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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 Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) creates innovations to sustain the resilience of the world's oceans and the people who depend on them.
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.
The Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF) is investigating how to make the process of assessment more effective, unleashing intellectual power towards pressing environmental challenges and opportunities.
Other Research Centers and Programs
Environmental Venture Projects
Droughts can cause dramatic increases in large-scale tree mortality and fire fuel aridity in forests. To manage risk, forest managers need to know the water content of tree canopies, but remote sensing based solutions are either not available from space or have too coarse a spatial resolution.
Realizing Environmental Innovation Program
Wildfires can cause billions of dollars in damages and drain the U.S. Forest Service of financial resources that would otherwise be available for conservation investments.
Understanding the increasing risk posed by coastal floods and erosion and the benefits of natural defenses, such as reef and wetland restoration, is critical to governments and private industry.
News & Press Releases
By comparing historical temperature and suicide data, researchers found a strong correlation between warm weather and increased suicides. They estimate climate change could lead to suicide rate increases across the U.S. and Mexico.
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Temporal variability in thermally-driven cross-shore exchange: the role of semidiurnal tides »
The growing role of methane in anthropogenic climate change »
IPCC expert meeting on detection and attribution related to anthropogenic climate change »
The Global Methane Budget: 2000–2012, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss »
The Global Methane Budget: 2000–2012, Earth Syst »