Climate Change Crisis
Faculty and Student Researchers Seek Solutions
From rising sea levels, devastating droughts, hurricanes and wildfires to increased amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the Earth’s climate is changing due to human activities.
As world leaders convene Dec. 2-13 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, Cal State Fullerton science faculty and student researchers are immersed in studies — impacts to land, sea and air— on climate change, a holistic term used to describe all components of the climate system, says Matthew E. Kirby, professor of geological sciences.
Joe Carlin, assistant professor of geological sciences, adds that climate change is a natural process that has occurred throughout Earth’s history. Some periods have been warmer and drier, while others have been cooler and wetter.
“The climate change we’re experiencing today has been caused, at least in part, by humans. Research like ours is important to establish a baseline for natural climate change that was not caused by humans, then we can compare it to climate change today — and ultimately, pinpoint the impact by humans, and how we may fix this situation.”
To learn more about how CSUF faculty members and students are joining the fight against climate change, continue reading about their research efforts as they search for answers:
- California’s Past Precipitation Tells Story of Climate Change Today
- Public Health Researcher Explores the Power, Promise of Environmentally Sustainable Planning
- Rising Seas Could Threaten the Survival of Coastal Seaweed
- A Tale of Feather Boa Kelp and Mussels on Two Coasts
- Coastal Wetlands Research Possible Solution to Combat Climate Change
- Tiny Aerosol Particles in the Atmosphere Could Pose Big Threat to Climate
- New Research Shows Microscopic Organisms in Gulf Limit Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming
- How Climate Change Is Affecting Investment Markets
- 'Cli-Fi' Literary Genre Puts a Human Face on Climate Change