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A new study by Frances Moore and Delavane Diaz finds that the ‘social cost’ of one ton of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37, as previously estimated by a recent U.S. government study, but $220.

January 12, 2015

A new study by Roz Naylor and postdoctoral scholar Ling Cao offers the clearest picture to date of China’s enormous impact on wild fisheries. The study also presents a more sustainable alternative to the current practice of using wild-caught fish to feed farm-raised fish.

January 8, 2015

PhD geoscientist Miles Traer is capturing the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting  by cartooning about talks, posters and more.  Multimedia producer for the School of Earth Sciences, Traer is partnering with AGU on the project.

December 17, 2014

The fault responsible for the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake had been relieving stress at a gradually accelerating rate for years before the 2011 quake, according to findings from Prof. Paul Segall's research group.

December 16, 2014

Adam Brandt received a sustainable energy award to conduct an economic assessment on energy systems that use multiple feedstocks. The award was one of eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million distributed by Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center.

December 12, 2014

Daniel Swain says the upcoming rainstorms this week – among the largest in recent years – will provide a short-term respite to California's drought, by far the state's most intense drought in the historical record. The rain will be good for ecosystems, salmon runs and reservoirs.

December 10, 2014

Earlier this fall, a team led by Rosemary Knight performed an ambitious experiment to determine the extent of ocean saltwater intrusion into freshwater aquifers in the Monterey Bay region.

December 6, 2014

A new study by Eric Lambin finds that the land in and around cities are increasingly becoming important centers of food production worldwide. 


November 20, 2014

Sensory Earth tells multimedia stories about how geoscientists use advanced technologies in creative ways to improve our sensory perceptions.  From stunning radar images to sounds of screaming volcanoes, we learn more about the planet when more of our senses are engaged.  Come explore our strange and wonderful world.

November 13, 2014

Jenny Suckale is endlessly fascinated by the Navier-Stokes equation, which she uses to study everything from volcanic eruptions to Antarctic ice flow. The story of how Suckale came to discover and love the Earth Sciences is as nonlinear as some of the natural phenomena she studies.

November 11, 2014

Professors in the School of Earth Sciences who are making ongoing and consistent contributions to teaching were recognized at a recent faculty dinner. 

November 11, 2014

Geophysicists Jessica Reeves, Rosemary Knight, and Howard Zebker use satellite radar technology to view water buried hundreds of feet underground from hundreds of miles above, with guest appearences by Arthur C. Clarke and Cruella de Vil.

November 10, 2014

The best way to learn science is to actually do it. Students in the School of Earth Science's Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii spend the quarter measuring vegetation, coral reefs and volcanoes to understand the dynamics of one of the planet's most interesting ecosystems.

November 5, 2014

Energy Resources Engineering Prof. Margot Gerritsen was named a Stanford Bass Fellow for contributions to undergraduate education.

October 24, 2014

Earth Systems sophomores Emma Hutchinson and Mary Cirino researched Earth's climate, from the strongest wind system on Earth to the tropical Pacific, as part of the Stanford School of Earth Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research (SESUR) program.

October 22, 2014

A pioneer in the analysis of global land use change, Lambin employs advanced data collection and satellite imagery to understand human decision making and its influence on ecosystems and global environmental change.

October 20, 2014

Prof. Greg Beroza hiked to a tranquil redwood forest where he explained the origin and impact of a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred 25 years ago. Back on campus, he and colleagues explained their leading edge seismology research.

October 17, 2014

This past Wednesday was a busy day for Rosemary Knight, whose team is wrapping up a two-week long project to use geophysical tools to map saltwater intrusion into aquifers along the Monterey Coast.

October 13, 2014

All countries, including wealthy economies like the United States, struggle with problems of food availability, access, and nutrition, said Stanford professor Rosamond Naylor in an Earth Matters lecture on the challenge of alleviating global hunger.

October 10, 2014

Rosemary Knight talks to KSBW about her team's ongoing project to map saltwater intrusion into aquifers along Monterey Bay.

October 10, 2014

High school students participating in the School of Earth Sciences internship program sat down with Earth Systems BS/MS candidate Alessandra Santiago to discuss their work in active research labs, their analysis of ancient animals and climate change, and what they gained from their time on the Stanford campus.

October 2, 2014

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California’s crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today’s global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases, Stanford scientists say.

September 28, 2014

From as far away as Iceland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, China and Brazil, and from as close  as our own campus and the big state university across San Francisco Bay, 74 new students are on the path to Master's and PhD degrees in the Stanford School of Earth Sciences.

September 25, 2014

It's still 2014 but Geophysics Professor Mark Zoback can look forward to being honored in the New Year with the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award.  The  American Association of Petroleum Geologists is recognizing Zoback's contributions to the field of reservoir geomechanics.

September 22, 2014


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