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 featuring scientists, 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.
Specifically, in 2018 activities included a January delegation led by Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences adjunct professor Gisela Winckler, who participated in a workshop on the role of dust in climate change from a biogeochemistry perspective; a three-month stay for LDEO associate research professor Mike Kaplan to teach and research at Universidad de Magallanes’ Antarctica research center CIGA; and LDEO associate research professor William D’Andrea leading a team of scientists to work on a major research project regarding wetlands on Easter Island.