New Era for Earth System Science: UC Santa Cruz Joins UCAR Network

UC Santa Cruz partners with consortium to enhance Earth system science programs

Recently, UC Santa Cruz has joined the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a nonprofit organization comprised of 126 colleges and universities in North America that focus on research and training in Earth system science. This membership allows UC Santa Cruz to be part of a vast network that includes almost all academic programs in Earth system science across the continent.

The benefits of UCAR membership for UC Santa Cruz are numerous, including access to over 30 professional development opportunities. These opportunities range from internships that provide students with research experience working alongside leading scientists, to fellowships that support the next generation of Earth system scientists, and even potential careers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, one of the premier modeling centers involved in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

UCAR membership aligns with UC Santa Cruz’s recent strategic focus on climate change, sustainability, and resilience, as well as its goal of encouraging a diverse group of students to pursue careers in science. The application process was led by the Earth & Planetary Sciences department with assistance from Ocean Sciences and Applied Mathematics. UC Santa Cruz’s representatives in UCAR are associate professors Claudie Beaulieu and Nicole Feldl.

Associate Professor Beaulieu stated, “It’s about time given the high-impact research and educational activities going on at UC Santa Cruz in Earth system science, including atmospheric science, climate science, hydrology, oceanography, biogeochemistry and solar physics.” Meanwhile Associate Professor Feldl expressed her enthusiasm for discussions surrounding Earth system predictability and emphasized how crucial it is to make credible predictions about the climate we will experience in the future.” She believes that UCAR plays an essential role in coordinating research efforts in climate science.

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