UCI Sustainability hosts a week of Earth Day events

Please join UCI Sustainability for their week of Earth Day events! Please find the full programming schedule here.

April 20, 2020

ESS Summer Session courses still being offered

ESS will still be offering courses for Summer Session 2020! In Summer Session I, the Department will offer ESS 3: Oceanography and ESS 5: Earth's Atmosphere; and it will offer ESS 1: Intro to Earth System Science and ESS 15: Introduction to Global Climate Change for Summer Session II.

For Summer Session 2020, UCI is offering a full-time fee incentive program for all current and incoming UC students. Students will need to pay for up to only 8 units in per unit course fees. For more information, please visit UCI Summer Session here.

April 17, 2020

Isabella Velicogna quoted in Weather Channel piece about new research out of the Velicogna and Rignot research groups

Greenland Ice Melt Shows Why Global Warming Matters

Greenland lost so much ice last summer, it actually raised global sea levels. Here’s why that’s a huge problem.

March 26, 2020

Steve Davis quoted in Newsweek about the effects of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on countries around the world, causing a global health crisis while forcing economies to shut down in the face of strict quarantine measures. But the outbreak is also having an intriguing impact on Earth's environment, as nations restrict the movement of people.

March 24, 2020

Rignot and Morlighem research groups' work featured in USA Today

It's getting warmer down at the bottom of the world.

As the global climate heats up, some of the great ice sheets and glaciers in Antarctica are melting, a few of them rapidly. One, East Antarctica’s Denman glacier, has retreated nearly 3 miles in just the past 22 years, according to a new study

March 24, 2020

Eric Rignot quoted in Washington Post article about new research by Rignot and Morlighem research groups

The more the glacier’s grounding line backs down the slope, the thicker the ice becomes. This means the ice can flow outward faster and also that more of it will be exposed to ocean waters capable of melting it. “In this configuration, it means that once the glacier starts retreating, it’s very hard to stop it,” said [Earth system science Professor] Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine, one of the study’s authors. “You sort of open the floodgates.”

March 23, 2020

Isabella Velicogna quoted about new research by NBC LA

Last year proved to be an exceptionally warm summer in the Arctic as Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice, which is enough to hike the global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters in two months, according to the study.

March 20, 2020

Isabella Velicogna's research spotlighted in Washington Post

“We knew this past summer had been particularly warm in Greenland, melting every corner of the ice sheet, but the numbers are enormous,” said lead author Isabella Velicogna, an Earth system science professor at the University of California at Irvine and a senior scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a news release. The mass loss from Greenland alone was enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters, the study found.

March 18, 2020

Charlie Zender featured in Spectrum News piece about sunsets

If you live in or visited Southern California during the winter, you have likely caught a beautiful sunset or two. They can be mesmerizing, but what makes them look so beautiful?

A professor from a local university spends his time enjoying sunsets.

“They can be glorious.”

University of California Irvine Professor Charlie Zender says you will find the most glorious SoCal sunsets during the winter.

February 11, 2020


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