Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Climate

Research Area block

Climate change is one of the most complex environmental challenges the world faces today.

Its impact encompasses physical, ecological, economic, political and ethical issues. Public and political opinions may be divided on what drives climate change, but the science is undeniable. We must seek ways to adapt to climate change on multiple fronts, even as we address its underlying causes. Stanford Woods Institute researchers are creating climate models for economic impact studies and energy and environmental policymaking. Some are assessing climate vulnerabilities and shifting public perspectives on climate change issues. Others are looking closely at ways to assess risk, reduce vulnerabilities and mitigate and adapt to impacts.


Research Centers and Programs

Center for Ocean Solutions »

The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) is a collaboration among Stanford University (through the Stanford Woods Institute and the Hopkins Marine Station), the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). COS develops knowledge to solve ocean challenges.

Center on Food Security and the Environment »

A joint effort with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) addresses the challenges of feeding the world's growing population without depleting the planet’s natural resources.


Environmental Venture Projects

Rethinking the Balance Between Future Obesity and Malnutrition with Climate Change »

Asia - 2010

The goal is to develop a computer model capable of evaluating nutrition-related health policies in India, taking into account the impact of climate change on agricultural production and food availability.


News & Press Releases

California's Lake McClure shows the effects of drought in February 2015

Connecting Drought to Warming Temperatures »

March 3, 2015

In California, dry years coupled with warm conditions are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to increase under human-caused climate change. Warm conditions reduce snowfall, increase snowmelt and increase water loss from soils and plants.

By Ker Than, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford

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Media Coverage

California’s terrifying forecast: In the future, it could face droughts nearly every year »

March 2, 2015

Discusses study led by Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh (Environmental Earth System Science) that pored through historical data from the U.S. National Climatic Data Center to explain current conditions and concluded that drought conditions may be the new normal for California.

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post

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Videos

Woods at 10: a Video Overview

November 11, 2014

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Publications

Published Work
U.S. Maize Adaptability »

July 26, 2013 -

Climate Change and Wild Species »

February 21, 2013 -

Enhanced Nitrogen Deposition Over China »

February 20, 2013 - Peter Vitousek, Fusuo Zhang, Andreas Fangmeier, Peter Christie, Keith Goulding, Jan Willem Erisman, Zhenling Cui, Jianlin Shen, Aohan Tang, Wenxuan Han, Ying Zhang, Xuejun Liu

Detecting Unfrozen Sediments Below Thermokarst Lakes With Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance »

February 16, 2013 - Rosemary Knight, Andrew D. Parsekian, Benjamin M. Jones, Lin Liu, Kristina Keating, Mike Müller-Petke, Jan O. Walbrecker, Guido Grosse

Climate Adaptation as Mitigation: the Case of Agricultural Investments »

February 12, 2013 - David Lobell, Thomas W Hertel, Uris Lantz C Baldos

Bounding the Role of Black Carbon in the Climate System: A Scientific Assessment »

January 15, 2013 - Mark Jacobson, T. C. Bond, S. J. Doherty , D. W. Fahey , P. M. Forster , T. Berntsen , B. J. DeAngelo , M. G. Flanner , S. Ghan , B. Kärcher , D. Koch , S. Kinne , Y. Kondo , P. K. Quinn , M. C. Sarofim , M. G. Schultz , M. Schulz , C. Venkataraman , H. Zhang , S. Zhang , N. Bellouin

Genomic Basis for Coral Resilience »

January 7, 2013 - Stephen Palumbi, Daniel J. Barshis , Jason T. Ladner, Thomas A. Oliver, François O. Seneca, Nikki Traylor-Knowles

The Effects of Rerouting Aircraft Around the Arctic Circle on Arctic and Global Climate »

December 1, 2012 - Mark Jacobson, Jordan T. Wilkerson, Sathya Balasubramanian, Wayne W. Cooper Jr., Nina Mohleji

Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment »

July 1, 2012 - Mary Ruckelshaus, Michelle D. Staudinger, Nancy B. Grimm, Amanda Staudt, Shawn L. Carter, F. Stuart Chapin III, Peter Kareiva, Bruce A. Stein

Low Demand for Nontraditional Cookstove Technologies »

June 11, 2012 - Lynn Hildemann, Grant Miller, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Puneet Dwivedi, Robert Bailis

Response of corn markets to climate volatility under alternative energy futures »

April 22, 2012 - Noah Diffenbaugh, Thomas W. Hertel, Martin Scherer, Monika Verma

Americans' Evaluations of Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions »

June 1, 2007 - Jon Krosnick, Brent Bannon, Matthew DeBell, Ray Kopp, Peter Aldhous

Exploiting Wind vs. Coal »

August 24, 2001 - Mark Jacobson, Gilbet Masters

Research Brief
Surveys
American Opinion on Global Warming The Impact of the Fall 1997 Debate »

September 1, 1998 - Jon Krosnick, Allyson Holbrook, Penny S. Visser

Workshop Report
Other
Lessons for a cap-and-trade program »

May 18, 2006 - Larry Goulder, Dallas Burtraw, Alexander Farrell, Carla Peterman

Changing Perceptions of Changing Risks: Climate Change and the California Public »

May 18, 2006 - Michael D. Mastrandrea, Amy L. Luers, Stephen H. Schneider

Annual Reports