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Dec 16, 2019 Taming wildfires
California’s 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive ever recorded: At least 100 people were killed, more than 24,000 structures were consumed and nearly 2 million acres were burned, according to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection. These blazes left...
Dec 14, 2019 Scientists have discovered deepest point on land
A new study shows that the deepest point on land is under the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica. Glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine, were mapping the area only to find that the trough under the glacier went far deeper than they had imagined. The trough is about 3.5 km (about 2...
Dec 12, 2019 UCI-led team releases high-precision map of Antarctic ice sheet bed topography
A University of California, Irvine-led team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet – and, by doing so, has helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to future climate...
Dec 12, 2019 Denman Glacier: Deepest point on land found in Antarctica
This ice-filled canyon reaches 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level. Only in the ocean are the valleys deeper still. The discovery is illustrated in a new map of the White Continent that reveals the shape of the bedrock under the ice sheet in unprecedented detail. Its features will be critical to our...
Dec 10, 2019 UCI ESS AGU Video: Global Environmental Change: Causes, Impacts, Solutions
      Global Environmental Change: Causes, Impacts, Solutions. The Department of Earth System Science (ESS) 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. With global change...
Dec 07, 2019 The World Solved the Ozone Problem. It Can Solve Climate Change.
The discovery made big news and rattled the public. Aerosol sales dropped dramatically, and, despite pushback from the chemical companies that made CFCs, Congress in 1977 added protecting the ozone layer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s duties under the Clean Air Act. Not long afterward,...
Nov 27, 2019 Climates of Distant Terrestrial Worlds
Radiation In, Radiation Out The climate for a planet like Earth is largely set by the delicate balance between incoming radiation from the planet’s star, and outgoing radiation in the form of heat emitted into space. The amount of energy absorbed, reflected, and emitted by a planet’s surface and...
Nov 26, 2019 Seven from Physical Sciences named to global list of most influential researchers
Professors Steven Allison, James Bullock, Steven Davis, James Randerson, Eric Rignot, Isabella Velicogna and Jasper Vrugt have been named to the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 global list.   Presented by Web of Science since 2002, this list recognizes research scientists who have demonstrated...
Nov 26, 2019 Nine UCI researchers named AAAS fellows
A total of 443 AAAS members are being honored this year for their efforts to further science or its applications. New fellows will each receive an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin on Feb. 15, 2020, at the organization’s annual meeting, in Seattle. “It is an honor to congratulate...
Nov 23, 2019 A 'no-brainer Nobel Prize': Hungarian scientists may have found a fifth force of nature
New research may be leading us closer to one more. Scientists at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Atomki) have posted findings showing what could be an example of that fifth force at work. The scientists were closely watching how an excited helium atom...

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