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Institute of the Environment and Sustainability professors receive $310,000 in climate grants

By Alison Hewitt
Originally posted in UCLA Today's Faculty Bulletin Board

A project on the effects of sea-level rise and of extreme events to California coastal habitats received $100,327. The team includes MacDonald, director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor with joint appointments in Geology and in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Ambrose, a professor IoES and with joint appointments in public health and in environmental science and engineering. Little is known about the exact ways that climate change is affecting coastal ecosystems or how they will be changed in the future. The research will provide scientific information to support future planning and conservation of coastal natural resources as the climate changes.

A project that will analyze and compare localized global climate models received $210,050. The research team includes Hall, a professor at IoES and in atmospheric sciences. The research will downscale worldwide climate models to improve predictions at local level, and analyze and compare the different models to better understand the accuracy and properties of these downscaled climate simulations and climate-change projections.