CITRIS PIs lead UC efforts to fight climate change

A group of researchers wearing hard hats, respirators and jumpsuits, stand in the engineering courtyard at UC Davis.

The University of California is at the forefront of research working to mitigate the effects of climate change, and CITRIS principal investigators (PIs) are leading the efforts.

UC Davis structural engineer Michele Barbato, faculty director of CITRIS Climate, is developing new ways to build affordable homes that can withstand most of what the planet throws their way.

Roger Bales, CITRIS PI and Distinguished Professor of Engineering at UC Merced, is coordinating Project Nexus, an initiative to construct solar panels over California’s 4,000 miles of canals to generate gigawatts of power and reduce evaporation.

Joshua Viers, campus director of CITRIS at UC Merced, is leading a collaborative effort to improve agricultural and environmental water resilience across the parched West through water banking, trading and improving data-driven management practices.

Junqiao Wu, a UC Berkeley materials science and engineering professor and CITRIS Foundry alum, led a study that created an all-season roof coating that keeps cool in the summer and warm in the winter without electricity or natural gas.

Photo Credit: Karen Higgins/UC Davis. Michele Barbato, second from left, with members of his research team.