Sphere of influence


  • Anonymous


After years of New Age celebrity, the Biosphere 2 project is officially going legit. As part of a five-year management agreement, the staff of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will oversee the research, as well as the educational projects and tourism operations, of the enclosed prototype of Earth situated in the Arizona desert. A consortium of scientists from Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Yale, the Smithsonian Institutions, the Australian National University, and several other institutions has already set about designing experiments in biogeochemistry, sustainable agriculture, climate change, biodiversity, and ecology. Plans also are being made to turn Biosphere 2 into a “science education center devoted exclusively to how the world works.”