Climate Solutions

Human activities are changing the Earth’s climate, thereby threatening human health and safety; the security of our food, energy, and water systems; and long-term societal goals of prosperity, justice, and peace. Researchers in ESS are tackling many of these challenges, assessing opportunities to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from energy and food systems, use natural resources sustainably, and support adaptations for more resilient and equitable futures.

Research Groups

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Sustainable Systems Analysis Lab
Faculty
Steve Davis

Uses a wide range of environmental and economic data and multidisciplinary approaches to analyze the impacts from and on food, water, and energy systems. Research projects are problem-driven and solutions-oriented

Egoh Group
Faculty
Benis Egoh

Mapping and valuing of ecosystem services to understanding the economic consequences of land degradation on human well-being

AghaKouchak Group
Faculty
Amir AghaKouchak

Bridge between the disciplines of hydrology, climatology, and remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues

Goulden Group
Faculty
Michael Goulden

How terrestrial ecosystems work, with an emphasis on what controls the exchanges of gases and energy between land surfaces and the atmosphere

Randerson Group
Faculty
Jim Randerson

Global change in terrestrial ecosystems

Czimczik Group
Faculty
Claudia Czimczik

Combines field observation with geochemical analyses to understand how climate and anthropogenic activities impact carbon cycling and storage in (Arctic) land ecosystems, air pollution, and the global carbon cycle.

Faculty & Researchers
Steve Davis
Professor of Earth System Science
sjdavis@uci.edu
Benis Egoh
Assistant Professor of Earth System Science
begoh@uci.edu
Amir AghaKouchak
Associate Director - Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing
amir.a@uci.edu
Michael L Goulden
Professor of Earth System Science
mgoulden@uci.edu
James T Randerson
Professor of Earth System Science
jranders@uci.edu
Claudia I Czimczik
Associate Professor of Earth System Science
czimczik@uci.edu

News

AGU announces Section Awardees and Named Lecturers, including ESS Professor Charlie Zender
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The Department of Earth System Science acknowledges our presence on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples, who still hold strong cultural, spiritual and physical ties to this region.