Heat waves

UCI study finds dramatic increase in concurrent droughts, heat waves

Researchers use unique statistical analysis to identify dual climate threat

Amir AghaKouchak

Hydrological hat trick

UCI water and drought expert Amir AghaKouchak gets work published in three major journals within two weeks


Hot, dry and human-caused

UCI and other scientists say Californians must learn to live within the state’s new climate

Peter Bowler

How dry we are

Already a leader in water conservation, UCI combats drought by going after every drop

World map of aquifer depletion

A third of the world’s biggest groundwater basins are in distress

Irvine, Calif., June 16, 2015 – Two new studies led by UC Irvine using data from NASA Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites show that human consumption is rapidly draining some of its largest groundwater basins, yet there is little to no accurate data about how much water remains in them. The result is that significant […]

Silvia Gonzalez and Andrew Mehring

Drought advice from Down Under

California could learn a thing or two from Melbourne, Australia, which halved water use during a decade-plus dry spell with no new rate hikes

A dried-up pond at the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve near UC Irvine

Blueprint for a thirsty world from Down Under

The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions around the world, according to findings by UC Irvine and Australian researchers.

State water officials, researchers provide latest drought data, strategies

EVENT: Four top experts on California’s increasingly scarce water resources will present the latest precipitation and supply data for the state, including southern coastal and desert areas and the Colorado River basin. State climatologist Michael Anderson, Department of Water Resources Interstate Resources Manager Jeanine Jones, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Martin Hoerling, and Water […]

Sarah Kimball gathers samples

National conference opens flow of ideas on drought

Top researchers, public officials and policymakers converge at UCI to discuss extreme water shortages and how to handle them

Leading scientists and policymakers to discuss California drought research and response

EVENT: What’s really causing California’s epic drought? Is it linked to climate change or not? How are urban water managers responding to mandatory rationing, and are the restrictions enough? Do we have adequate prediction and monitoring tools, and how can they be improved? How is the drought affecting wildlife and ecosystems? Top researchers, water managers […]