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Scientists in the Department of Earth System Science are working to expand our knowledge of the Earth's systems by exploring atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, and the physical climate. We are investigating the global environment as a whole to better understand and create solutions for issues such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, and worldwide air pollution. We are deploying new instrumentation and applying advanced techniques to answer complex scientific questions about the Earth's systems. In order to realize our vision it takes the creative and financial commitment of alumni, community friends, and industry. Gifts of all sizes allow our programs to grow and thrive. It is through your support that we can continue to explore, invent, and shape tomorrow’s world. 

The funding priority for the Department of Earth System Science is to raise funds for an Endowed Chair and graduate student fellowship fund. To learn more, please visit the Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund page.

Ready to make a difference? Click here to donate.  For more information on supporting specific areas within the Department of Earth System Science, please contact or (949) 824-8794.