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UC Davis research may start in the laboratory or field, but its impacts are felt around the world. Whether it is national leadership in plug-in hybrid electric vehicle research, real-world demonstrations of new lighting technology or re-calculating livestock contributions to global warming — our research is making a difference and making headlines.

Research news

  • 8.19.14 — California has given away rights to far more water than it has

    California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, UC researchers reported.

  • 8.14.14 — State of the lake: High (tech) and dry at Tahoe

    Lowering a white disk off a boat and into Lake Tahoe’s blue waters was once the most widely used indicator of the lake’s clarity and health. Today, the Secchi disk is still an important tool, but 46 years after UC Davis first began continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe, an array of new technologies and computer models are helping scientists better understand what has proven to be a complex ecosystem.

  • 8.14.14 — Why the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle rollout may now succeed

    A convergence of factors is propelling a market rollout of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, according to a new study from the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. A key to hydrogen’s potential success is a new smart solution that clusters hydrogen fuel infrastructure in urban or regional networks, limiting initial costs and enabling an early market for the technology before committing to a full national deployment, suggests the study.

  • 7.15.14 — Drought impact study: California agriculture faces greatest water loss ever seen

    A new report from UC Davis shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those reserves like an unlimited savings account.

  • 6.18.14 — UC Davis and Dubai-based developer enter agreement to collaborate on sustainability research

    Diamond Developers, inspired by the energy-efficient West Village at UC Davis, is building its own sustainable city on the outskirts of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The company is collaborating with UC Davis to expand research and develop curricula related to sustainable communities.

  • 6.18.14 — Survey says: ‘California’s blackbird’ in sharp decline

    The population of California’s iconic tricolored blackbird has suffered a dramatic decline in the past six years, according to a new survey coordinated by UC Davis.

  • 6.2.14 — Failure to launch: California brown pelicans’ breeding rates dismal

    California brown pelicans’ breeding numbers are in drastic decline this year, according to an annual population survey led by a UC Davis professor emeritus. The low nesting rates this spring could indicate that an El Niño event could occur sooner than expected, or that other factors are imperiling the once-endangered species.

  • 5.29.14 — When eradicating invasive species threatens endangered species recovery

    Efforts to eradicate invasive species increasingly occur side by side with programs focused on recovery of endangered ones. But what should resource managers do when the eradication of an invasive species threatens an endangered species?

  • 5.19.14 — Scientists forecast economic impacts of the drought on Central Valley agriculture

    California’s drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year, and could cost the industry $1.7 billion and cause more than 14,500 workers to lose their jobs, according to preliminary results of a new study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

  • 5.12.14 — Gov. Brown to speak at May 19 climate change event

    The future impact of climate change on California’s agriculture and natural resources will be the focus of a May 19 forum in Sacramento, coordinated by the University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. Gov. Jerry Brown and UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will address the forum, titled “Climate Change: Challenges to California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources.”