California Climate Expedition

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About The Ride

When it comes to our climate future, the science is telling us more than ever.

For California, we have a wealth of information about how climate change is affecting us in our backyards — information we can use to plan for the future. And the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science keeps pushing the boundaries, doing ground-breaking research that answers more pressing questions about how to manage our water, forests, and energy systems, improve the health of our communities, and protect the natural places we love. Read More

Everyone in California needs to know what we’re finding. But the message isn’t getting out as widely as it needs to.

The California Climate Expedition is designed to change that. We are recruiting forty climate explorers to tour the coast by bicycle, learning first-hand about climate change impacts and solutions from experts at the Center and other renowned institutions.

But even more importantly, each rider will support the Center’s critical efforts to communicate the Center's science to decision-makers, planners, and communities across California.

The UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science is unique among climate science research centers in California in that communications and outreach is an integral part of their mission. They don’t only produce science for their scientific peers: Their stakeholders include policymakers, resource managers, and all residents of California. They produce written and visual materials about their work that nonscientists can easily understand, and that decision-makers can translate into action.

UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science doesn't keep their science in the ivory tower or behind journal paywalls: They travel the state to talk about their work to anyone who will listen. They conduct countless interviews with print, online, radio, and TV news outlets. They engage Californians at live events and on social media.

But this kind of work isn’t easy to fund via traditional research pathways, and we need your help to keep their efforts going — and expand them.

By riding in or contributing to the California Climate Expedition, you’re equipping the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science to:

  • Host innovative educational events

  • Engage information graphic designers to communicate our science in the clearest and most compelling ways

  • Travel across the state to share our findings with communities and decision-makers

  • Provide media training to young researchers

  • Dedicate more researcher and staff time to media and online engagement

By joining us, you will help change the conversation about climate change, and ensure that the latest, most cutting-edge climate science can be put into action.

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Registration Fee

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Fundraising Goal:

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6/8/19 - 6/24/19

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Total Mileage:

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Average Daily Mileage:

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Length of Trip:
17 Days


+ What is it? . . .

The California Climate Expedition is a 17-day, 550-mile bicycle journey along the California coast. Led by Alex Hall, UCLA professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the university’s Center for Climate Science, the ride will wind through scenic landscapes en route to the places that exemplify how climate change is affecting California — and how Californians are innovating to solve problems.

+ What will I see and learn? . . .

You’ll ride through diverse California landscapes: the majestic coastline, grape-growing valleys, oak-dotted hills, and vibrant urban neighborhoods. At certain locations, you’ll stop for a deep-dive learning experience. For example:

  • East Bay Area: Investigate how sea level rise and other climate change impacts affect urban communities, and learn about climate change solutions from the tech community.
  • San Francisco Bay Delta: Sort out the entangled issues of water supply management, sea level rise, and species conservation at one of California’s most altered natural places, and see how wetlands are one of our most potent weapons in the battle to sequester carbon and fight climate change.
  • Monterey Bay area: Explore how climate change affects oceans and marine life, and learn how the oceans take up our carbon and reduce the effects of climate change.
  • Santa Barbara area: Understand how climate change increases the risk of wildfires and extreme rain and mudslide events like those that recently ravaged this area, and see how local communities are using nature to cope with sea level rise.
  • Los Angeles area: Learn how climate change impacts on water resources throughout the state affect urban areas and about California’s unique leadership role in addressing climate change through public policy.

+ Why would I want to do this? . . .

There are many reasons to ride. Maybe you love California as much as we do and want to understand climate change impacts in the state and what you can do about them. Perhaps you enjoy cycling, and want to complete a physical challenge for a good cause. You won’t only be learning on this expedition — you’ll also be raising funds to contribute to climate change solutions. Funds raised by each rider before and during the ride will help the UCLA Center for Climate Science conduct research on future climate impacts and how California can adapt.

+ What are the fund-raising requirements? . . .

Each rider joining for the entire ride commits to raising $4,000 before the start of the ride. A registration fee of $300 is also required to cover planning and logistical costs of the ride. (For current UC students, the registration fee is reduced to $200. For current UCLA students, the Center for Climate Science will cover your registration fee.)

+ What is taken care of for me? . . .

You need to have a bike and to get yourself to the start of the ride. During the expedition, OnePulse takes care of the logistics. The ride route is planned in advance, and lodging or camping accommodations are provided. A support vehicle will supply water and other necessities en route. Climate-friendly, plant-based meals will be served, featuring fresh produce provided by local farms along the route.

+ Can I really do this? . . .

If you’re healthy and comfortable riding a bike for a few hours a day for several days in a row, you can absolutely do this ride!

DayDateFromToEst. Miles
16/8/2019Oakland, CAOakland, CA--
26/9/2019Oakland, CAOakland, CA--
36/10/2019Berkley, CAOakley, CA51
46/11/2019Oakley, CAOakley, CA--
56/12/2019Oakley, CALivermore, CA36
66/13/2019Livermore, CAWatsonville, CA86
76/14/2019Watsonville, CAMonterey, CA29
86/15/2019Monterey, CAMonterey, CA--
96/16/2019Monterey, CAPlaskett Creek, CA64
106/17/2019Plaskett Creek, CASan Luis Obispo, CA 75
116/18/2019San Luis Obispo, CA Santa Maria, CA34
126/19/2019Santa Maria, CASanta Barbara64
136/20/2019Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara--
146/21/2019Santa BarbaraOxnard, CA40
156/22/2019Oxnard, CAUCLA Stunt Ranch46
166/23/2019UCLA Stunt RanchLos Angeles, CA21
176/24/2019Event at UCLAEvent At UCLA--