Topical Tag: Water

The Magazine

Climate change puts California’s snowpack under the weather

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides 60 percent of the state’s water via a vast network of dams and reservoirs, has already been diminished by human-induced climate change and if emissions levels aren’t reduced, the snowpack could largely disappear during droughts, according to findings in the study published today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Events

Special Event

2018 IoES Gala | Sea CO2 Change

Honoring Van Jones, Keely Shaye Brosnan and Pierce Brosnan

3.22.2018

Every year, we honor environmental game-changers. Van Jones was one of the first to recognize that connecting economic vitality with social justice and the environment offers the best path to a sustainable future. Keely Shaye Brosnan uses her talents as a journalist and media producer to uncover and amplify compelling environmental stories, and Pierce Brosnan’s activism...


Special Event

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?


People

Xingying Huang

Postdoctoral Scholar

Center for Climate Science

Neil Berg

Associate Director, Science

Center for Climate Science

Jamie Dix

Graduate student

Deepshikha Upadhyay

Undergraduate student

Projects

Improving agricultural water efficiency in the Central Valley

California is the nation’s largest agricultural producer, providing more than 400 different farm products and producing nearly half of the country’s fruits, nuts and vegetables. It also takes 40 percent of all of California’s available surface water to do so. Given pressure from climate change, drought and increasing population, a sustainable water supply management system...

Environmental Storytelling Collaboration with KCET

LENS has launched a major collaboration with KCET, Southern California’s independent public TV and digital media company. The project provides a public platform for LENS members’ research on environmental narrative and culture and for the innovative work of UCLA Film and Television faculty and students. Working with KCET producers and editors, we are developing immersive...

Eat Your Water by Sam Swartz

Although the last year brought much needed rainfall, California is still facing a long-term drought. In many parts of the state, crops and farmland remain under stress and the state’s agricultural economy is still under threat. One of the most egregious wasters of water is the beef industry, which not only takes valuable water from...

Publications

Open data and Stormwater Systems in Los Angeles: Applications for Equitable Green Infrastructure

E. Porse

Published Work | 2018 | The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability


Significant and inevitable end-of-21st-century advances in surface runoff timing in California’s Sierra Nevada

M. Schwartz, A. Hall, F. Sun, D.B. Walton, and N. Berg

Published Work | 2017 | Journal of Hydrometeorology


Remote linkages to anomalous winter atmospheric ridging over the northeastern Pacific

D.L. Swain, D. Singh, D.E. Horton, J.S. Mankin, T.C. Ballard, N.S. Diffenbaugh

Published Work | 2017 | Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

In the News

Headline

2.8.2018

Is California Entering Another Drought? Experts Answer Your Questions.

Capital Public Radio consulted with Daniel Swain, IoES postdoctoral scholar, about California’s current state of water. High reservoir benefits big cities, but not necessarily farms and the drought never ended in some parts of California, including the location of the Thomas Fire.


Headline

2.5.2018

‘Keep saving water’: UCLA water expert wishes state never declared drought ‘over’

Mark Gold, IoES faculty member told 89.3 KPCC Take Two that, “What we’ve seen is that we went from a 24.5 percent reduction in water use – which everybody in the state had a lot to be proud of… Now, in the year and half or so since those mandatory cutbacks went to voluntary, we’re...


Headline

2.5.2018

More than 40 percent of California experiencing moderate drought

Scientists announced 40% of California is experiencing moderate drought. Digital Journal quoted Daniel Swain, IoES climate scientist, who stated, “This year it’s going to be pretty stark… There’s not going to be a lot of snow on the ground.”

Video

From Farms to Cities: Percolating New Ideas for Water Security

Sustainable Conservation a non-profit and IoES practicum client partner produced this video from an event held Sept 6, 2017 Following winter rains that pummeled the state, it’s easy for California’s five-year drought to recede in our memories. Resisting that amnesia is essential to our Golden State’s water future. We will explore how farms and cities...