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Fresh Water Resources

September 15, 2017
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A new web portal puts four years of California drought data into an interactive format, showing where regions met or missed water conservation goals. The idea is to motivate awareness and conservation.

satellite image of Wadi Rum desert in Jordan
August 30, 2017
Woods Institute for the Environment


A new analysis of regional drought and land-use changes in Syria suggests water conditions in downstream Jordan could get significantly worse.
 

water treatment facility
August 4, 2017

Stanford environmental engineers have developed a planning tool called AquaCharge that helps urban water utilities develop efficient, cost-effective systems to replenish aquifers.

Algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee in summer of 2016
July 28, 2017

Excess nutrient pollution to U.S. waterways increases the likelihood of events that severely impair water quality. 

SkyTEM worker
May 31, 2017
Stanford Earth’s Rosemary Knight recently spearheaded a project to map underground freshwater resources and forecast the intrusion of saltwater into aquifers beneath the California coastal town of Marina.
almond trees
April 12, 2017

Over-pumping groundwater has drastically and permanently reduced the water storage capabilities of land in one of California’s most important farming areas.

flood street
March 21, 2017
Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh warns that heavy California rains like those experienced this past winter are here to stay.
PhD student Meredith Goebel
March 13, 2017

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

Oroville Dam spillway
February 16, 2017

As workers rush to repair the spillway at California’s Oroville Dam, Stanford researchers comment on how challenges like climate change and aging infrastructure heighten risks for California.

closeup of mosquito
February 8, 2017

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh and Dan Horton are coauthors on a new study that finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years, but after large outbreaks acquired immunity limits the size of subsequent epidemics.

 

Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

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