Civil and environmental engineering

Tahoe State of the Lake Report 2022

The annual report from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center informs nonscientists about important factors affecting the health of Lake Tahoe and provides the scientific underpinnings for restoration and management decisions within the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Investigating Bridges Under Pressure

Scientists at the UC Davis Center for Geotechnical Modeling have compiled the most detailed experimental data yet seen on how liquefaction-induced downdrag can add to the structural load applied to a pile foundation during earthquake shaking.

How Mansions Can Intensify Wildfires

Michele Barbato, a professor of structural engineering and structural mechanics at the University of California at Davis, said the size of large suburban dwellings like the Coronado Pointe homes likely contributed to the extent of the destruction in climate-driven blazes.

A Conversation with Richard Corsi

After decades of researching indoor air quality, it’s not the publications and conference presentations that environmental engineer Richard L. Corsi considers his most impactful contributions. Instead, what stands out is an idea from late one summer night in 2020 that became Corsi-Rosenthal air filtration boxes.

New Ways to Detect COVID-19

Davis is developing a portable breathalyzer-like device that rapidly diagnoses COVID-19 and tells doctors how severe the case is going to be.

Paving the Way to Zero Emissions from Cement

In a new perspective article for the journal One Earth, Sabbie Miller, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis, Professor John Harvey, director of the Pavement Research Center at UC Davis and colleagues at ETH Zurich and Imperial College London break down the greenhouse emissions challenges facing the cement industry and present a strategy to get to zero emissions.