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Bangladesh video at American Museum of Natural History

posted Oct 3, 2013, 2:57 AM by Michael Steckler   [ updated Oct 3, 2013, 3:09 AM ]

A video about our project is now the featured video at the AMNH in the Hall of Planet Earth.  It will be on a continuous loop on the main screen for the next 6 months.  It is also available for viewing in the AMNH Science Bulletins web page. click here.  Plus a set of videos and text in their Curriculum Collection for students click here.

Field School in Bangladesh

posted Oct 3, 2013, 2:29 AM by Michael Steckler   [ updated Oct 3, 2013, 3:10 AM ]

February 21 - March 7, 2014.

We are offering a field school for graduate students and postdocs on the sedimentary and tectonic processes, and their interaction in the geologically dynamic Ganges-Brahmaputra River Delta.  

 Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013, with December 20 as the cutoff date for receipt of applications.   

 See Education page for more information http://www.BanglaPIRE.org/education 

BanglaPIRE video on YouTube

posted Aug 1, 2013, 6:39 AM by Michael Steckler   [ updated Aug 10, 2013, 9:30 AM ]

Filmmakers Doug Prose and Diane LaMacchia of the Earth Images Foundation accompanied project members to Bangladesh and produced this video about the project.

YouTube Video


GPS Installation

posted Feb 12, 2013, 10:59 AM by Ellie Ferguson

Michael Steckler blogged about installing GPS in Bangladesh in October 2012.

To Comilla and Back Oct. 18, 2012

Khepupara to Kokilmoni Oct. 21, 2012

Polder 32 Oct. 21, 2012




State of the Planet Blog

posted Feb 12, 2013, 10:52 AM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 11:04 AM ]

February 2013: Michael Steckler continues his blog on the Columbia University Earth Institute's State of the Planet: Geohazards in Bangladesh feature. These posts describe our BanglaPIRE team fieldwork and meeting in Sylhet, Bangladesh.



Hartal! Feb. 8, 2013

Wrapping up in Sylhet Feb. 11, 2013











Fieldwork blog for middle schoolers

posted Feb 12, 2013, 10:43 AM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 11:05 AM ]

February 2013: Graduate student Ellie Ferguson (Columbia University) once again blogs about fieldwork in Bangladesh and NE India for the 8th graders she works with at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School as part of an NSF fellowship program.



Class Trip - to Bangladesh!

posted Mar 14, 2012, 12:17 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Aug 6, 2012, 8:13 AM ]

This spring, Michael Steckler taught a new course for students in Columbia University's Undergraduate Program in Sustainable DevelopmentThis course explored the interaction of riverine processes, water and hydrology, sedimentary processes, tectonics, land subsidence and sea level rise, environmental issues, cultural setting, and sustainable development in the world's largest delta. The course explored both the hazards and resources for life in this dynamic environment through lectures, a field trip to Bangladesh during Spring Break and guest lecturers in earth and social sciences.

Read Michael's blog posts about their spring break trip to Bangladesh: 

More information about the course:

Information about the final student presentations:

More Fieldwork in Bangladesh and Meghalaya, and a Blog

posted Jan 17, 2012, 8:51 PM by Michael Steckler   [ updated Mar 14, 2012, 12:13 PM by Ellie Ferguson ]

Nano Seeber, Ellie Ferguson and Humayun Akhter are in the field again.  This time joined by Dhiman Mondal (Dhaka U), Antje Lehnert (Bremen U) and Cecilia McHugh (Queens College).  After a week together in Sylhet, northern Bangladesh, most of the team crossed the border to continue their work in India, while Cecilia headed south along the Bangladesh coast with Dhaka University students to search for geologic records of past earthquakes.
During the trip, Ellie Ferguson is blogging for her 8th grade Earth Science students.  Read it here at msfergusoninthefield

Completed Seismic Survey on the Rivers of Bangladesh

posted Oct 5, 2011, 6:35 AM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Oct 5, 2011, 6:39 AM ]

After a great field season last winter, we had an extraordinary opportunity this fall, a research cruise on the Bangladeshi rivers collecting geophysical data. We are using the same technique that Lamont uses on its ship, the R/V Marcus Langseth, but a mini version.

Learn more by reading Michael Steckler's Blog:






Joining the Kokilmoni, 9/14/2011

Beneath Bangladesh: The Next Great Earthquake?

posted Jul 13, 2011, 11:53 AM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Jul 25, 2011, 7:08 AM ]

July 13, 2011: 

A new article and a documentary describing our research project and the hazards facing Bangladesh.
Kevin Krajick, senior science writer for Columbia's Earth Institute, joined our team in Bangladesh to learn about our research questions and to observe our field methods.










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