Climate Change Discoveries Make Media Splash

Pictured are the scientists and researchers who were involved with RCCI.
Pictured are the scientists and researchers who were involved with RCCI.

You may have heard about the surprising discoveries of the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative (RCCI) program, which drew unprecedented media coverage yesterday. Did you see the coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times and the Marin Independent Journal, to name a few?

If you did, you know that yesterday was an amazing day at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, where the initial findings of the  RCCI program were released to an enthusiastic audience of 150 scientists, conservation partners and League board and staff during “The Past, Present, and Future of Redwoods: A Redwood Ecology and Climate Symposium.” Launched in 2009, the League’s RCCI program brought together leading experts from the University of California, Berkeley; Humboldt State University; the Marine Conservation Institute; and several other organizations to study past, present and future impacts of climate change on coast redwood and giant sequoia forests, and they were on hand yesterday to deliver their discoveries.

These discoveries mark a huge leap forward in our understanding of redwood forests, and include:

  • Ancient redwood forests store at least three times more carbon above ground than any other forests on Earth.
  • The most comprehensive tree-ring record for coast redwoods allows us see how different climate events, like droughts, fire and flooding, have affected redwoods’ growth.
  • Changing environmental conditions have triggered a growth increase in coast redwoods and giant sequoias.
  • California summers have warmed, but precipitation has remained highly variable and not decreased over recent decades.
  • RCCI scientists discovered the oldest known coast redwood, at 2,520 years old!

Want to find out more?

  • Download the 2013 RCCI research abstracts.
  • Watch clips of the scientists’ presentations on our YouTube channel.

Generous support helped to make this research possible, and the results will help us make informed decisions about how to protect and restore redwood forests as they face rapid climate change.

About the author

Deborah joined the League's staff in 2012 and served as the Associate Director of Development. She is now the Director of Gift Planning. She brings over a decade's worth of experience fundraising for conservation organizations in the Bay Area.

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2 Responses to “Climate Change Discoveries Make Media Splash”

  1. Nicole

    It’s heartwarming to know that I am not the only one who cares so much about the redwood ecosystem. Living in So. Cal for 20+ yrs. no one down here understands why I turn into a blubbering crybaby at the mere site of redwoods (and fern/moss..). I was talked out of becoming a botanists when in college by a botanist prof. My son is grown, now at age 50 I want nothing more than to be up north and dedicate the rest of my life to the redwoods, my true love. At this age I need advise from any of you. Should I go back to school? ie. Humbolt State? If I move back up I want to be a part of the good work being done. Are there jobs for someone like me? Please help w/ any comments. I love, love, love research and have 30+ yrs. experience in science. Thank you all for your dedication.

  2. Luke

    Where can the full articles be downloaded? After reading the abstracts, there are a few that I want to read in full.


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