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Climate Applications Lab

Welcome to the Climate Applications Lab at UC Merced, headed byDr. Anthony L. Westerling. The main focus of our research is wildfire-vegetation-climate interactions, wildfire modeling, wildfire forecasting, impacts of climate change in wildfire and air quality, impacts of wildfire on the carbon budget and policy implications on regional to global scales.


About Dr. Westerling

Dr. Westerling has joint appointments in Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and in Geography in the Cognitive and Information Sciences unit of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at UC Merced. He is affiliated with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) and the Environmental Systems Graduate Group at UC Merced, and the Sierra Nevada Research Center of the USDA Forest Service.  He is currently a principal investigator in the California Applications Program and California Climate Change Center which is housed at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Anthony Westerling in Media

 Thomson Scientific: Fast-breaking paper in the Geosciences.

NPR Science Friday: Does Global Warming increase forest fires?

ABC News: What's fanning wildfires?



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