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California Climate Expedition

Learning About Climate Change Impacts and Solutions Firsthand by Bicycle

6.8.2019

The UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science is pleased to announce we’re partnering with OnePulse to bring you the California Climate Expedition: a first-of-its-kind cycling tour and educational experience. Learn more about the event via the video and FAQ below, and contact OnePulse for more information or to sign up. What is it? The California Climate...


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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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Climate Change, the Sierra Nevada, and Our Water Future

Research presentation and Q&A by Alex Hall

6.22.2017

Center for Climate Science Director Alex Hall travels to Long Beach to continue his speaking tour about his groundbreaking research on climate change in the Sierra Nevada.


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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...


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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.


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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.

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3.30.2019

UCLA environmental plan can transform L.A.

A futuristic, comprehensive environmental plan for Los Angeles has been drawn up at UCLA. It’s known as the Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge. It is being hailed as a call to action for groundbreaking intervention that could forge a more sustainable path forward for the great L.A. basin.


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3.18.2019

Alex Hall in Phys.org: Uncertain projections help to reveal the truth about future climate change

Alex Hall, a UCLA climate scientist, talks about his research on emergent constraints within climate modeling.  The first emergent constraint was identified on the snow-albedo feedback by lead author Professor Alex Hall of the University of California in Los Angeles,who said: “we found that the seasonal variation in the amount of snow-cover was closely related...


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3.18.2019

Alex Hall in UPI: Climate model uncertainty helps scientists narrow range of predictions

Alex Hall, a climate scientist at UCLA, spoke with UPI about climate modeling. “Scientists and their models agree, the world is getting warmer and the climate is changing as a result of growing greenhouse gas emissions. But even the best models can’t say exactly what the planet’s climate systems will look like in 2100. ‘We...


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3.18.2019

Mark Gold on KCRW-FM: Californias need to mindful of drought conditions

Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability, spoke with KCRW-FM  about drought conditions in California. “We have a research group here at UCLA, led by Alex Hall, who has been looking at this issue quite intently for the last few years. He has predicted, in his group, that we will have climate whiplash, which...


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3.17.2019

Daniel Swain in The Inertia: California Is Officially Out of the Drought

Research by Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, was quoted in this Inertia article on the end of California’s drought. 


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3.14.2019

UCLA’s Daniel Swain in Popular Science: Here’s what a ‘very likely’ sequel to California’s 1862 megastorm would look like

The Great Flood, unleashed 10 feet of rain and snow over California in 43 days at the end of 1861 and the start of 1862. The precipitation formed an inland sea that stretched 300 miles down the Central Valley and as much as 60 miles wide. At least 21 people died, the state declared bankruptcy,...


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3.6.2019

Washington Post: ‘Most spectacular’ and rare lightning display electrifies Southern California

Daniel Swain, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of California at Los Angeles, tweeted that it was the “most spectacular winter lightning display in recent memory.”


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3.6.2019

Rare 5-minute burst of 1,200 lightning strikes over California seaside town

Daniel Swain is climate scientist at UC Los Angeles, wrote on Twitter, “#AtmosphericRivers w/subtropical origins are occasionally very convective in SoCal, but this was most spectacular winter lightning display in recent memory.”


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3.6.2019

See LA’s night sky electrified by phenomenal lightning show

Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, tweeted about the lightning storm, saying it was “most spectacular winter lightning display in recent memory.”


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3.5.2019

Why California’s droughts and floods will only get worse

UCLA’s Daniel Swain talks to Popular Science about water storage, flood risk and drought.


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3.1.2019

Daniel Swain in NY Times: Snow in Forecast for a 2,500-Mile Path From California to Maine

Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, spoke with NY Times about forecasted snow from California to Maine.  “Increasingly in California and elsewhere we’re seeing anecdotes that are lining up with the physical science evidence,” Mr. Swain said. “The last 30 years have changed a lot more than the previous 30 years, and we expect that...


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3.1.2019

Daniel Swain in NY Times: Why ‘the Worst of Both Worlds’ Is in the Forecast

Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, spoke to the NY Times about severe storms hitting California.  “The bad news is that these kinds of severe storms are likely to get more frequent, as climate change contributes to what experts say will be a future marked less by gradual, steady warming than by a kind of...