Photo compilation of ESS researchers in the field

Research in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine focuses on how the atmosphere, land and oceans interact as a system and how the Earth will change over a human lifetime. ESS faculty research interests vary widely from climate, atmospheric chemistry, and biogeochemistry to oceanography and hydrology. The department ranks among the top U.S. universities for the impact of its publications in the geosciences. In addition to their research, faculty work to inform and educate policy makers and the community at large on a range of issues affecting the environment and quality of life.

Atmospheric Chemistry Biogeochemical Cycles Physical Climate
ESS Faculty ESS Faculty ESS Faculty
Claudia Czimczik Claudia Czimczik James Famiglietti
Ellen Druffel Steven J. Davis Kathleen Johnson
Alex Guenther Ellen Druffel Gudrun Magnusdottir
Saewung Kim Michael Goulden Mathieu Morlighem
Michael Prather Kate Mackey Francois Primeau
Eric Saltzman Adam Martiny Mike Pritchard
Charles Zender Keith Moore Eric Rignot
  Francois Primeau Isabella Velicogna
  James Randerson Jin-Yi Yu
  Eric Saltzman Charles Zender
  John Southon  
  Susan Trumbore  
Affiliated & Emeritus Faculty Affiliated & Emeritus Faculty Affiliated & Emeritus Faculty
Ralph Cicerone Steven Allison Kristen Davis
Jasper Vrugt William Reeburgh Soroosh Sorooshian
    Jasper Vrugt
The study of the chemical composition of the Earth's atmosphere using environmental chemistry, physics, meteorology, computer modeling, and oceanography The study of biological processes in ecosystem, regional, and global carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles, and how this role is changing due to human activities The study of Earth's climate system involving interactions between the ocean, land, atmosphere, cryosphere, and hydrosphere