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Using Data Science to Understand Earth

We finally have the tools to explore earth in its real complexity

Data has become cheaper, faster, and more central to analyzing the broad scope of work carried out by Earth scientists than ever before. Beginning with data acquisition, and on to processing, modeling, and analysis, advanced computing techniques are a core skill practiced by students and faculty. "These are skills in high demand across many disciplines and jobs today," says senior associate dean Margot Gerritsen.  

Today's Earth science is data driven

The satellite and supercomputer are the tools of modern geoscientists whose research spans from climate change projections and earthquake simulations to energy resources optimization. They investigate causes of drought, design defenses against natural disasters, and blaze a path toward a renewable energy future. 

Stanford Earth scientists are as likely to be found in front of an electronic screen, analyzing torrents of remote-sensing data with algorithms or simulating nature with computer models, as they are to be drilling ice cores in Antarctica or gathering soil samples from mountains in Mongolia. Read on... 

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Computational Geoscience Program

A graduate degree track within the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering that provides students with the skills to develop numerical solutions to Earth science problems.

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Stanford Geospatial Center

The Stanford Geospatial Center, housed in Branner library, offers workshops on fundamentals of GIS, data management, data visualization tools, and spatial analysis.

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Frozen secrets

How one geophysicist explores glaciers with radar.

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Mapping the corn belt with satellites

Better mapping of farm fields with satellites can lead to new ways to measure and boost crop yields.

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Study tracks "memory" of soil moisture

First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.

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Building a ‘billion sensors’ earthquake observatory with optical fibers

Thousands of miles of buried optical fibers crisscross California’s San Francisco Bay Area delivering high-speed internet and HD video to homes and businesses.

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