Center for Climate Science

EVENTS
Special Event

A Climate Series for the Ages

Living with Climate Change

11.16.2017

This fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, in collaboration with UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, has designed a new kind of climate series: a four-night conversation between the L.A. community and some of the world’s experts on all things climate. DATES: October 5 – Climate Change Cliff Notes October 19 – Earth and...



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Research Talk: California’s Climate Future

Water and the Sierra Nevada

6.15.2017

When it comes to water, the Sierra Nevada has always been a feast-or-famine environment. As global temperatures climb with human emissions of greenhouse gases, how will this change? What is the future of the Sierra Nevada, and what does it mean for us?


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Climate Change Town Hall

A Conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff

4.21.2017

On April 21, 2017, Rep. Adam Schiff held a town hall on climate change at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Center for Climate Science Director Alex Hall joined the panel, along with UC Riverside’s Francesca Hopkins and Caltech’s Tapio Schneider, to discuss how global climate change will affect us in California — and what we can do...


Special Event

Oppenheim Lecture: California’s Climate Future

Water and the Sierra Nevada

2.9.2017

Over the past few years, Californians have seen first-hand the consequences of hotter-than-normal temperatures and a smaller-than-normal Sierra Nevada snowpack, including historically low reservoir levels, dying trees, and increased wildfire risk. You’ve probably wondered, “If things are like this now, what will they be like in the future, as the climate continues to change?” UCLA...


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Research Talk: What Climate Change Means for the Sierra Nevada–and California

Presentation and Q&A by Professor Alex Hall

1.24.2017

Over the past few years, Californians have seen first-hand the consequences of hotter-than-normal temperatures and a smaller-than-normal Sierra Nevada snowpack, including historically low reservoir levels, dying trees, and increased wildfire risk. You’ve probably wondered, “If things are like this now, what will they be like in the future, as the climate continues to change?” UCLA...


Symposium

LA’s Water Resource Future Workshop Series, Part 2

Understanding Local Groundwater Storage Potential

6.15.2016

The second workshop in the LA's Water Resource Future Series was held on June 15, 2016, and focused on current and future groundwater basin conditions, management, and rights in the groundwater basins serving Los Angeles County. The event engaged stakeholders and the research community in order to inform both the scientific research and policy analysis and recommendations that UCLA intends to undertake as part of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.


Special Event

Drowning World

Presentation by Photojournalist Gideon Mendel, followed by “The Art of Teaching Climate Change” Roundtable

5.12.2016

Award-winning photojournalist Gideon Mendel visited UCLA to present his “Drowning World” series, which documents the impact of flooding events on people across the globe. Following the presentation, scholars and practitioners in climate change education and communication held a roundtable discussion on “The Art of Teaching Climate Change.” The Center for Climate Science co-sponsored the event, and Associate Director Katharine Reich participated in the roundtable.


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LA’s Water Resource Future Workshop Series, Part 1

Understanding Local Stormwater Capture Potential

2.19.2016

The first workshop in the LA's Water Resource Future Series was held on February 19, 2016. UCLA faculty and Los Angeles region water managers, planners, and scientists explored the state of stormwater management and planning, the potential to connect surface hydrology and groundwater modeling tools to quantify infiltration, potential ecosystem benefits of stormwater capture, and strategies to incentivize increased capture and infiltration of stormwater. The program consisted of talks and panel sessions by invited speakers, each followed by Q&A periods and discussion by all attendees.

NEWSROOM
Headline

10.5.2018

Climate change could cause drought and intensified storms- Neil Berg

Essentially, the system is becoming more volatile, said Neil Berg, an associate director of UCLA’s Center for Climate Science. “We might have the same amount of water over a 20 year period, but it’s gonna come in really dry years, followed by a really wet year,” he said.


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8.31.2018

Enormous wildfires spark scramble to improve fire models

The journal Nature reports on efforts to better understand the future of wildfire under climate change, including a new drought, vegetation, and fire modeling project led by the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science.


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8.27.2018

Here’s how much hotter the California desert could get — and how tourism might suffer

UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science associate director Neil Berg is quoted in this article about California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment and what its findings mean for deserts in Southern California.


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8.1.2018

What’s Different About California’s Fires This Year?

In the Climate Fwd newsletter by the New York Times, UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science director Alex Hall explains what makes this fire season different from previous ones.


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7.31.2018

The common thread in California’s wildfires: heat like the state has never seen

Climate change is creating the perfect dry conditions that allow wildfires to ignite and thrive. “This fire vortex, this pretty terrifying tornado-like feature, and I don’t say that lightly… was made possible by the extreme heat produced by this fire,” said Daniel Swain about the Carr Fire. 


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7.19.2018

Is Climate Change Causing Wildfires Throughout the U.S.

Fire. It’s a powerful — but natural — part of nature in California and the western United States. UCLA prof Alex Hall joined PBS SoCal’s David Nazar to talk about how climate change is affecting wildfire… creating a new reality we must adapt to.  Sustaining California is a new show that takes a deep look at sustainability issues that affect our lives — bringing together experts, business leaders, government officials and people from communities across the state.


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7.5.2018

A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.

What does climate change mean for the Mono Lake area — and what do those changes mean for LA’s water supply? UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science director Alex Hall breaks it down for the Los Angeles Times.


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7.1.2018

The future of Sierra Nevada snow

UCLA IoES Center director Alex Hall talks with The Mono Lake Committee about projected changes in Sierra snowpack and what they mean for the watersheds that feed Mono Lake.


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6.27.2018

Climate Change Contributed to Oroville Spillway Collapse, Study Says

A study led by UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science postdoc Xingying Huang finds that climate change has already contributed to greater wintertime runoff in the Sierra Nevada, and that flood risk climbs in the future. "Our big dams were designed to capture smaller floods than what we expect in the future," said colleague Daniel Swain in Weather Channel. "...these structures were built for a climate that we no longer have."


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5.31.2018

Clouds are disappearing in Southern California, and we’re not totally sure why

"If you put lots of concrete and buildings on the surface, you do change the properties of the local microclimate," Daniel Swain said to Mashable.


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5.28.2018

Siberian bogs may play a crucial role in greenhouse gas

Total rainfall might not change much averaged across these sharp shifts between very dry and very wet years, but “it doesn’t just wash out in the end,” said Daniel Swain to MIT Technology Review.


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5.14.2018

Dismal Western Snowpack Is a Climate “Warning Sign”, Neil Berg

“There’s been a growing body of evidence that there have been some long-term declines in Sierra snowpack,” said UCLA climate scientist Neil Berg, one of the report’s authors, noting that this year’s below-average snowpack may present a look at what typical conditions may be like in the coming decades.