The complex Earth resource and environmental challenges facing humanity today transcend any one discipline or approach. The scientific expertise of our environmental leaders must be both broad and deep, enabling them to evaluate potential solutions from a systems perspective.
Around the world, many such leaders are alumni of the Stanford Earth Systems Program. Earth Systems students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by the interaction of human activities and natural changes in the Earth system. They gain skills in those areas of science, economics, and policy needed to tackle the globe’s most pressing social-environmental problems, and they become scientists, professionals, and citizens who approach and solve problems in a systematic, interdisciplinary way.