Professor Alex Hall talks wildfires and climate change with PBS Local

July 12, 2018
Wildfire scorches 25 acres near L.A.’s Griffith Observatory.

Alex Hall, UCLA atmospheric and oceanic professor, was featured on Sustaining California, a PBS Local series. During a recent episode titled, “SoCal Traffic Toll… & Wildfires and Climate Change”, Hall explains that fires are driven by dry and hot winds. When these winds increase in intensity, becoming hotter and drier, it leads to higher fire risk. Drawing from his research, Hall further describes how climate change contributes to dramatic shifts between extreme dry and extreme wet weather, which helps to create conditions conducive to more intense wildfires much like the blaze of fires that scorched many parts of Southern California this past winter.

View the full Sustaining California episode and watch for Alex Hall at the 14:30 mark.

Read more on Professor Alex Hall’s research.