Atmosphere
From weather and climate change to air quality and human impacts, explore how UC is researching our effect on everything in the atmosphere, how it sustains life, and how we can ensure it will continue to bring health and vitality to California into the future.

Date: 12/4/2018
Katherine Markovich, PhD teamed up with fellow graduate students Stephen Maples and Lauren Foster in the NSF Climate Change Water and Society Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (CCWAS IGERT) to study water resources in Chile. Using water's signature, the isotopic values for snow, rivers, and groundwater, Dr. Katie Markovich is developing an understanding of Chile's water portfolio under different climate conditions. Like many of Graham Fogg's students at UC Davis, she relies on high-powered models to describe future scenarios. California and Chile's Mediterranean climate is changing, and hydrological research will help water managers in both areas prepare infrastructure for different conditions.

Date: 7/5/2018
Global warming due to CO2 emissions from fossil fuels remains an urgent issue that must be addressed. With the largest share of energy-related CO2 emissions in the US from coming transportation, it is critical to replace fossil fuels for powering vehicles. A team of researchers from UC Merced is developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for powering vehicles at TEEL, the Thermal and Electrochemical Energy Laboratory. Working on novel catalyst synthesis, membrane electrode assembly integration, multiphysics simulation, cell design and diagnostics and system integration, the goal of TEEL is to enable hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to achieve sustainable energy use in the future.

Date: 5/5/2017
Water managers in the state are responding to climate change by working with the University of California, measuring snow melt, and the timing and availability of water in the Sierra Nevada. This information will lead to better planning downstream.

Date: 5/5/2017
Roger Bales, Director Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced, describes climate change and the effects on the environment.