Chile is considered a natural lab for researchers in several fields related to Earth Sciences, including climate, volcanology, glaciology, seismology, and renewable energies, among others. The Center has held several public events feauturing scientsts, faculty members and researchers from the Earth Institute’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) as well as specialists from the School of Arts & Sciences, such as the Center for Environment, Economy, and Society. In addition to public events, we have seen increasing interest among Columbia scientists in collaborating with Chilean counterparts in research projects related to Earth Sciences. In fact, many Columbia researchers have been awarded funds by the President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) to study topics such as volcanology, forest fires, and drought.
More recently, Elliot Sclar and Jackie Koppel, both from the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development, participated in an extremely successful panel discussion entitled “Promoting Equality through Urban Public Transportation.”