Our Mission

UCLA’s Center for Climate Science enables real-world climate change problem-solving by leveraging fine-scale projections of future climate to conduct interdisciplinary climate impacts research of practical use to stakeholders. We fulfill this mission by:

  • building research collaborations and earth system modeling frameworks
  • training a new generation of researchers
  • engaging planners, decision-makers, the media, and the public

The Challenge

One of the most significant barriers to cli­mate action is uncertainty surrounding future climate change impacts. We know climate change is occurring. And powerful supercomputing tools called global climate models tell us what changes to expect on the global scale. But what specific effects will climate change have in particular places? Bringing information from global climate models to the finer spatial scales — for example, the neighborhood scale —  is a critical first step toward understanding climate impacts. These are the scales at which people make decisions. But global climate models describe only the physical climate system, and not human infrastructure, living systems, or policy frameworks. So we need to take global climate model information even further.

Our Work

At UCLA’s Center for Climate Science, our goal is to translate projections of future climate into practical decisions. We do this by producing future climate data at the neighborhood scale and organizing interdisciplinary research projects. These projects incorporate the expertise necessary to answer the questions at hand, while training graduate students to think beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Our goal is to translate projections of future climate into practical decisions about climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Throughout the research process, we engage stakeholders so that we fully understand their information needs and our results are as useful to them as possible. We also communicate with the public, policymakers, and other decision-makers so our work can help them envision how climate change will affect them in their own backyards, increasing public support for action and informing decisions.