A Measure of Concern


The intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), where the trade winds of the northern and southern hemispheres meet, is the world’s most important rainfall belt. New research suggests that a warming climate could lead to drier conditions in the margins of the zone, potentially exacerbating social tensions and possibly triggering mass migrations in the Neotropics, which include Central America.

Going Big with Marine Conservation

skipjack tuna fish

In the first days of 2020, the Pacific Ocean archipelago nation of Palau took the momentous step of protecting 80% — 500,000 square kilometers — of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from fishing. The move is at once a cultural tradition, a far-sighted strategy for future generations and an example of the level of conservation needed to protect ocean biodiversity and habitat.

Wildfires in a Warming World

Cave Fire image along mountain range

As illustrated by the many recent PG&E planned power outages, the wildfires that have ravaged California over the past decade are now beginning to affect the state in unexpected ways. Policymakers, professionals and scientists are working to develop new strategies to prevent and respond to wildfires. Among them is UC Santa Barbara Professor Charles Jones, who will take a comprehensive look at the issues affecting wildfires in a newly awarded $3.3 million project he will lead in 2020.

By the Numbers

books stacked in front of chalkboard

It used to be that a degree in statistics and probability led to a career as a statistician or an actuary — someone who makes a living measuring and managing risk and uncertainty. And while that’s still true, a whole host of other industries and fields are now clamoring for individuals with a background in statistics and applied mathematics.