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Breakthrough provides picture of underground water

Stanford Earth scientists prove that satellite-collected data can accurately measure aquifer levels, a finding with potentially huge implications for management of precious global water sources.

In this century, planet Earth is everyone's business

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.  

Cost Guard officers, Prof Arrigo, and two graduates on deck.

A ‘surreal’ Arctic celebration for graduating seniors

Two graduating seniors on an Arctic research mission missed Stanford’s commencement, so Prof. Kevin Arrigo, the crew and staff honored them aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

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Stanford scientists develop computer model to examine fate of indigenous peoples

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.

Photos: Arctic Celebration for Graduating Seniors

View photos of a unique graduation celebration for two seniors in the Arctic.

Life clings to the ice

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.

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Mystery of ancient American lakes solved

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.

Obama Clean-Air rules said to underplay methane gas risks

President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming underestimates pollution from natural gas, according to scientists studying how leaks affect the climate.

Hope for coastal communities amid a changing ocean

Researchers outline viable local and regional options for mitigating and adapting to effects of ocean acidification.

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Visiting China's nuclear waste site

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.

Moving from mitigation to adaptation

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.

Big Computation

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.

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Gerritsen named top prof

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.

A matter of degrees: 2 vs 4

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."

Next big California earthquake may be spread out over years

Greg Beroza says a "heroic amount of work" went into a new study that found that the Bay Area is somewhat more likely to get a series of serious quakes rather than one huge one. If that sounds like good news, it isn’t. Inside Science.

Climate change affecting European farmers

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. 

Hazim El-Naser

Upcoming Event: Water Security in the Middle East

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.

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Julie Kennedy wins excellence in teaching award

 ‘Irreplaceable’ Earth Sciences professor Julie Kennedy was recently honored by Phi Beta Kappa for her ability to teach and inspire students.

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Pam Matson receives honorary degree from Arizona State

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

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El Niño 2014: Impacts for California

What is an El Niño? And what potential impact could it have for California? Daniel Swain explains. The California Weather Blog.

Water Polo NCAA Champions!

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.

TEDxStanford: Above and Beyond

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

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Supreme Court's ruling expands air pollution control efforts

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.

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U.S. corn increasingly vulnerable to drought

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.


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