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Climate change to intensify African weather systems

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.

Earth Science students share their research

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

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Scientists reconstruct ancient impact that dwarfs dinosaur-extinction blast

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.

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Ancient asteroid boiled oceans, burned the sky, and shook Earth

Stanford scientists reconstructed the effects of an enormous 3.26-billion-year-old asteroid impact on Earth. From

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Growing crops on photovoltaic solar farms is a ‘win-win’ situation

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.

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Despite recent rains, California still in drought

Daniel Swain writes that despite recent storms, most of California is still below 50% of average for this time of year.

Farmer standing in field.

Climate change 'already affecting food supply'

David Lobell says the impacts of climate change "are already evident in many places in the world."

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Spring newsletter now available

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

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New climate change report warns of dire consequences

Noah Diffenbaugh tells National Geographic that "In the U.S. we have seen acute effects of severe heat on corn, cotton, and soy yields."

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Panel’s warning on climate risk: worst is yet to come

Chris Field says that adapting to the realities of climate change is "just going to be something that great nations do."

Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellows Chris Field, David Lobell, Terry Root and Noah Diffenbaugh

Behind the scenes of an international climate report

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

Counting calories in the fossil record

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.

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Letting go of stuff cluttering up your home and your life

E-IPER's Michael Ovadia writes about how owning less made him happier and depending on others made him more social.

Pipeline worker in pit.

Beneath cities, a decaying tangle of gas pipes

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

Firefighters putting out a gas leak explosion fire.

America's old pipes increase gas-leak risk

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

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Wind farms can provide a surplus of reliable clean energy

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

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AAAS initiative to inform public about climate change

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.

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Surface of Titan Sea is mirror smooth

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.

Crop yields likely to fall with rising temperatures

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. 

In the summer of 2009, Stanford Professor Chris Field embarked on a task of urgent global importance.
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Understanding how mountains and rivers make life possible

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.



Using advanced technology to address California's threatened freshwater supply

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. 

Registration for online reservoir geomechanics course now open

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. 

Undergrad research makes waves at ocean sciences meeting

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.



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