Archives: weather patterns

Fog Into Water: Dr. Dan Fernandez-PW020

If you live in London or San Francisco, a constantly renewing source of water hovers all around you: Fog. Planet Watch interviews  California State University Monterey Bay scientist Dr. Dan Fernandez about his work capturing moisture from fog and how that research may someday allow all of us to have water making machines in our • Read More »


Singing Scientist Dr. Peter Weiss & Live from Washington DC Science March – PW015

 The “Singing Scientist” Dr. Peter Weiss, an atmospheric chemist from the University of California, Santa Cruz, speaks about fog, mercury in the soil, and his role as a science educator. Also, Joe Jordan reports live from the Washington D.C. Science March. Dr. Weiss’ research interests include sea-air transfer of methylated mercury and impacts on coastal • Read More »


City Climate Action Coordinator: Tiffany Wise-West of Santa Cruz, California – PW012

Climate Action Coordinator for the city of Santa Cruz, California – Dr. Tiffany Wise-West discusses the city’s Climate Action Plan and the process of preparing for sea level rise. She explains the distinctions between climate mitigation and adaptation and describes the city’s  first sea level rise vulnerability and social vulnerability assessments, in which her team • Read More »


Adapting to Climate Change: Water & Ecosystems-PW006

On today’s show, two scientists talk about ecosystems and water resources in a changing planet. University of California Santa Cruz evolutionary biologist, Professor Erika Zavaleta discusses her work on ecosystems and how they adapt to extreme changes in climate. UCSC marine scientist Dr. Adina Paytan tells about the Oroville dam failure and shares other unfolding • Read More »


Climate Change: Impact on Plants – PW005

Plants and Climate Change: How will plants survive the wide swings in climate that are expected in the next century? To understand how short-term weather patterns, altered atmospheric composition, and climate change drive plant physiology, the structure of biological communities, and ecosystem processes, join Dr. Michael Loik, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of • Read More »