Center for Climate Science

Ensuring the Sustainability of Los Angeles Water Management Under Climate Change

In Fall 2018, the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science kicked off a new five-year project aimed at improving the sustainability of water management operations and planning in Los Angeles County. Our researchers will work closely with key water agencies to ensure that water resources managers take cutting-edge climate science into account.

Los Angeles Regional Climate Assessment

For more than a decade, the State of California has undertaken periodic scientific assessments with the goal of understanding future climate change impacts on the state. For the first three such assessments, released in 2006, 2009, and 2012, a portfolio of research projects investigated climate change impacts, and the assessment report described the results of...

The Future of California Drought, Fire, and Forest Dieback

In this project, we at the Center for Climate Science are using climate, vegetation, and fire observations and models to answer critical questions for California's future: Under climate change, what will happen to forests? How will fire risk change? How will climate, forest, and fire changes interact with and exacerbate one another — and what can we do to prepare?

The Henry “Hank” Weiss Memorial Climate Education Event

At the Center for Climate Science, we believe that all the cutting-edge research in the world can’t help to solve real-world problems if people don’t know about it. That’s why good communication and education are a critical part of our mission. With a generous endowment gift made by Suzanne Weiss Morgen in 2018, we’ve been given the opportunity to launch a new type of climate education event.

Climate Change in Los Angeles County: Grid Vulnerability to Extreme Heat

In this project, UCLA and Arizona State University researchers developed a sophisticated and in-depth description of future electricity demand, grid response, and vulnerability due to increased heat events in Southern California Edison territory under current and future climate scenarios. The project's findings enable innovative grid management and operation strategies and identify adaptation guidance.

Sierra Nevada

Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada

Using an innovative technique to produce high-resolution future climate projections, our team is answering key questions about the fate of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a critical natural resource that not only supports an iconic ecosystem but also provides freshwater to millions of Californians.

Developing Metrics to Evaluate the Skill and Credibility of Downscaling

Within the climate science community, a variety of techniques are used to "downscale" information from global climate models and produce fine-scale projections of future climate, but the relative strengths and weaknesses of these techniques are not well-understood. In this project, we are comparing downscaling techniques and establishing best practices.

The Future of Extreme Precipitation in California

Our researchers are investigating the effects of climate change on heavy precipitation events in the state. Specifically, we're focusing on atmospheric rivers, moisture-laden filaments of air that move across oceans and produce heavy precipitation when they make landfall. Understanding how atmospheric rivers are affected in a changing climate is key to smart water planning in the future.

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Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region

The most comprehensive study of climate change in LA to date, the Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region Project was conducted by Center for Climate Science Faculty Director Alex Hall and his research group between 2010 and 2015. Dr. Hall and his team developed a novel method for bringing global climate model projections to high spatial resolution, creating neighborhood-by-neighborhood projections of future climate over the greater Los Angeles region under different scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions.

Publications

On the Connection Between Global Hydrologic Sensitivity and Regional Wet Extremes

C.W. Thackeray, A.M. DeAngelis, A. Hall, D.L. Swain, X. Qu

Published Work | 2018 | Geophysical Research Letters


Climate Change in Los Angeles County: Grid Vulnerability to Extreme Heat

D. Burillo, M. Chester, S. Pincetl, E. Fournier, D.B. Walton, F. Sun, M. Schwartz, K. Reich, and A. Hall

Published Work | 2018


Anthropogenic Warming Impacts on Today’s Sierra Nevada Snowpack and Flood Risk

X. Huang, A. Hall, and N. Berg

Published Work | 2018 | Geophysical Research Letters


Why Do Models Produce Spread in Snow Albedo Feedback?

C.W. Thackeray, X. Qu, and A. Hall

Published Work | 2018 | Geophysical Research Letters


Increasing precipitation volatility in twenty-first-century California

D.L. Swain, B. Langenbrunner, J.D. Neelin, and A. Hall

Published Work | 2018 | Nature Climate Change


Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada: California’s Water Future

K.D. Reich, N. Berg, D.B. Walton, M. Schwartz, F. Sun, X. Huang, and A. Hall

Other | 2018