climate change

March 2023: Earth’s 2nd-warmest March on Record

As the 2023 spring season goes into full swing, you may be noticing the warmer than average weather we are having this year. In fact, 

March 2023 was Earth’s second-warmest March since global record-keeping began in 1850."

The only March that was warmer was from recent years, specifically in 2016 near the conclusion of the El Niño event. New research allows us to compare global temperature records back to 1850, showing how March 2023's report is one of the hottest since then.

Media Advisory: ‘UC Davis LIVE’ on Mitigating Wildfire Hazards for Homes and Communities

Written by Andy Fell, September 27, 2021

Sept. 30, 11 a.m. — Fire has always been part of the Western landscape, but the fire season gets longer and more severe every year. So far this year, California has seen four of the largest wildfires in its history, and the Dixie Fire, the second-largest in state history, is still burning after two months. 

Leading Climate Adaptation since 2016!

While 2020 has brought a myriad of challenges to the world, the UC Davis Climate Adaptation Research Center has continued to pursue research that can support the communities affected by our changing climate. Co-Director Dr. Eric Chu's work has stood out to several renowned journals and is being recognized for his well-supported analyses.

Assessment and Mitigation of Wildfire Induced Air Pollution

This project aims to develop a state-of-the-art scalable framework for assessment and mitigation of wildfire-induced air pollution, which will account for climate change effects. Wildfires are becoming an existential threat to the well-being of the U.S. population, with wildfire-induced air pollution as one of the most severe contributors to economic and life losses. This project will address critical research needs to assess and mitigate wildfire effects (and wildfire-induced air pollution in particular) on human health.