UC Santa Cruz Joins University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: Enhancing Earth System Science Collaborations and Professional Development

UC Santa Cruz partners with consortium to enhance Earth system science programs

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

As a member of UCAR, UC Santa Cruz will have access to over 30 professional development opportunities. These opportunities range from internships that provide students with hands-on research experience alongside leading scientists to fellowships that support the next generation of Earth system scientists and potential careers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, one of the premier modeling centers involved in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

UCAR membership aligns with UC Santa Cruz’s recent strategic focus on climate change, sustainability, and resilience, as well as its goal of encouraging a diverse group of students to pursue careers in science. The application was led by the Earth & Planetary Sciences department with help from Ocean Sciences and Applied Mathematics. UC Santa Cruz’s representatives in UCAR are associate professors Claudie Beaulieu and Nicole Feldl.

Beaulieu expressed her excitement about this new opportunity: “It’s about time given the high-impact research and educational activities going on at UC Santa Cruz in Earth system science, including atmospheric science, climate science, hydrology, oceanography, biogeochemistry, and solar physics.” Meanwhile, Feldl expressed her enthusiasm for discussing Earth system predictability and the importance of making credible predictions about the climate we will experience in the future. She believes that UCAR plays a crucial role in coordinating research efforts in climate science.

This membership is an excellent opportunity for UCSC researchers to collaborate with other institutions across North America and expand their research capabilities. With access to cutting-edge technology and resources provided by UCAR, researchers can gain new insights into complex issues related to Earth system science.

Furthermore, this membership aligns perfectly with UCSC’s efforts towards addressing global challenges such as climate change and sustainable development. By becoming part of a larger network focused on these issues, UCSC can contribute more effectively to national and international efforts towards creating a better future for our planet.

Overall, this membership represents an exciting new chapter for UCSC’s research program in Earth system science. With access to professional development opportunities and collaboration with other institutions across North America, researchers at UCSC can continue pushing boundaries of knowledge in this rapidly evolving field.

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