Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a web application to help farmers and industry workers use drones and other uncrewed aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to generate the best possible data.
Typically, the primary indicator of a burgeoning wildfire in California is a plume of hazy, gray smoke wafting through the air, seen by satellites or cameras. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire, is alerted, and mitigation and containment efforts ensue.
Growing up in Norway, where 63,000 miles of coastline border the Norwegian Sea and 1,190 fjords guide waters further inland, new assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science Maike Sonnewald's connection to the ocean runs deep.
The New York Times spoke with Jeremy Munday, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis, to discuss the environmental and ecological impact of a new, ultra-white paint that can reflect 98 percent of sunlight.
When Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sabbie Miller was a child, she talked her parents into converting their avocado farm to organic production. Since joining the College of Engineering, she has founded two separate labs to study building materials: the Engineered Sustainable Infrastructure Materials and Structural Systems and the Resilient Infrastructure Materials laboratories.
Air travel now accounts for about 3% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, and the sector’s emissions are rising: Global air travel more than doubled from 2004 to 2019. This is literally a first-world problem — most people on Earth fly rarely, if ever. By some estimates, the 1% of humans who fly most often are responsible for half of all air travel emissions.
Just under a year after the College of Engineering and Dean Richard Corsi launched the Next Level research vision, on March 16 the college hosted the 2023 Next Level Research Showcase to highlight 2022's award recipients, including their advancements in research and lessons learned.
Two College of Engineering faculty members — Professor Michele Barbato and Associate Professor Jasquelin Peña, both of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering — were named Environmental Faculty Fellows for 2023 the UC Davis Institute of the Environment announced Thursday (Feb. 16).
Last month, Jay Lund, a Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis, wrapped up a lecture on California’s drought with a slide titled “Resistance is Futile.” It included a list of his predictions about the state’s water crisis, some of which bordered on apocalyptic. As climate change fuels extreme drought, heat and flooding, Lund explained, some of California’s native species will become unsustainable in the wild. Farmers, government agencies and environmental groups will continue to fight over dwindling water supplies.