On selected Friday evenings, climate scientists from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory lead visitors through sections of the Salgado exhibition related to each scientist's field of study, explaining the climate conditions and environmental threats particular to the geographic regions documented in the photographs.

Robin E. Bell, a polar scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, studies subglacial lakes, ice sheet dynamics, and tectonics in the Earth’s polar regions. Her work examines the implications of climate change on the poles and involves adapting scientific instruments to produce imaginative new insights into these regions. Bell has led nine major expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland to study ice sheet collapse. Bell’s discoveries include a volcano beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet, several large lakes locked beneath two miles of ice, and, most recently, evidence that the ice sheet can thicken from below. She was a leading proponent of the 2007–8 International Polar Year, is past chair of the National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board, and has a mountain in Antarctica named for her.

This walkthrough takes place during voluntary admission hours in the Museum.

This event is part of the Fall 2014 programming series ICP Talks: Climate Change. For a complete listing of series events, click here.


ICP gratefully acknowledges our partnership with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society of Columbia University | Earth Institute, The Climate Group and Climate Week NYC, and The Human Impacts Institute, Brooklyn, in developing and presenting public programs to accompany the exhibition Sebastião Salgado: Genesis.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
International Research Institute

Climate Week NYC

Human Impacts Institute