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THREE IN UCI PHYSICAL SCIENCES BECOME 2021 AAAS FELLOWS
They join a list that includes scientists like Thomas Edison.
Mar 23, 2020
UCI, NASA scientists assess ice sheet with potential to raise global sea levels nearly 5 feet
Mar 23, 2020
Irvine, Calif., March 23, 2020 – East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are concerned that the shape of the ground surface beneath the ice sheet could make it even more susceptible to climate-driven collapse.
Mar 23, 2020
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…
Mar 20, 2020
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…
Mar 18, 2020
Irvine, Calif., March 18, 2020 – During the exceptionally warm Arctic summer of 2019, Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice, enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters in two months. On the opposite pole, Antarctica continued to lose mass in the Amundsen Sea Embayment and Antarctic Peninsula but saw some relief in the form of increased snowfall in Queen Maud Land, in the eastern part of the continent.
Mar 18, 2020
“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…
Mar 17, 2020
California’s strict environmental regulations have long concerned some farmers, who say that restrictions around things such as water use are at odds with the agricultural industry. The state’s air pollution standards, though, which are among the strictest in the country, are a boon to farmers: The reductions in ground ozone resulted in $600 million worth of increased crop production annually.
Mar 6, 2020
On February 19, Professors Eric Rignot, Timothy Tait and Jenny Yang all received 2019-2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards from the UCI Academic Senate during an evening ceremony at the Newkirk Alumni Center. The professors swept the Senates’ research awards categories; Professor Rignot received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, while Professors Yang and Tait received the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research and the Distinguished Early-Career Faculty Award for…
Feb 11, 2020
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…
Jan 27, 2020
Machine learning Earth system model projects growth in lower latitudes by 2100
Jan 14, 2020
Dr Melinda Nicewonger loves to engage with people and she loves her work as a earth systems scientist; looking at oceans, atmosphere and land as an inter-disciplinary system. In this podcast she…
Jan 13, 2020
In 2019, record fires in the Amazon sparked international outrage and capped a decade that saw the rainforest lose an area the size of 8.4 million soccer fields to deforestation.

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.