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earth matters
science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment
PhD student Meredith Goebel
March 13, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Scientists use Earth-imaging technologies to study the intrusion of saltwater into freshwater aquifers along the California coast.

flood street
March 21, 2017
Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh warns that heavy California rains like those experienced this past winter are here to stay.
March 16, 2017

A model of ion flux in the oceans shows carbon dioxide driving ocean acidity.

solar panels and wind farms
March 14, 2017

Stanford's Jeffrey Ball takes a deep dive into Germany’s renewable-energy revolution, a colossal undertaking that proves that once-niche wind and solar power can power a major portion of a global economy.

U.S. map showing Corn Belt
March 10, 2017
Research by Stanford Earth's David Lobell and George Azzari shows how better mapping of farm fields with satellites can lead to new ways to measure and boost crop yields.
sun shines on U.S. grasslands
March 6, 2017

According to 33 years of remote sensing data, productivity of U.S. grasslands is more sensitive to dryness of the atmosphere than precipitation, important information for understanding how ecosystems will respond to climate change.

A housing development outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
March 2, 2017

Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson has teamed up with two law professors to propose conservation easements for subsurface areas.

Point Lobos rock formations
March 2, 2017
Tourists flock to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Monterey, Calif., for its breathtaking coastal views and glimpses of the playful sea otters and other marine mammals that can be found among its waters. But the site has long attracted geologists for a very different reason.
Child wears mouth mask in Beijing with air pollution in background.
February 28, 2017

Rather than talk about the negative things, point to the co-benefits of finding climate solutions – from economics and jobs to water and the air we breathe.

fault slip diagram
February 27, 2017

A new software tool can help reduce the risk of triggering manmade earthquakes by calculating the probability that oil and gas injection activities will trigger slip in nearby faults.