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Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Some of our favorite research stories from Stanford Earth scholars in 2016.

Greenland ice sheet meltwater
January 9, 2017

A team of scientists that includes Stanford Earth's Dustin Schroeder is using airborne ice-penetrating radar to reveal meltwater's life under the Greenland ice throughout the year.

solar panels in Kern County, Calif.
December 12, 2016

Leading the way in sustainability and innovative green technologies, Stanford celebrated the opening of the Stanford Solar Generating Station in Kern County, Calif. The station will provide more than 50 percent of Stanford’s electricity.

cattle with wind farms in the background
December 11, 2016

Reports co-authored by Stanford Earth scientist show concentrations of methane approaching an internationally recognized worst-case scenario and highlight opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and fossil fuel use.

December 5, 2016

Using remote sensing tools to uncover the environmental impacts of war, researchers introduce novel approaches for hard-to-reach areas.

abandoned natural gas well
November 15, 2016

New research finds far more abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania than previously thought and provides a framework for identifying wells across the United States and globally that are the worst methane leakers.

Texas and Oklahoma stress maps
November 11, 2016

New maps of the geologic forces contributing to earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma could help reduce the likelihood of manmade temblors associated with wastewater injection.

Polar bear standing on an ice flow
November 10, 2016

U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair Fran Ulmer links Arctic science and policy.

Katherine Mach
November 9, 2016

Stanford climate expert comments on opportunities and obstacles for advancing the Paris Agreement, an ambitious global climate pact that recently went into force.

young girl at Sentebale health-care center
October 27, 2016

A new spatial analysis from Stanford shows that progress in combating child mortality has been highly uneven, even within countries where overall declines are substantial.