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science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment
satellite crop yield estimates
February 13, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
By using high-res images taken by the latest generation of compact satellites, Stanford scientists have developed a new capability for estimating crop yields from space. Measuring yields could improve productivity and eventually reduce hunger.
Oroville Dam spillway
February 16, 2017

As workers rush to repair the spillway at California’s Oroville Dam, Stanford researchers comment on how challenges like climate change and aging infrastructure heighten risks for California.

Stanford fossil collection
February 9, 2017

The world is changing too fast for nature to keep up. Conservation scholars, including those at Stanford, agree that strategies need to evolve to consider not only how ecosystems operated in past decades and centuries, but also thousands and millions of years ago.

closeup of mosquito
February 8, 2017

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh and Dan Horton are coauthors on a new study that finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years, but after large outbreaks acquired immunity limits the size of subsequent epidemics.

 

solar panels on house roof
February 7, 2017

A new low-cost, high-performance battery could provide an inexpensive storage solution for solar power, which is abundant during the day but must be stored for use at night.  

Jiuzhaigou National Park
February 2, 2017

Stanford scientists and collaborators determine ecologically valuable areas within China. The country plans to protect these areas as part of an ecological initiative.

grey reef shark
January 31, 2017

Researchers at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station find that expanded marine protected areas are successful in limiting fishing and increasing reef shark populations.

Wolf Hollow generating station
January 30, 2017

2016 marked the third year in a row when global CO2 emissions remained relatively flat, but actual declines won’t materialize without advances in carbon capture and storage technology and sustained growth in renewables.

grass flowers
January 20, 2017

A fatty molecule once thought to be unique to flowering plants has turned up in bacteria skimmed from the Adriatic Sea and may provide biotech insights.

Graphic of satellite taking images of Earth from space
January 17, 2017

First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.