Alex Hall is the director of the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science and a leader in regional climate modeling, a field of climate science concerned with creating very spatially detailed projections of future climate. The data and information that Alex and his colleagues produce help communities in California respond to climate change.
Katharine Davis Reich
Katharine Davis Reich is the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science’s associate director overseeing strategic planning, communications, and outreach. She helps the scientists translate their work into accessible talks, reports, and graphics, so that the people who need climate change information most—communities, policy makers, planners, and other stakeholders—can use it to plan for the future.
Jerry Huang is a project scientist at the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science. He uses his extensive climate and land surface modeling expertise to model how streamflow will change in watersheds in very fine detail. This is information that water managers can use to understand how climate change will affect the amount and timing of water availability in the future.
Chad Thackeray is a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science. His work focuses on global climate models, powerful computer simulations of the climate system that allow scientists to project future climate on global and continental scales. He looks for reasons that different global climate models give different answers about climate change so that future climate projections can be subject to less uncertainty.
Naomi Goldenson is a postdoctoral researcher at the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science focusing on the future of heavy precipitation events in California. Currently, global climate model projections of precipitation aren’t spatially detailed enough to be useful for water resources planning in California. Naomi is developing techniques to “downscale” these models and achieve the level of detail needed.
Gavin Dayanga recently joined the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science as a graduate student. He is part of a large collaborative project that seeks to understand how climate change affects drought, vegetation, and wildfire in the future.
Xingying Huang is a postdoctoral researcher at the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science. Her research focuses on atmospheric rivers, bands of moisture that cross the Pacific and bring heavy rains to California. Xingying is working to understand how atmospheric river events change in a warmer future.
Neil Berg is the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science’s associate director overseeing the science program. He’s currently driving an initiative to collaborate with Los Angeles water agencies to make to the region more sustainable in its water use and more resilient to climate change.