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Rod Ewing recently led a delegation of five board members and staff to China to learn about Beijing’s efforts to develop a deep-mined geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste.

May 29, 2014

Bay Area communities must shift from trying to mitigate the effects of climate change to living in a world where warming has already happened, according to a new article coauthored by School of Earth Sciences students.

May 27, 2014

Fifteen minutes on extreme weather, global energy poverty and global warming by Prof. Noah Diffenbaugh at Stanford TedX : "There's still time to act….there's still hope."

May 23, 2014

The role of high-performance computing in the research of Noah Diffenbaugh and Hamdi Tchelepi are highlighted in a new article about how Stanford researchers use sophisticated algorithms run on powerful supercomputers to solve big problems.

May 23, 2014

Energy Resources Engineering Prof. Margot Gerritsen was named professor of the year by the Stanford Society of Women Engineers in recognition of teaching excellence in computational and mathematical engineering and excellence in mentoring young women engineers.

May 23, 2014

New Stanford research reveals that farmers in Europe will see crop yields affected as global temperatures rise, but that adaptation can help slow the decline for some crops. 

May 20, 2014

Thursday May 22, 2-3:30 p.m. – Jordan's Minister of Water and Irrigation, Dr. Hazin El-Naser, will discuss the challenge of sustaining freshwater resources in his country, and solutions being explored through the Jordan Water Project, a collaboration led by Prof. Steve Gorelick.  In Bldg Y2E2 Room 299.

May 19, 2014

The Stanford Earth Sciences dean was cited for her pioneering work in sustainable agriculture.

May 14, 2014

Earth Systems senior Kaley Dodson and the Stanford women's water polo team won their third national title in four years by beating UCLA 9-5.  In Kaley's Stanford career, the team had a stunning 108-7 won-loss record.

May 13, 2014

Noah Diffenbaugh and Margot Gerritsen gave great talks at last Saturday's sold-out TedxStanford event.

May 9, 2014

Jennifer Wilcox and other Stanford experts analyze the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states must comply with regulations developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce coal-burning pollutants that float to downwind states.

May 6, 2014

Research by David Lobell's group finds that U.S. corn yields are growing more sensitive to heat and drought. Farmers are faced with difficult tradeoffs in adapting to a changing climate in which unfavorable weather will become more common.

May 1, 2014

Climate change could strengthen African Easterly Waves, which could in turn have consequences for rainfall in the Sahel region of northern Africa, the formation of Atlantic hurricanes, and dust transport across the Atlantic Ocean.

April 28, 2014

At the annual School of Earth Sciences Research Review, graduate students and select undergraduates presented their current work.

April 24, 2014

Earth Sciences professors Sally Benson (shown) and Roland Horne are the new director and deputy director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy.

April 22, 2014

A new study by Norm Sleep and Don Lowe reveals the power and scale of a cataclysmic asteroid strike on the Earth that happened 3.26 billion years ago.

April 14, 2014

A new model for solar farms that “colocates” crops and solar panels could result in the harvesting of valuable biofuel crops in addition to solar energy.

April 7, 2014

Published three times a year, Earth Matters features news about Earth Sciences research, teaching, faculty, students and alumni. Enjoy!

April 1, 2014

Stanford Earth Sciences faculty made major contributions to the recent United Nations report on the state and fate of the world's climate.

March 31, 2014

Why did the ancestors of clams and oysters flourish after one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth’s history while another class of shelled creatures, the brachiopods, sharply decline? A new study that uses fossils to calculate the food intake of both groups seeks to answer that question.

March 25, 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

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


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