Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine


Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.



Wed, 04/22/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis and Jack Brouwer are serving on the executive board of UCI's Solutions That Scale, a new interdisciplinary initiative among the schools of Physical Sciences, Engineering, ICS, and Social Ecology that aims to discover, translate, and enable scalable, data-driven solutions to the global problems of climate change and environmental degradation. The initiative brings together scientists and academics, policy makers, business leaders, and global citizens to identify and accelerate scalable solutions in the areas of energy, environmental management, and societal...
Wed, 04/22/2020
On Earth Day 2020, the United Nations launched a new environmental education program for the world’s 1.5 billion youth who are confined to their homes due to COVID-19.  Earth School — sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme and TED-Ed and supported by global organizations such as UNESCO, the National Geographic Society, and the World Wildlife Fund — include teaching modules developed and delivered by faculty from three UCI schools, including AirUCI faculty Steve Davis.      Along with Steve, UCI faculty involved in crafting...
Mon, 04/20/2020
UC Irvine's Department of Earth System Science was the first in the country established to study climate change and is still among the best in the world.  As of today, in the department's division of Atmospheric Chemistry, four of the five featured research groups are led by AirUCI faculty.  Professors Alex Guenther, Eric Saltzman, Saewung Kim, and Michael Prather are working in the ESS department to further understanding of the atmosphere's role in planetary systems as diverse as the oceans, the rainforests, and climate — in fact, on the atmosphere itself and the...
Wed, 04/15/2020
AirUCI faculty Jim Smith is an aerosol expert who studies how things like dust and water droplets behave in the air, and now he has taken on medical masks and their construction in this time of the coronavirus. With masks in such short supply that people are sewing their own, and with do-it-yourself mask-making videos emerging online, Jim has assembled a team of UCI researchers studying the best way to make these masks. They’ve already discovered that “things like bandanas – a common item people might use as a mask – are only effective at stopping the kinds of large...
Wed, 04/01/2020
AirUCI faculty Doug Tobias, chair of UCI's Chemistry Department, is lending his expertise in molecular modeling to a new research endeavor to blunt effects of the COVID-19 virus.  Prof. Rachel Martin is leading the team, comprised of several Chemistry faculty, who are applying their knowledge of cysteine proteases (proteins and enzymes) to come up with inhibitor strategies to block those enzymes in this new coronavirus.   Rachel explains that viruses don’t have many genes, so they need to be very efficient with their resources; that’s why they highjack mammalian...
Wed, 03/25/2020
AirUCI faculty Annmarie Carlton has released a public service announcement relating to COVID-19.  The nine-minute video does an excellent job of explaining the physics and mechanics of the virus' transmission and what blocks it.  Highly recommended for professionals and the public alike!  View the presentation
Tue, 03/24/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in a March 24th article in Newsweek Magazine on the effects of the response to the COVID virus on CO2 emissions worldwide.  "In recent years, we've emitted close to 500 tons of CO2 for every million dollars of global GDP, " says Steve. "If this ratio holds, a decline in world GDP can be expected to cause a proportional decrease in global CO2 emissions."   Read the article
Thu, 03/19/2020
In a March 19th article in Mother Jones, AirUCI faculty Annmarie Carlton is cited among those striving to fight the COVID virus or ease its effects. In working to create online instruction for her classes, she built a simplified model using Google Trends and air quality data that she thinks is able to predict the spread of the disease in places where there are no tests at all. She describes being torn between refining this model and continuing to create online content for her classes so her students can make their own models one day.  Read the article    
Mon, 03/16/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis has published a paper in the journal Nature Food which is generating quite a lot of interest.  He and his team have modeled the value of reductions in ozone pollution on Californian agriculture, both historically and projected into the future.  Ground ozone levels have a negative effect on yields, but past ozone reductions have improved yields of certain crops by as much as 20% although estimates of current damages are still $1 billion per year.  Using the results of this study, it is now possible to estimate potential region- and crop-specific...
Wed, 03/11/2020
A Reuters article dated March 11, 2020 discussed potential setbacks to global climate agreements due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the collapse in oil prices.  Historically, difficult financial times, such as the current shutdown of economies worldwide, have pushed environmental concerns aside in favor of economic growth.  AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted about his recent publication in the science journal Nature Communications.   The great recession's impact in the United States was particularly marked, with CO2 emissions falling 10% between 2007-2009, due to...