LeRoy Westerling

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Associate Professor
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Effect of climate change on wildfires

Wildfires in the Western United States are getting not just more frequent, but more severe. And the reason for that, said Professor LeRoy Westerling, could be global warming.

Westerling`s analysis of 30 years' worth of data about wildfires indicates a subtle shift in temperature might have made snow melt more rapidly -- just enough to cause drier conditions during the fire season that make the land more vulnerable to frequent, severe fires.

Westerling specializes in applying statistical and economic expertise to engineering and environmental problems. He earned a Ph.D.in economics and international affairs from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000 and a bachelor`s degree in international economics and Chinese studies from UCLA in 1987.