Alex is making high-resolution projections by downscaling climate models to the neighborhood scale. More specifically, he is focusing on a project in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is investigating the effects of warming on snowpack, wildfire, and implications for water resource management.
By downscaling global climate models, Alex can provide great detail about future changes in climate. Currently, a single data point within a global climate model can cover a large area. This can miss a large amount of variety in within the landscape.
In terms of outreach, Alex is reaching out to the UCLA community, stakeholders, and the public. At UCLA, he is giving a special lecture on climate change in California and the Sierra Nevada. This will include recent, high-resolution projections of how climate change will affect these areas. This will be supplemented by workshops held by the Center for Climate Change Solutions to engage UCLA faculty and water resource managers. The goal of these workshops will be to identify stakeholder needs and opportunities to collaborate. Alex will meet with stakeholders in Northern California to discuss the results of his downscaling approach in the Sierra Nevada.
In order to engage the public, Alex will work with UCLA Media Relations to create ten short videos explaining important concepts in climate science, including the effect of climate change on California.