Kate Mackey's research at the Salton Sea spotlighted by UCI Physical Sciences

Katherine Mackey studies the boundary between the living and the nonliving worlds. She wants to know how those two worlds define one other, as things like aquatic microorganisms can alter the chemistry of the water they live in, and the chemistry of the water can then affect the kinds of organisms able to live there.

April 30, 2020

Ellen Druffel elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,403 and the total number of international members to 501. International members are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

April 27, 2020

Research by Morgan Gorris, Charlie Zender, and Jim Randerson cited in Science Friday


April 24, 2020

Physical Sciences launches Solutions that Scale to address environmental problems

Global environmental problems often take the shape of vicious cycles, with universal human desires for improved wellbeing cascading via consumption and environmental impacts to instead reduce it. Different solutions address different links in such cycles, born of research, translation, education, and practice. However, solutions to planetary problems must reach planetary proportions. This is why we're bringing together scientists and academics, policy makers, business leaders, and global citizens to identify and accelerate solutions that scale

April 22, 2020

ESS and Physical Sciences launch series on climate change

On this Earth Day, as we reflect on the global impact our school and the department of ESS have had on climate change studies, we launch a climate change series that examines what the future holds for Earth science research given the many shifts caused by the pandemic.

April 22, 2020

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


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