UC Santa Cruz Partners with Consortium to Enhance Earth System Science Programs

UC Santa Cruz has recently joined the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a nonprofit consortium of 126 colleges and universities in North America focused on research and training in Earth system science. This membership allows UC Santa Cruz to be part of a network that includes almost all academic programs in Earth system science across the continent.

Being a member of UCAR provides UC Santa Cruz with numerous benefits, including access to over 30 professional development opportunities. These opportunities range from internships that provide students with research experience alongside leading scientists, to fellowships that support the next generation of Earth system scientists, and even potential careers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research – a premier modeling center involved in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The membership of UC Santa Cruz aligns well with its strategic plan for climate change, sustainability, and resilience, as well as its objective to inspire diverse students to pursue careers in science. Representing UC Santa Cruz in UCAR are associate professors Claudie Beaulieu from the Ocean Sciences department and Nicole Feldl from the Earth & Planetary Sciences department. These professors, along with assistance from the Ocean Sciences and Applied Mathematics departments, led the membership application process.

Beaulieu highlighted the importance of UC Santa Cruz joining UCAR, emphasizing the university’s impactful research and educational activities in Earth system science, including atmospheric science, climate science, hydrology, oceanography, biogeochemistry, and solar physics. Feldl expressed enthusiasm for the discussions surrounding Earth system predictability and stressed the urgency of making credible predictions about the future climate based on accurate observations. She also recognized UCAR’s role in promoting coordinated research efforts in climate science.

The membership of UCSC in UCAR opens up new opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing among researchers working on similar topics across North America. It also provides students with access to more resources and mentorship opportunities that can help them advance their careers in this field.

In conclusion, becoming a member of UCAR is an exciting opportunity for UCSC as it aligns well with its strategic plan for climate change and sustainability while providing numerous benefits such as professional development opportunities and access to a network of experts in Earth system science.

By Samantha Johnson

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