Ecology & Environment

Campus energy advances can be optimized and replicated

With a few changes to its existing energy operations, Stanford could further reduce its carbon footprint and costs in a model that other large campuses, towns and even cities can benefit from, a new study finds.

Reassessing how to ‘waste not’

Recycling is becoming harder and more expensive in the U.S. and policymakers are increasingly seeking solutions to mounting trash. Stanford experts are reassessing how we create and dispose of waste.

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Employing 3D coral reef remote sensing to predict fish biomass

A new approach at Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions combines two-dimensional and three-dimensional remotely sensed seascape models to more accurately identify complex reef structures and the populations of fish living within them.

Where can flooded fields help replenish groundwater?

Overpumping in California’s Central Valley has depleted groundwater storage capacity and caused the land to sink. A new model could help zero in on where water managers can replenish aquifers by flooding fields.

How machine learning can help regulators

Cassandra Handan-Nader and Daniel Ho have created an algorithm that reads satellite images to help environmental regulators identify potentially hazardous agricultural facilities more efficiently than traditional approaches.

Farming for natural profits in China

Expanding monoculture threatens valuable services from land, such as flood control, water purification and climate stabilization. Gretchen Daily and Hua Zheng are promoting a new approach.  

Strengths and weaknesses of the Green New Deal

The sweeping plan to overhaul transportation, energy and other sectors failed a recent U.S. Senate vote, but remains a political lightning rod. Stanford experts discuss the science behind the politics.

Costa Rican president speaks at Stanford

The president described a vision for his country to become an ethical example to the global community. He also spoke with Stanford researchers directing conservation and sustainable development initiatives in Costa Rica.

Tunas, sharks and ships at sea

Researchers combine maps of marine predator habitats with satellite tracks of fishing fleets to identify regions where they overlap – a step toward more effective wildlife management on the high seas.