The American Geophysical Union fall meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. From Dec. 12 to 16, more than 20,000 scholars will convene at San Francisco's Moscone Center to present research; and learn about the latest discoveries, trends and challenges in the field. Stanford Woods Institute-affiliate researchers will present a range of innovative work aimed at finding solutions to the world’s great environment and sustainability challenges. A sampling:

Negative Emissions Technologies: New Developments and Scientific Challenges
Dec. 12 at 12:30 p.m., Moscone West 2011
Woods Senior Fellows Chris Field (Biology, Earth System Science) and Robert Jackson (Earth System Science), as well as Department of Earth System Science Senior Research Scientist Katharine Mach and others will discuss new initiatives on negative emissions technologies and facilitate an audience interaction regarding related work, priorities and opportunities (read more).

Carbon Dioxide Removal from Air using Seafloor Peridotite
Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m., Moscone West 3003
Woods Senior Fellow Sally Benson (Energy Resource Engineering) and others will discuss what may be the least expensive method for capture of carbon dioxide from air, an approach involving the delivery of carbon dioxide-depleted water to the ocean surface (read more).

Nearly 400 Million People Are at Higher Risk of Schistosomiasis Because Dams Block the Migration of Snail-Eating River Prawns
Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m., Moscone West 3016
Woods Senior Fellow Giulio De Leo (Biology) and others will discuss research showing how the construction of dams in Africa and related loss of migratory prawns was a major cause of increase in a parasitic disease (read more).

Rapid Biodegradation of Plastics by Mealworms (larvae of Tenebrio molitor) Brings Hope to Solve Wasteplastic Pollution 
Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m., Moscone West 3020

Woods Senior Fellow Craig Criddle (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and others will reveal new findings that show what kinds of mealworms are particularly good at eating plastic, confirm that they can degrade both Styrofoam and polyethylene, and finds that mealworms consume plastic more rapidly when co-fed bran or other nutrient-rich food (read more).

Field Observations of Cohesive Sediment Dynamics in a Partially Stratified Estuary
Dec. 14 at 9 a.m., Moscone West 2005
Woods Senior Fellow Stephen Monismith (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and others will discuss research looking at sediment dynamics and transport in the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary (read more).

Jordan Water Project: An Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Freshwater Vulnerability and Security 
Dec. 14 at 2:52 p.m., Moscone West 3001
Woods Senior Fellow Steven Gorelick (Earth System Science) will present on the Jordan Water Project, an interdisciplinary, international research effort focused on freshwater security in Jordan (read more).

Probabilistic Attribution of Individual Unprecedented Extreme Events
Dec. 14 at 4 p.m., Moscone West 3003
Woods Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth System Science) will discuss a new analytical framework that illustrates global warming can influence the severity and probability of unprecedented extremes, and suggests that global warming can alter the frequency with which complex physical conditions co-occur (read more).

Predicting Fecal Indicator Bacteria Fate and Removal in Urban Stormwater at the Watershed Scale
Dec. 14 at 4:30 a.m., Moscone West 3014
Woods Affiliate Richard Luthy (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and others will discuss the development of a model to predict fecal indicator bacteria in urban stormwater at the watershed scale using Balona Creek at Santa Monica Bay as a case study (read more). 

Hydrologically Controlled Arsenic Release in Deltaic Wetlands and Coastal Riparian Zones
Dec. 15 at 11:50 a.m., Moscone West 3014
Woods Senior Fellow Scott Fendorf (Earth System Science) and others will present data showing how shifting hydrologic conditions in deltaic wetlands and tidally influenced zones impacts the extent of arsenic release to groundwater (read more).

How to Obtain a 100% Reliable Grid with Clean, Renewable Wind, Water, and Solar Providing 100% of all Raw Energy for All Purposes
Dec. 16 at 8:45 a.m., Moscone South 102
Woods Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) will discuss a blueprint for transitioning to renewable energy for all energy needs (read more).