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Fresh Water Resources

flood street
March 21, 2017
Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh warns that heavy California rains like those experienced this past winter are here to stay.
PhD student Meredith Goebel
March 13, 2017

Scientists use Earth-imaging technologies to study the intrusion of saltwater into freshwater aquifers along the California coast.

Oroville Dam spillway
February 16, 2017

As workers rush to repair the spillway at California’s Oroville Dam, Stanford researchers comment on how challenges like climate change and aging infrastructure heighten risks for California.

closeup of mosquito
February 8, 2017

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh and Dan Horton are coauthors on a new study that finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years, but after large outbreaks acquired immunity limits the size of subsequent epidemics.

 

Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

Some of our favorite research stories from Stanford Earth scholars in 2016.

December 5, 2016

Using remote sensing tools to uncover the environmental impacts of war, researchers introduce novel approaches for hard-to-reach areas.

sea surface temperature map
August 15, 2016

Stanford Earth's Daniel Swain explains that the expected La Niña could end up being fairly weak and open up the possibility for normal rainfall in Southern California. 

Coachella Valley Recharge Basin
July 22, 2016

California needs to better prepare for droughts. A new study highlights the costs, benefits and obstacles of a possible solution – managed aquifer recharge.

 

water pipe
June 29, 2016

Survey of groundwater professionals points to need for standardized data monitoring and makes policy recommendations for successful implementation of historic groundwater legislation.

 

water from pipe
June 27, 2016

A new study by Rob Jackson and Mary Kang concludes that California's Central Valley has almost three times more fresh water underground than the state estimates.

irrigation and oil production in Kern County
June 27, 2016

New research indicates that California’s Central Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously estimated, but challenges to using it include pumping costs, ground subsidence and possible contamination from fracking and other oil and gas activities.