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Droughts and Progress – Lessons from California’s 2012-2016 Drought

California WaterBlog By Jay Lund, Josue Medellin, John Durand, and Kathleen Stone Lake Cachuma in Southern California, February 2017 Droughts and floods have always tested water management, driven water systems improvements, and helped water organizations and users maintain focus and discipline.  California’s 2012-2016 drought and the very wet 2017 water year were such tests.  Historically, […]

Muir Institute–Delta Stewardship Council Journal Has Helped Inform California Water Policies for 15 Years

Original story by Lisa Howard January 21, 2019 When the peer-reviewed journal San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science launched fifteen years ago, the editors chose what was then a somewhat new model of scientific publication known as “open access.” At that time, most academic journal publishers kept their content behind pay walls, accessible only with […]

Muir Institute Partners with Industry, Stakeholders to Capture Atmospheric CO2 at Large Scales

California leads the nation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but reductions alone will not be enough to reach the targets set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement. To do that, greenhouses gases like carbon dioxide will need to be removed from the atmosphere on a monumental scale. An ambitious new multicampus, multipartner consortium led by […]

Sacramento Valley Region Climate Report Now Available in Spanish

California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment is a series of reports that provide new science and planning tools to ready the state for climate change. The reports detail the effects of climate change now and in the future so communities can prepare for more severe wildfires, more frequent and longer droughts, rising sea levels, increased flooding, […]

Muir Institute Supports SOFA at the 2018 CONNECT Art Expo

The Muir Institute is proud to support the SOFA (Sculptural Objects Art & Functional design) team at the Annual 2018 CONNECT Art Expo. CONNECT is an exhibition design competition for schools all over the US. For the past three years, UC Davis has been accepted to participate in the competition. UC Davis is #3 in […]

Fellow Middleton releases her latest book, ” Upstream Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River”

Upstream: Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River Muir Institute Fellow Beth Rose Middleton Manning, Associate Professor of Native American studies, relates the history behind the nation’s largest state-built water and power conveyance system, California’s State Water Project, with a focus on Indigenous resistance and activism. Asked where she hopes the conversation goes from […]

Fellow Post Elected as a Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Muir Institute Fellow Eric Post has been announced as a newly elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the association announced on November 27. The newest class comprises 416 fellows recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The new fellows will be formally recognized […]

Fine Particles from wildfire smoke can hurt your body in ways you never dreamed of

BY CATHIE ANDERSON, canderson@sacbee.com November 19, 2018 03:00 AM   Last year, as the Tubbs Fire scorched its way across Napa and Sonoma counties, environmental researchers at the University of California, Davis, fielded questions about the health impact of chronic exposure to smoke from a wildfire that torched trees and urban structures alike. UCD’s Kent Pinkerton and Rebecca Schmidt and other researchers […]

Camp Fire shows need for early detection: How tech and artificial intelligence can help

The Mercury News By Levi Sumagaysay | lsumagaysay@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 9, 2018 at 8:01 am | UPDATED: November 12, 2018 at 4:37 pm   The fast-moving Camp Fire caused traffic gridlock as Butte Country residents tried to evacuate last week, leading some of them to abandon their vehicles as the fire […]

Fellow Hernandez Highlighted as one of UC Davis’ Top Women in STEM

Rebecca R. Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Earth System Science Rebecca Hernandez grew up in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains among ample coastal sage scrub. She didn’t know at the time that it is one of the country’s most endangered plant communities, threatened by urban development and exotic species invasion. Hernandez spent her childhood hiking […]