Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Rethinking the Balance Between Future Obesity and Malnutrition with Climate Change »

Asia - 2010

The goal is to develop a computer model capable of evaluating nutrition-related health policies in India, taking into account the impact of climate change on agricultural production and food availability.

Groundwater discharge of wastewater contaminants across the land-sea interface: Law, policy, and science research aimed to improve coastal management  »

North America - 2008

Many coastal communities use on-site systems (“septic systems”) for treatment of wastewater. Effluent from septic systems is discharged to the coastal aquifer, where it can raise nutrient and pathogen levels in the groundwater. Discharge of septic-impacted groundwater to the coastal ocean is a threat to human and ecosystem health....

Fertilizer use and the epidemiology and evolution of cholera in Bangladesh »

Asia - 2007

This proposal examines another possible consequence of fertilzer-dependent intensive agriculture, the worsening of infectious disease epidemics by microbes that live in the same aquatic habitats that also harbor algae and other components of this complex ecosystem. One such infectious agent is Vibrio cholerae, the cause of asiatic cholera, a devastating...

Indoor air pollution and health in developing countries: An intervention study in Bangladesh »

Asia - 2006

This research represents a new interdisciplinary collaboration at Stanford to investigate the behavioral underpinnings of indoor air pollution in the developing world and to estimate its impact on human health. Researchers will work with a number of public agencies, private companies and NGOs.

Diagnosis of biological wastewater treatment instabilities using molecular methods: A forensic study of unstable nitrification at the Palo Alto water quality control plant »

North America - 2004

Researchers seek to develop and apply a suite of molecular tools to diagnose factors that are contributing to unstable nitrification in bioreactors, with an initial focus on unstable nitrification at the Palo Alto Water Quality Control Plant. We will use the results of this work to apply to the National...

Mitigating future arsenic catastrophes in Asia: An integrative study of processes controlling arsenic release induced by land use »

Asia - 2004

Arsenic is having a devastating impact on human health in Asia. In Bangladesh and West Bengal alone, an estimated 57 million people are exposed to drinking water with arsenic concentrations exceeding the World Health Organization's recommended limit of 10 µg/L. It is our hypothesis that different land uses...