Center for Climate Science


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Climate Change and Sustainability

Transforming Our Relationship with Our Environment

In the conversation about how to address climate change, the focus is often on the technologies that can help us lower heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. But in reality, addressing climate change sustainably and equitably requires a much deeper examination — and transformation — of the human relationship with our environment. Join leaders working to green...

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The Future of Fire in Santa Barbara County

A Panel Discussion

A conversation with leaders who study climate change and wildfire, manage fires and evacuations, and work to understand the economic and policy dimensions of increased fire risk in a changing climate. We’ll explore the lessons learned from the area’s recent Thomas Fire, what the future holds, and what we can do about it. Panelists: Leila...

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Turning Climate Science Into Action

A Tale of Two Cities

Join us as we kick off our California Climate Expedition with a party and discussion about climate science and action in California! As climate change continues unabated and California communities feel the impacts, it’s more important than ever that scientists inform climate problem-solving. In the Bay Area, the Climate Readiness Institute connects academics with stakeholders...

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2019 California Climate Expedition

Learning About Climate Change Impacts and Solutions Firsthand by Bicycle

From June 8 to 24, 2019, the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science is partnering with OnePulse to bring you the California Climate Expedition: a first-of-its-kind cycling tour and educational experience. Learn more about the ride below, and follow us on Instagram @uclaclisci, Twitter @uclaclisci, or on our Facebook page to keep up with the journey!...



Alex Hall Research Referenced in The New York Times: ‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles

Alex Hall and researchers at U.C.L.A. have forecast that Los Angeles is likely to see a sharp increase in the number of days of extreme heat — defined as 95 degrees or higher.


Chad Thackeray and Alex Hall in High North News: New Study Narrows Window for Ice Free Arctic to as Early as 2044

A new study by Chad Thackeray and Alex Hall at UCLA narrows down forecasts for an “ice-free” Arctic to between 2044 and 2067. The researchers used a new approach using sea-ice albedo, or reflectivity, to improve the accuracy of climate models predicting Arctic sea ice loss.


Chad Thackeray and Alex Hall in University of California News: Arctic Ocean could be ice-free for part of the year as soon as 2044

According to a new study by Chad Thackeray and Alex Hall, human-caused climate change is on track to make the Arctic Ocean functionally ice-free for part of each year starting sometime between 2044 and 2067.


Chad Thackeray and Alex Hall Study in The Hindu: Arctic Ocean May be Ice-Free for Part of Year by 2044, Finds Study

Chad Thackeray and Alex Hall assessed 23 models’ depiction of seasonal ice melt between 1980 and 2015 and compared them with the satellite observations.  Their study finds that the Arctic Ocean may be ice-free for part of the year by 2044. 


Alex Hall Quoted in The Student Life: 5C Student Activists Push Pomona College to Divest from Funds Tied to Fossil Fuels

Pomona College alumnus and Director of UCLA’s Center for Climate Science, Alex Hall, says “I think it’s time to divest.  Pomona should be a leader, not a follower.”


Chad Thackeray and Alex Hall in Phys.Org: Arctic Ocean could be ice-free for part of the year as soon as 2044

Chad Thackery and Alex Hall research the surface’s reflectivity of sunlight, or albedo, that causes greater local warming, which in turn leads to further ice melt.  They find that the Arctic Ocean may be ice-free for part of the year as soon as 2044.  


Alex Hall in the Daily Beast: The Weird Weather Fanning the Flames in Northern California

Alex Hall, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Science at UCLA, told The Daily Beast that temperature increases driven by climate change are certainly a major factor.  “Especially in the last five years, there’s been a dramatic increase in the intensity of wildfires. That is, in part,...


Alex Hall in Daily Bruin: Santa Ana winds to reach as high as 80 mph as Getty fire rages on

Alex Hall, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UCLA, said the fires are currently being driven by strong, dry winds coming from the interior west of North America. The direction of the winds is important for how the fires evolve, he said. “When (the winds) pass over the very dry vegetation that has...


Alex Hall on KCRW’s Greater LA: How Climate Change Will Affect Southern California

Alex Hall, climate scientist and director of the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science, talks with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about what climate change has in store for the Los Angeles region—and what we can do about it.


Alex Hall in Inside Science: Climate Change Really is Causing California’s Raging Wildfires

Although there are several factors that play into why the state’s wildfires have been getting more frequent and devastating, a new study, published this month in the journal Earth’s Future, indicates that climate change is a big factor. The study “documents pretty carefully that there’s a strong relationship between summertime fire and temperature,” said Alex...


Alex Hall in LA Times: California’s coast is disappearing, and the debate over what to do about it is in full swing

Professor Alex Hall was on a panel about sea level rise hosted by Zócalo Public Square. Here is a highlight from the event: Why are seas rising? Around 45% of sea level rise has occurred because the ice sheets and mountain glaciers are melting, Hall said. Another 45% is happening because the ocean has expanded...


UCLA bike expedition raises awareness of climate change in California

California Climate Expedition, a bicycle tour from Oakland to Los Angeles — led by UCLA climate scientist Alex Hall — grants riders the chance to experience climate change impacts in California first-hand. Organized by OnePulse, a group that plans cycling journeys for charitable causes, the ride is raising funds for the UCLA Center for Climate...