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Oceans

boats docked at Chinese fishing port
January 17, 2017

Stanford researchers view ocean management as next front for China to compete as global sustainability leaders.

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.

Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

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

Ice flow
October 17, 2016

Efforts to adopt effective marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, a global commons containing the world’s most pristine marine ecosystems, are being thwarted by political infighting and fishing interests.

September 16, 2016

Understanding what aids or degrades these sensitive ecosystems can help focus conservation efforts on those reefs that are most likely to survive global warming.

sea surface temperature map
August 15, 2016

Stanford Earth's Daniel Swain explains that the expected La Niña could end up being fairly weak and open up the possibility for normal rainfall in Southern California. 

California coral reef
May 2, 2016

Researchers find a key effect of oxygen loss and that climate change impacts vary by region.

new fossils define the age of humans
April 5, 2016

We are living in the Anthropocene age, in which human influence on the planet is so profound, it will leave its legacy for millennia. How are writers and artists responding along side scientists, politicians, and engineers?

Monterey map
March 31, 2016

Through the use of mathematical models, Stanford researchers have better defined the powerful processes that carved some of the largest canyons on Earth, deep under the oceans.

bubbles rising through water
March 23, 2016

Bubbles – yes, bubbles – could help protect coral reefs, oyster farms, and other coastal ecosystems from increasing ocean acidification, according to new research by Stanford scientists.

Map of circulation flows
February 22, 2016

The findings could help solve an outstanding mystery about the global ocean conveyor belt and improve future climate forecasts.