Topical Tag: Water

The Magazine

Oroville Dam crisis could be sign of things to come

The recent crisis at Oroville Dam sheds light on an emerging problem for California's aging water resources infrastructure. Professor Alex Hall's research shows that, as temperatures warm in the Sierra Nevada, climate change could precipitate a deluge that will overwhelm a patchwork network of dams and reservoirs that supply 60 percent of the state's water.

Events

Lecture Series

The City and The River

The series expands the conversation around urban issues critical to Los Angeles and familiar to designers and thinkers from all over the world.

2.16.2017

The City and The River series is the theme of the 2016-17 joint school debate series that began last year with Drought and Beauty. Each event includes two lectures from prominent landscape architects and allied professionals (one based in L.A., one from elsewhere) followed by a moderated debate on a theme that will change annually. The...


Lecture Series

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...


Special Event

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...

People

Larry Lai Headshot

Larry Lai

LiS Student Representative & M.P.H./M.U.R.P. Candidate

Luskin School of Public Affairs and Fielding School of Public Health

Jennifer Taylor Headshot

Jennifer Taylor

Second Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering

Alison Partie

Alison Partie

First Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering

Krishna Krishnamurthy Headshot

Krishna Krishnamurthy

First Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering

Projects

EPA Urban Waters Civic Action Project 2017

UCLA, LA Waterkeeper, and Constitutional Rights Foundation were selected by EPA under their Urban Waters Small Grants Program to work with four high schools in Los Angeles to conduct a neighborhood-scale assessment of trash and industrial sources of pollutants.    Jefferson High School students created this video to investigate the Compton Creek watershed in the first...

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.

Health and Water Conservation Policy: How can California’s water community consider human health while protecting against California’s drought?

Part of an occasional series about the work of UCLA water experts. by Sharona Sokolow California’s current drought is a major crisis. After three years of below average precipitation, over 80% of California is in a state of exceptional or extreme drought. Compounded by unpredictable future weather patterns, melting snowpack, and aging infrastructure for water storage...

Publications

Confronting Standards and Nomenclature in Spatial Data Infrastructures: A Case Study of Urban Los Angeles County Geospatial Water Management Data

M. Cope, S. Pincetl

Published Work | 2014 | International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research


Water Distribution System Efficiency: An Essential or Neglected Part of the Water Conservation Strategy for Los Angeles County Water Retailers?

K. S. Naik, M. Glickfeld

Published Work | 2015 |


A tale of two California Droughts: Lessons Amidst Record Warmth and Dryness in a Region of Complex Physical and Human Geography

D. L. Swain

Published Work | 2015 | Geophysical Research Letters

In the News

Headline

2.22.2017

San Francisco Chronicle: Dams remain in line for bulk of funding

Extremes are what California is likely to see more of, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and author of the California Weather Blog. “We’ve swung pretty quickly from the most intense drought to literally the wettest winter we’ve observed in a century,” Swain said.


Student Blog

2.18.2017

Tom The Great!

Winter 2017 - Week 6: Resilience


Headline

2.16.2017

Los Angeles Times: L.A. area braces for what could be season’s biggest storm

“The Friday storm in particular could in fact become the strongest of the season in the Los Angeles region,” said UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.