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Jan 18, 2016 ESS Professors Jim Randerson, Eric Rignot and Isabella Velicogna among 2015 most highly cited researchers
UCI Earth System Science professors Jim Randerson, Eric Rignot and Isabella Velicogna have been named among the world’s most influential researchers by Thomson Reuters. The 2015 Highly Cited Researchers list includes preeminent researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences who have...
Jan 06, 2016 ESS Professor Adam Martiny featured on NPR
With so much attention on California’s drought and the incoming El Niño, the anomalies in California’s warmer ocean temperatures may simply seem like something to enjoy. Surfers and swimmers rejoice as they jump in with a wetsuit-free splash. Reminiscent of tropical beaches, Southern California’s...
Jan 04, 2016 More microscopic plant life in SoCal waters could point to permanent change in wildlife
It's also changing the sorts of microscopic marine plants that thrive there, according to a new study from UC Irvine. The researchers analyzed samples of phytoplankton, organisms that are often the first link in the ocean food chain.  They noted that typically there are seasonal changes in the...
Jan 04, 2016 More microscopic plant life in SoCal waters could point to permanent change in wildlife
Waters off California have been unusually warm the last couple years, making conditions great for swimmers and surfers. It's also changing the sorts of microscopic marine plants that thrive there, according to a new study from UC Irvine. The researchers analyzed samples of phytoplankton, organisms...
Dec 21, 2015 Sea change
Visitors to Katherine Mackey’s office on the third floor of Croul Hall may think they’ve wandered into a secluded wing of a botanical conservatory. A small wooden desk and an upholstered sofa are among the few pieces of furniture in this room dominated by a lush canopy of plants, all looking to be...
Dec 16, 2015 El Niño Could Ignite Amazon, Drench California
The Amazon forests of Central and South America are at increased risk of fires in 2016 due to the ongoing El Niño, according to NASA scientists. This El Niño, which has helped trigger more than 100,000 fires in Indonesia and spewed an estimated 1.75 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents...
Dec 11, 2015 Is Santa Claus more powerful than Superman? A UCI professor has it figured out
Santa Claus is greater than Superman. Not that Santa would ever use his powers to defeat Superman. Santa is too jolly and too busy bringing joy to children around the world. But he could if he wanted to. “Santa is a planner,” said UC Irvine physics professor Michael Dennin. “He could use kryptonite...
Dec 10, 2015 The troubling science that’s pushing the world toward a much tougher climate goal
LE BOURGET, France — Perhaps the most surprising story out of the Paris climate talks so far is the shift that seems to be occurring in favor of at least some acknowledgment — if not an outright embrace — of a 1.5 degrees Celsius global temperature target in a final agreement here. Holding warming...
Dec 08, 2015 UCI expert among group urging accelerated reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Irvine, Calif., Dec. 8, 2015 – At the beginning of week two of the Paris climate talks, an international group of scientists is calling on the world’s industrial powers to aggressively and immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stressing that overreliance on so-called negative emissions...
Dec 01, 2015 What could dark matter be?
Although nearly a century has passed since an astronomer first used the term “dark matter” in the 1930s, the elusive substance still defies explanation. Physicists can measure its effects on the movements of galaxies and other celestial objects, but what it’s made of remains a mystery. In order to...

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