Seminars on Sustainable Development - Fall 2011

The Earth Institute’s Sustainable Development Seminar Series brings together Earth Institute faculty members and research scientists working across diverse disciplines to address and communicate the major challenges of sustainable development.
The seminar series resumed this year with the seminar, "Natural and Manmade Disasters: Lessons for the Future.” The seminar offered salient perspectives and discussion on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the recent tsunami and nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan.

Natural and Manmade Disasters: Lessons for the Future

October 18, 2011 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Columbia University Faculty House

Peter Schlosser (Moderator), Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Associate Director and Director of Research, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, Chair, Earth Institute faculty

Arthur Lerner-Lam, Interim Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Lamont Research Professor

Klaus S. Lackner, Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering; Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy; Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Stefan A Mrozewski, Senior Staff Associate, Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Timothy J Crone, Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Alexander Fischer, Program Manager, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), The Earth Institute, Columbia University


The second event in this year’s Seminar Series in Sustainable Development offered diverse perspectives and discussion on key challenges related to water and agriculture around the world including water management to reduce arsenic toxicity to rice; water metering in Gujarat; tensiometers in Punjab; impacts of irrigation pumping in the Bengal Basin; and irrigation efficiency in India, China, and the US. 

Water Management in Agriculture

November 30, 2011

Alexander Van Geen (Moderator), Lamont Research Professor, Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Earth Institute, Columbia University

John Duxbury, Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University;

Holly Michael, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment, University of Delaware;

Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; Acting Chair, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University;

Vijay Modi, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University.