments accumulate slowly but continuously and provide records of past changes in Earth climate and ocean circulation over a wide range of timescales, from centuries to millions of years. I’m interested in paleoclimate problems that address climate-human interactions, and sustainability.