New Year, New Start

This new academic year brings big changes to the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. First and foremost, we welcome new Perry L. McCarty Director Chris Field, a world-renowned climate scientist with wide-ranging research interests. His decades of involvement with national and international efforts to advance science include serving as co-chair of Working Group II of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and running the Carnegie Institute for Science’s Department of Global Ecology. In this period of transition, we are looking ahead with a redesigned newsletter (let us know what you think), and reflecting on the past year with our 2015-2016 Annual Report.

A New Climate Agenda

In Washington, D.C. forum, prominent experts from government, private and academic sectors provide guidance to the next U.S. administration on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the pivot to a clean energy economy.

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Virtual Reality Ocean Educator

Free science education software, available to anyone with virtual reality gear, holds promise of spreading awareness and inspiring action on ocean acidificatio

Climate Oceans  
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The Future of California's Water

Policy briefing in Sacramento explores latest research on groundwater and implications for issues such as implementation of a historic groundwater management law and data collection techniques.


Water is Politics

Bill Blomquist, Visiting Landreth Fellow with Stanford’s Water in the West program, on California groundwater lessons, challenges and solutions.

Featured Research
Stanford researchers develop an algorithm to address limitations on satellite analysis of groundwater levels, allowing for understanding on a larger-than-ever scale. Read more >>

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Featured Events, Deadlines and Reminders

Nov. 1
Conversation with Laurence Tubiana
French economist and diplomat appointed ambassador for international climate negotiations in connection with the 2015 United Nations climate change conference in Paris to speak on campus.

Nov. 1 
RELP Deadline 
Deadline to apply to the Rising Environmental Leaders Program is Nov. 1.

Wednesdays at Woods
Come for free coffee, light bites and conversation with Woods Director Chris Fields and Woods researchers. Every Wednesday 10 - 11 a.m., second floor balcony on east side of Y2E2 building.

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In the News

The Price of Water Conservation: Using Less and Paying More
Water Deeply, Sept. 26, 2016
Many people have seen their water rates go up as they conserve more, but it doesn’t have to be this way, writes Richard G. Luthy.
Think California’s Current Drought is Bad? Past Incarnations Have Lasted Hundreds of Years »
Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2016
Noah Diffenbaugh comments on linkages between ocean and land weather patterns.
Future Climate Change Field Test Doesn't Make Earth Greener »
Associated Press, Sept. 5, 2016
A new study co-authored by Chris Field puts to rest the idea that increased carbon dioxide from climate change makes plants greener.

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