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The purpose of this seminar is to explore the effects of pollution and environmental regulation on water and related environmental resources. Proceedings of the seminar, collections of the lectures, are published yearly. To date, forty volumes have been published. Besides these volumes, the seminar has contributed over forty articles written in seven languages abroad and in the United States. The research institute of the seminar, the American Academy of Ocean Sciences, conducted research actively from 1969 to 1985. During the past thirty years, thirty-three graduate students have participated in the seminar and their participation has been credited toward their studies.

Professor Richard Lo Pinto

Joanne Lo Pinto

Meeting Schedule

09/29/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
"Microplastic Problems and Potential Solutions"
Dr. Judy Weis,

10/27/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Hurricanes from Top to Bottom: The Last Large Hurricane Measurement Campaign and What It Taught Us
Lee Harrison, State University of New York, Albany


The 2015 TCI (“Tropical Cyclone Intensification) Experiment, introduced a major advance in hurricane measurement capability, and then got extraordinarily lucky in reaching three major hurricanes. Dr. Harrison will talk about the new technology, what it took to do the field campaign, what the data from this effort has taught us about hurricanes, and implications for improved operational hurricane surveillance.

04/06/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Reverse Osmosis Desalination-How to Prevent Biofilm Formation on Membranes
Harvey Winters, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck NJ