In the recent drought, Californians saw firsthand the consequences of hotter-than-normal temperatures and a smaller-than-normal Sierra Nevada snowpack, including historically low reservoir levels, dying trees, and increased wildfire risk. Professor Alex Hall of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his research team have set out to understand future impacts of climate change on the mountain landscapes we love—and the snowpack upon which California depends for its water resources. The UCLA team has produced first-of-their-kind projections of future climate that capture the intricate physical processes affecting climate in the Sierra. Dr. Hall will present key findings from the study and discuss what they mean for decision-makers, resource managers, and all Californians. Dr. Hall is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and director of the Center for Climate Science at UCLA. Dr. Hall was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment Report’s chapter on regional climate change and a contributing author to its chapter on climate model evaluation.
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