Climate change

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Got a big idea? Save the world and win prizes

This year’s Big Ideas student innovation contest features nine categories, including the newly extended Energy & Resource Alternatives category, sponsored by the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Gift will launch Scripps climate center

$5M gift will seed Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation.


Climate change causes timing shifts in fish reproduction

Warmer ocean temperatures affect seasonal cycles, study finds.

moving snow at WISSARD drill site

Temperature's rising beneath West Antarctic ice sheet

Research team reports first direct measurement of geothermal heat flow rising from deep within the Earth to the bottom of the ice sheet.
wildflowers at Owens Peak

California’s wildflowers losing diversity in face of warmer, drier winters

Similar trends have been found in other Mediterranean environments, such as those of southern Europe.

New technique allows study of clouds in 3-D

Stereophotogrammetry provides a unique window into clouds, thus improving climate models.
oar sits atop parched earth

How climate change is making California’s epic drought worse

Studies suggest that climate change might give rise to a new climate regime, one in which the years of low precipitation will be accompanied by warm conditions.

Art, science inspire student climate-change activism

37 students are awarded fellowships to work on projects that support UC's Carbon Neutrality Initiative.
dried body of water

UC tackles California water security

Researchers forge strategies to accurately estimate snowpack, soil moisture and surface-water volumes, and improve monitoring of groundwater.
Sarah Moffitt

Sea change

Ocean ecosystems that experience rapid upheaval because of climate change can take thousands of years to recover.