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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
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.
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.
Other Research Centers and Programs
Environmental Venture Projects
News & Press Releases
A new study examining carbon exchange in the Amazon rain forest following extremely hot and dry spells reveals tropical ecosystems might be more sensitive to climate change than previously thought. The findings, published online on April 28 in the journal Global Change Biology, have implications for the fate of the Amazon and other tropical ecosystems if greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb. The study was a collaboration involving scientists from twelve research institutions around the world. Stanford authors on the study include Stanford Earth scholars Noah Diffenbaugh, Anna Michalak, Kaiyu Guan Danielle Touma and Yoichi Shiga.
By Ker Than,