California at Risk is a collaborative project to understand “late industrial” California through examination of ways interlaced scales (local to transnational and atmospheric) and systems (sociocultural, technical, eco-atmospheric, etc) together produce risks, vulnerabilities and governance challenges. The project launched Fall 2018 in association with a graduate seminar, “Ethnographic Methods,” taught in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology. Students were assigned to build PECE essays that present a preliminary project design and set of research materials ready for comment and possible use by other researchers. Each essay is focused on a particular problem, presenting research questions and material through which we can work to understand the problem in intersectional, late industrial terms. Working collectively, the project advances UCI Anthro’s commitment to our local context.