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CSTARS’ Algorithm for Early Detection of California Wildfires Featured in Data Makes Possible

Read the original story here.  To combat future devastation, scientists across the public and private sectors are turning to data-driven technologies to better detect wildfires before they spread. Machine learning is one technology proving critical in providing actionable insights to help first responders identify wildfires early and come up with informed strategies to combat the […]

Director Houlton Talks Hot and Cold Records in a Changing Climate

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. Since 1999, the ratio has been two warm records set or broken for every cold one. In 16 of the last 20 years, there have been […]

How rising sea levels could impact Delta, Sacramento Valley

Kevin Oliver Reporter   ISLETON, Calif. (KCRA) — As the sea level rises, it could impact more than the California coastline. The rising water could impact the Sacramento region. Some researchers said the rise could threaten levees in the area and increase the risk of flooding throughout the Delta and the Sacramento Valley. UC Davis […]

Fellow Post Releases New Book “Time in Ecology: A Theoretical Framework”

Time in Ecology: A Theoretical Framework (Monographs in Population Biology)  by Eric Post Ecologists traditionally regard time as part of the background against which ecological interactions play out. In this book, Muir Institute Fellow Eric Post argues that time should be treated as a resource used by organisms for growth, maintenance, and offspring production. Post uses […]

Muir Institute and Office of Sustainability Team Up to Drive UC Mitigation Projects

Funding Opportunities for Climate Mitigation Projects In support of UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the University is soliciting ideas from members of the UC community for off-campus projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or sequester carbon. Under UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the UC system has committed to reducing its net GHGs from its operations to […]

Muir Institute Initiative Polar Day Forum Features First Woman to Ski Solo across Antarctica

Read the original story By Lisa Howard March 13, 2019 The first woman to ski alone across Antarctica, a professor who has written a book about the offbeat ephemera of polar expeditions, a painter who spent three months camping in Antarctica, and a poet-naturalist who has been a guide in some of the globe’s most remote places […]

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, […]