THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Lamont’s Geochemistry Division is organizing an all-day symposium to
celebrate the scientific career – more than six decades long – of
a seagoing scientist who make key discoveries about carbon dioxide and the Earth's climate.
After acquiring his Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Tokyo, Taro Takahashi moved to New York to complete his Ph.D. in geology at Columbia University in 1957. He rose through the ranks to full professor at the University of Rochester, and he held the position of Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences at Queens College (CUNY) before returning to Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in 1977. He served the Lamont community for 23 years as an Associate Director, continuing as a Ewing Lamont Research Professor until death in 2019.
Taro’s main research was aimed at understanding the fate of anthropogenic CO2 released into Earth’s atmosphere. Throughout his career at Lamont, his research was critical to the quantification of the ocean’s uptake of anthropogenic CO2, allowing the uptake by the terrestrial biosphere to be calculated by differencing. These findings constitute a cornerstone for any projection of future trajectories of atmospheric CO2 levels, as well as for any strategies to reduce those levels through management and mitigation.
The symposium will include science talks, historical anecdotes, and a reception at the close of the day. A complete program will follow.