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Computational Facilities

Computational facilities in the School of Earth Sciences enable efficiencies of time, knowledge, and resources. They are supported, funded, and staffed at the School level to be shared by faculty, students, and staff.

Stanford Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science (CEES)

Directors: Biondo Biondi and Hamdi Tchelepi
CEES integrates Earth science and computer science to build capacity in computational methods for the Earth and environmental sciences, and to enable new growth in areas where computational activities already exist. The three units of CEES--Research, HPTC, and Education--work together to fill the gap between applied mathematics and the Earth sciences. Combining a strong focus on scientific applications with state-of-the-art hardware and computational methods, CEES is pushing forward the frontiers of computational geoscience and engaging computer scientists and architects to design software and hardware better suited for Earth and environmental science problems. For more details, see:

Mitchell A65 Computer Classroom

This computer cluster is designed for instructional use. The classroom features 20 dual-boot PCs (Mac and Windows) and a video projection system. When not scheduled for a class the room is available for drop-in use by all faculty and students in Earth Sciences. Contact the A65 lab managerwith any questions.
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G.R.I.D. lab in Mitchell A59

The "Geo-Imaging, Research and Design" lab is maintained for use by Earth Sciences graduate students, staff, and faculty to do independent research. This computer lab has both Macs and PCs running applications like ArcGIS, ENVI, Matlab, Comsol, the Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office. Scanners, printers, and large format plotters are also available. Contact the GRID lab manager with any questions.
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Geology 114 computer cluster

Geology Corner room 114 is a general use drop-in computer cluster for the exclusive use of undergraduates who are majoring in an Earth Sciences department or program. There are four computers with a selection of software.

Computer Network

The School provides and manages a high speed local area computer network that connects to the campus SUNet backbone. You must register your computer or other device to use this network.
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High Performance Network File Server

The School maintains a high capacity and high performance network file server,, that provides generous free data storage for individual and research group use. Its purpose is to provide a central respository of protected shareable disk storage that can be accessed from any computer on the network.
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Other School Computing Facilities

The School maintains and provides many other specialized computational facilities, including its own web server,; a backup servicefor faculty and staff workstations;an anonymous ftp service to exchange files with non-Stanford colleagues; a "Subversion" server for managing the source code for programming projects; and many others. The School's IT staff also provide technical support to individuals and research groups in the School.
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Branner Earth Sciences Library

The Branner Earth Sciences Library, on the second floor of Mitchell Earth Sciences Building, contains four GIS workstations and many electronic data sets in addition to books, periodicals, and maps.
Get general information about Branner Library at:

Information about Branner's GIS hardware and software is at:

Information about Stanford Libraries Data Management Services is at: