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Earth Systems Program

Investigate the complex interaction of humans and nature.

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The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major and coterminal masters program. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in conjunction with natural changes in the Earth system.

Student advising

One on one advising is a hallmark of our program. Meet with a friendly and knowledgeable student advisor, the Student Services Manager, or an Earth Systems faculty member to discuss your academic plans.

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Research opportunities

Learn more about our Earth Systems Scholars Award just for Earth Systems Program students.

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Earth Systems alumni are highly competitive in the job market and find fulfilling, impactful positions throughout the world.

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Events related to Earth Systems Program

Earth Systems Program news

At Stanford 2020: The year in review

Looking back at what has been a turbulent year, the Stanford community has found new ways to come together to learn and to work, while also advancing research. 

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New insights and discoveries at AGU 2020

From Dec. 7-17, Stanford faculty, students and scholars presented their work at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), along with fellow scientists and researchers from various disciplines in the Earth and planetary sciences. 

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Images from a fraught year

Stanford Earth’s 2020 photo contest drew 156 photographs from faculty, students, and staff. The images captured experiences coping with COVID-19, as well as close encounters with nature from activities before the pandemic.

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Dry days ahead for California this year and beyond, experts say

“The addition of more 'fire ready' days have stemmed from just a one degree rise in global temperatures, and have resulted in some of the worst wildfires in history,” says Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh.

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