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'Two-Eyed Seeing' off the California coast

A new research partnership will combine Indigenous and scientific knowledge to monitor marine life in a sacred tribal region that may be a bellwether of how native species will fare in the face of climate change. (Image credit: Dan Griffin – GG Films)

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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.


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Earthquake triggered by oil-sand wastewater

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A new study has found that one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Alberta, Canada, was likely caused by oil and gas activity.

Tracking viruses in wastewater

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Researchers have developed methods for using wastewater to track the levels of various respiratory viruses in a population. This can provide real-time information about virus circulation in a community.

Why whales need to be big

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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.

Arun Majumdar

Arun Majumdar
Inaugural Dean, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

“Climate and sustainability are the defining issues of the 21st century. Arguably, there is no other issue that is more important that will affect humanity and the planet.”

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Meet Rosemary Knight, professor of geophysics and of Earth system science gives a TED-style talk on scaling the impact of geophyics. 

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Sustainability challenges affect everyone, and we need to include all voices in creating global solutions. We support a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff through our DEI programming, including our courses, financial aid, and affinity groups. We also hold ourselves accountable by tracking our progress.

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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.

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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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