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New Campus Website Facilitates Strong Climate Change Connections

New Campus Website Facilitates Strong Climate Change Connections

Aerial photo of mangrove ecosystem.

Aerial photo of mangrove ecosystem.

UC San Diego emphasizes its leadership in climate research and education, as part of the climate change website.

Climate change is threatening the global ecosystems, including sea level, ocean acidity and public health. According to The most recent assessment by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if there’s any hope of mitigating the worst outcomes, immediate action is essential.

UC San Diego is now open to all who want to learn more about climate change research and expand their education. A new website to highlight the breadth of campus-based climate change research, and the university’s leading role in education and degree programs dedicated to understanding, mitigating and developing solutions to protect our planet.

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“UC San Diego has been a leading research institution studying climate change since 1957, when Scripps Institution of Oceanography director Roger Revelle first introduced the scientific hypothesis that humanity’s use of fossil fuels causes significant environmental changes,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Since then, we’ve continued to lead interdisciplinary research to understand and protect our planet, whether that is our climate scientists making observations of surging atmospheric carbon dioxide via the Keeling Curve, social scientists researching what motivates action, or engineers developing new energy alternatives. This new website shows the work we’ve been doing, and the unparalleled education we offer in this area.”

The university’s research is organized across four interdisciplinary research areas including Climate Science and Impacts, Adaptation and Solutions, Policy, Climate JusticeThis highlights select research centers, initiatives, and faculty who are leading this vital research. You will also find the latest news about campus climate change research.

screenshot of the Climate Change website homepage.

The website emphasizes climate change academicsUC San Diego offers many engagement opportunities. These include undergraduate majors, minors, and engagement opportunities such as the Climate Change Studies minor,Graduate programs and massive online open classes, including Climate Change Solutions: Bending The CurveAn online course that focuses on solutions, developed by Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Scripps Oceanography climate scientist, and is available to a worldwide audience.

“We wanted current and potential students to know that if you want to study or make a difference around climate change, UC San Diego is the place for you,” said Margaret Leinen, vice chancellor of marine sciences at UC San Diego and director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “Given the dire warnings of the latest IPCC report, we need all hands on deck, and the site does an extensive job showcasing how broad our climate change education offerings are here.”

screenshot of the Climate Change website.

Curated specifically from across UC San Diego’s course catalog, the site features a sampling of Climate change coursesAll research areas covered, starting from the Anthropology course. “Indigenous Peoples, Extractive Development, and Climate Change,” to Scripps Oceanography’s “Ice and the Climate System,” and Urban Planning’s “Sustainable Planning,”Focused on the processes that create a sustainable city.

The site is a clearinghouse for all things climate related, including a list relevant student organizations. Here are some featured student groups Climate Reality Project Campus Corps, which brings together students to organize their campus community to become 100% committed to renewable energy and ending climate change; Engineers for a Sustainable World, a group that strives to share and develop sustainable technologies and practices. UCSD Climate Reviewa student-run publication that focuses on climate change content.

The Understanding and Protecting the Planet committee supported the site’s development. Leinen is the chair of the committee which brings together faculty members from campus who are committed to helping to advance the cause. university’s grand research theme to understand and protect the planet.This theme highlights the university’s leading role in research that communicates and explains environmental change, develops economically viable solutions to increase society’s resilience and recommends changes in policy. It also assesses their economic impact.

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“The more people learn, the more they want to engage,” said Leinen. “Obviously, on climate issues, time is of the essence. It’s crucial that we make the needed connections and break down the silos that keep people apart. We provide a roadmap for anyone who wants to get involved with this site. For those frustrated with the slow pace of action, there are many opportunities to make a change, in the world and in your own life.”

From the university’s long history of advancing climate research, to leading the Delegation from University of Californiaat the United Nations Conference of Parties conferences (COP), and its own commitments for the university One of the most resilient in the nationUC San Diego aims for being an example.

“We’ve been leading the way on climate for decades, and no other institution has the authority and understanding that we do on these issues,” added Khosla. “The site highlights our educational offerings, which represent the cutting edge of climate science and solutions in multiple areas. We hope it becomes an essential resource for current and future Tritons who want to make a difference.”



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