In a recent TEDx talk, Margot Gerritsen reveals the beauty that is inherent in the mathematical equations that scientists and engineers use to model everything from ocean tides and blood flow in the heart to internet search engine results and connections in the brain.
California experienced its record warmest winter in 2013-2014, and is currently experiencing its warmest year on record to date, writes Daniel Swain in an update about the state's ongoing drought, which he calls "a tale of exceptional dryness and record warmth."
Eitan Shelef and George Hilley developed powerful mathematical tools to extract three-dimensional information about Earth's evolving landscape from two-dimensional images, with possible applications to channel on Mars and the human circulatory system.
NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite will make the most precise and accurate measurements of atmospheric CO2 concentrations from space that scientists have ever had, said Anna Michalak, who has been involved in the project for over a decade.
Adam Brandt's work on developing ways to reduce energy consumption and contamination of drinking water supplies from amine-based CO2 capture techniques is one of several projects that received funding this year from the Environmental Venture Projects seed grant program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
2014 PhD recipients are well positioned to tackle the most pressing energy issues facing their generation, from carbon capture and storage to shale gas and providing power to India’s growing population.
Computer simulations suggest climate change could lead to increased and prolonged air stagnation events in several regions of the world. These pockets of still air could contribute to hazardous air quality and impact human health.
Earth Sciences graduates are equipped to address major 21st century challenges, and, unlike prior generations, understand and deal with complex interconnections such as those among access to energy, water availability and food production.
Modern cultures and technologies have crept into the most isolated communities in the world. Stanford scientists have developed software to better understand how outside forces can affect the sustainability of indigenous peoples.
Watch grad student Kate Lowry talk about the algae that cling to the bottom of the Arctic sea ice. Lowry is on a research cruise in the Chukchi Sea as part of the SUBICE project led by Kevin Arrigo, which is searching for massive phytoplankton blooms under the sea ice.
New Stanford research shows that enormous lakes that existed in the western United States during the peak of the last Ice Age grew large due to a cooler climate and a reduced evaporation rate. The finding could help improve computer simulations of climate change.