UCAR Annual Meetings - 8 - 11 October 2007, Boulder, CO

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University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis has been a UCAR member since 1983.  They have a strong degree program, granting BS, MS, and PhD degrees in atmospheric science. Graduate degrees are conferred by the Atmospheric Science Graduate Group that has 23 faculty members from five different departments.  About half of the ASSG faculty are in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources.  Over the past five years, nine M.S. and six Ph.D.s have been granted.  There are currently 23 students working on M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.  There is also a hydrology graduate degree program at UC Davis. 

The research activities of the ASSG are clustered into four areas: Air Quality, Biometeorology and Micrometeorology, Boundary-layer and Mesoscale Meteorology, and Large-scale and Climate Dynamics.  The faculty and students are active in research and publication and have made significant contributions in these areas.  Extensive instrumentation is available for studies of surface layer and atmospheric boundary-layer phenomena and air pollutants.  There is a field research area with 75 acres of irrigated, farmable land that contains lysimeters and instrumented movable towers for microclimate studies.  UC Davis developed a statewide project entitled California Irrigation Management Information system which utilizes a number of sites across the state for applied research.  UC Davis is a monitoring site for UV radiation and a NOAA climatological benchmark station.  These measurements support field studies throughout the campus.  The program maintains a wet chemistry laboratory equipped for studies of atmospheric chemistry and photochemistry. 

In addition to the above activities, there is an Air Quality Research Center that brings together researchers studying various topics such as urban and regional smog, air quality, global climate change, health and environmental effects, and intermedia transfers.  One of the campus’s new activities in this Center is the EPA-funded San Joaquin Valley Aerosol Health Effects Research Center.  The John Muir Institute for the Environment is another unit at UC Davis that provides campus-wide leadership to solve real-world environmental problems.

Their faculty have been actively involved in UCAR activities.  In addition to their two UCAR member representatives, one of their faculty has served on the UCAR Membership Committee.  Participation in UCAR activities includes collaborations by faculty on joint research, faculty attendance and lecturing at WRF workshops and tutorials, participation in field programs supported by UCAR field facilities, including in flights by the RAF, supercomputer use, planning at NCAR of future field efforts, several month-long visits to NCAR, use of the CCSM and participation in related meetings and workshops.

The UCAR Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members’ representatives that the membership of the University of California, Davis be continued as provided by the bylaws.