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New Study on Drought by MacDonald Lab

I was the lead author on a new study of California drought based on using lake sediment records from the Sierra Nevada to look at how past climate warming has impacted the Pacific Ocean and California hydroclimate. This work took many years and was a real team effort between the MacDonald Lab’s graduate students and post-docs and Professor Katrina Moser and her team from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Just like the stock market, past performance does not predict the future, but it can provide insights into what might occur with continued warming.   The article was published in Nature.com/Scientific Reports and is freely available to read and download at the Nature.com site – MacDonald, G. M., Moser, K.A., Bloom, A. M., Potito, A.P., Porinchu, D.F., Holmquist, J.R., Hughes, J. and Kremenetski, K.V. 2016. Prolonged California aridity linked to climate warming and Pacific sea surface temperature. Nature.Com/Sci. Rep. 6, 33325; http://www.nature.com/articles/srep33325 Below is the Abstract for the article – Abstract California has experienced a dry 21st century capped by severe drought from 2012 through …

KQED Article on Lake Mead and California’s Water

I was recently interviewed for a Water Deeply  article on what the falling levels of Lake Mead might mean to California in terms of water.  Clearly not a good situation in store for us here in Southern California if present trends continue. Here is the KQED Public Broadcasting Link  – http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/06/21/what-lake-meads-record-low-means-for-california/  

AAG Presidential Column – The End(s) of Geography?

July 1, 2016 AAG Presidential Column – The End(s) of Geography? news.aag.org/2016/07/the-ends-of-geography/ SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TWITTER #PresidentAAG Serving as your President is a singular honor, but also one that is more than a little daunting. My trepidation arises from three sources. First, with the honor of being elected President comes the responsibility to ably serve the aspirations of a wonderful, but large and highly diverse membership. Second, our past Presidents have set a very high bar of achievements against which new incumbents are sure to be measured. These are big shoes to fill. So, before I move on to my third point, allow me to thank the Members of the AAG for their confidence. I also thank our immediate past Presidents Sarah Bednarz, Mona Domash and Julie Winkler for the inspiration and warm friendship they have provided. In the end, all I can promise is that I will do my very best to serve all our Members and further the legacy of our past Presidents. What I would ask in return is that you …

Glen MacDonald to Speak on Drought at UC Irvine

Some Wider Perspectives on the Current California Drought Presented by Glen M. MacDonald, Ph.D. John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography, Director of the White Mountain Research Center and Distinguished Professor, UCLA Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lecture Light lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Location: UCI University Club Library (directions). The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free of charge in the University Club lot. This event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends on Facebook. RSVP TODAY, or fill out the form below. Abstract The 2011-Present drought has demonstrated California’s vulnerabilities in current water resource infrastructure to cope with long-term aridity such as experienced over the past 5 years.  Not only has surface water infrastructure been insufficient, but the limitations of shifting to the consumption of more groundwater, particularly in the Central Valley, has been shown to be a poor strategy going forward into the 21st century. Analysis of instrumental and paleo hydroclimatic records indicates that the precipitation deficit of this drought is not exceptional, but the coupling of …

Drowning World – Photographic Arts and Climate Change Science at UCLA

Join us at UCLA on Thurs. May 12th for a blending of arts and sciences regarding climate change – Drowning World – Thursday, May 12, 2016 • 1-3 PM • UCLA Glorya Kaufman Hall 200 D r o w n i n g W o r l d Presentation by Award-Winning Photojournalist Gideon Mendel Followed by “The Art of Teaching Climate Change” Roundtable Glen MacDonald, John Muir Memorial Chair and Distinguished Professor of Geography, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Katharine Davis Reich, Environmental educator, UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor of Information Studies Anurima Banerji (Co-moderator). Assistant Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance David Gere (Co-moderator), Professor, World Arts and Cultures/Dance; Director of the UCLA Art & Global Health Center Over the past three years this London-based South African photographer has traveled to flood events in the UK, India, Pakistan, Australia, Thailand, Nigeria, Germany, The Philippines, Brazil, Bangladesh, and the United States. At each location he outfits himself in waders and submerges himself into the floodwaters to connect with victims and document …

Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

I was surprised and elated to receive word that I was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This organization was established in 1790 and has had a stellar membership ranging from Washington and Franklin and many other majors American figures. It has also included foreign figures such as Gladstone and Churchill. It also has included American and foreign musicians, artists and poets ranging from Tennyson and Kipling to B.B. King!   I will travel to Cambridge, Mass in October for the Induction. UCLA News on Election About the American Academy of Arts and Sciences