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Robert Jackson says the old, decaying cast-iron pipes that transport natural gas beneath many cities are disasters waiting to happen.

March 23, 2014

Noah Diffenbaugh is one of 13 climate science experts who created the What We Know campaign, aimed at communicating the reality, risk and response of climate change to the public.

March 20, 2014

Today's wind industry is sustainable, even with the necessary batteries and other grid-scale storage.

March 20, 2014

Using radar measurements gathered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Stanford geophysicist Howard Zebker and his team have concluded that the surface of Ligeia Mare, Titan’s second largest sea, has a mirror-like smoothness, possibly due to a lack of winds. As the only other solar system body with an Earth-like weather system, Titan could serve as a model for studying our own planet’s early history.

March 18, 2014

Welcome to our second newsletter of the 2013-14 academic year. It’s been an exciting year thus far, with more interesting and important news than can be shared in just one venue. We hope you read, watch the videos, and enjoy this newsletter! Meanwhile, I’d like to use this moment to share a bit about our most critical resource: our faculty.

March 17, 2014

An increase of more than two degrees Celsius in average global temperature is likely to cause yields of wheat, rice and maize to fall throughout the 21st century. Early adaptation could increase projected yields by up to 15 percent. 

March 17, 2014

Kate Maher and Page Chamberlain have modeled how the topography and rock composition of a landscape affects the process by which carbon dioxide is transferred to oceans and eventually buried in Earth’s interior.



March 14, 2014

Stanford geophysicist Rosemary Knight is employing novel surface technology to study intrusion of saltwater into freshwater aquifers along the Monterey and Santa Cruz county coasts. She is available for media interviews on Thursday, March 13 from 10am to 4pm Pacific Time, and also on March 17 and 18. 

March 12, 2014

This course will run from April 1 to June 10 and encompass the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology, earthquake seismology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs. 

March 5, 2014

Stanford professor Tiziana Vanorio is using a seed grant to launch online lessons that could dramatically shorten the learning curve for complicated lab instruments.

March 5, 2014

The School of Earth Sciences Undergraduate Research Program immerses students in serious research projects, exposing them to the process of scientific inquiry and helping them decide about their academic futures.


March 5, 2014

In a recent op-ed, grad student Lauren Oakes reviewed research on the environmental hazards of the plastic microbeads commonly found in facewash.

March 3, 2014


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