New research shows the gradual sideways shift of river channels in the western Arctic has slowed 20 percent over 50 years. The surprising slowdown is linked to climate change and affects Earth processes, including the release of organic carbon into the ocean.
Earth. Climate. Society.
The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability draws on a deep understanding of Earth, climate, and society to create solutions at a global scale, in collaboration with partners worldwide. Together, we strive to create a future where humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity.
Sand deposits in the deep sea
New research suggests extreme weather events and climate conditions that increase erosion on land could amplify delivery of sand into the deep ocean.
Why whales need to be big
A new study of Antarctic minke whales finds these gigantic mammals have the smallest possible body size for their style of feeding. The research could help scientists understand which whale species are more vulnerable to future climate impacts.
New chance to protect wetlands
Although wetlands remain threatened in many parts of the world, global losses of wetlands have likely been overestimated, a new study finds.
Inaugural Dean, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
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In the Earth Systems Program, undergraduate and coterminal master’s students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in conjunction with natural changes in the Earth system.
Members from diverse academic backgrounds have been named to a committee charged with assessing Stanford’s approach to supporting research through funds from fossil fuel companies.
Environmental justice roundtable highlights energy and policy, health, and Indigenous Peoples issues
The second event in a new dean’s lecture series through the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability featured environmental justice experts in energy, environmental health, and Native environmental policy.
About the school
The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability incorporates the people and programs of the former School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and expands to include the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (joint with the School of Engineering). It also includes the facilities of Hopkins Marine Station, which had been part of the School of Humanities and Sciences. The school also includes a Sustainability Accelerator, and will have an Institute for Sustainable Societies, as well as several new departments and initiatives.
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