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Humans depend on the ocean to help stabilize the climate, provide food and support livelihoods.
Stanford Woods Institute researchers are finding ways to meet challenges facing ocean health by applying the best available science and policy expertise to ocean governance, ecosystem resilience, climate change impacts such as ocean acidification and sea level rise and other stressors to marine environments.
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.
The Natural Capital Project melds world-class research on environmental economics with influential conservation programs. The center’s Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) software suite enables decision-makers to quantify nature’s values, assess tradeoffs associated with alternative land- and water-use choices and integrate conservation and human development into land- and...
Other Research Centers and Programs
Environmental Venture Projects
This project will develop, test and deploy novel methods of displaying complex data through sound.
Coral reefs are enormously important for biodiversity, CO2 absorption, fisheries, and protection of coastlines from storm surges. Although corals are animals, they host photosynthetic algae in an essential symbiotic relationship. Corals face many threats, including rising seawater temperatures and pollution; exposure to sunscreens may be another.
Realizing Environmental Innovation Program
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
Driven by public pressure, governments and corporations are considering eliminating or phasing out single-use plastics such as straws. Stanford experts discuss the limitations of these bans and the potential for meaningful change.
By Rob Jordan,
Mentions study by Barbara Block.
By Alice Truong,
Temporal variability in thermally-driven cross-shore exchange: the role of semidiurnal tides »
A Novel Cardiotoxic Mechanism for a Pervasive Global Pollutant »