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The State of California has been supporting regional climate change research for more than a decade. These studies have complemented research at the national level and have been designed to inform climate policy deliberations and actions in California. This Research Catalog provides basic information about past and ongoing climate change related studies that state agencies have conducted or commissioned since the early 2000s. The purpose of this catalog is to document California’s research efforts and to facilitate the exchange of information.

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  1. BEHAVIORAL STRATEGIES TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN POTENTIAL AND ACTUAL SAVINGS IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCD
    Principal Investigator(s): Meier (UCD)
    Year finished: 2014, Budget: $134,981
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64851
    Notes
    IDENTIFY BEHAVIORAL, SOCIAL, AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIES THAT REDUCE ENERGY USE AND GHG EMISSIONS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS; AND TO DEVELOP IMPROVED CONCEPTUAL MODELS OF HOW ENERGY AND COMFORT ARE MANAGED IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. RESEARCH RESULTS WILL PRODUCE STRATEGIES THAT THE STATE CAN IMPLEMENT TO GUIDE ENERGY POLICY, BEHAVIOR CHANGE INITIATIVES, TECHNOLOGY AND BUILDING DESIGN, AND ENERGY RESEARCH TO ACCOMMODATE THE REALITIES OF HOW BUILDINGS ARE ACTUALLY OPERATED AND HOW BUILDING OCCUPANTS ADAPT, OR CAN ADAPT, TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THE FOCUS OF THIS RESEARCH IS ON EXISTING BUILDINGS AS THEY CURRENTLY OPERATE IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR, WHICH HAS RECEIVED RELATIVELY LITTLE ATTENTION COMPARED TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND NEW BUILDING DESIGN. RESEARCH RESULTS WILL ALSO BE USEFUL TO INFORM NEW BUILDING DESIGN AND RETROFITS.


  2. Benefits of High Efficiency Filtration to Children with Asthma
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Deborah Bennett (UCD)
    Year finished: 2012
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65101
    Notes
    The specific objectives of the study are to: 1. Determine the extent to which the use of high efficiency in-duct filtration and high efficiency portable air cleaners in homes of children with moderate to severe asthma reduce their indoor exposures to ambient and indoor PM, UFP, and ozone. 2. Determine the extent to which the use of high efficiency in-duct filtration and high efficiency portable air cleaners in their homes reduces the children’s asthma symptoms, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, use of rescue inhalers, missed school days due to asthma, and other measures of asthma reduction. 3. In the course of obtaining data to meet the above objectives, measure the current indoor, outdoor and personal exposures of children with asthma to PM, UFP and ozone.


  3. Black Carbon and the Regional Climate of California
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): V. Ramanathan (University of California, San Diego, Scripps Instit. of Oceanography)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $796,403
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64841
    Notes
    Research results will link combustion emissions of black carbon (BC) to climate impacts in California through an approach that includes observations, data analysis, and modeling. Specifically, the investigators will: 1- create an integrated observational data set of BC regional properties including time series of concentrations and composition, vertical profiles, mixing state, and deposition on snow; 2- estimate the three-dimensional structure of the radiative forcing of BC and other aerosols; and 3- estimate the impact on climate change and climate feedbacks, using a regional climate model.


  4. Buena Vista Lagoon Restoration
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Lissner, Andrew L (SAIC/Terra Costa Consulting Inc.)
    Year finished: 2008, Budget: $25,000
    Published/Product: www.buenavistalagoon.org
    Notes
    Provide descriptions of sea level fluctuations and best estimates of future mean sea level rise scenarios needed for planning and modeling engineering lagoon restoration alternatives.


  5. CALIBRATING, VALIDATING, AND IMPLEMENTING PROCESS MODELS FOR CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UNH
    Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Changsheng Li (UNH)
    Year finished: 2011, Budget: $249,688
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65025
    Notes
    THIS PROJECT WILL SIMULATE NITROUS OXIDE (N2O) AND METHANE (CH4) EMISSIONS FROM AGRICULTURAL SOILS USING GEOCHEMICAL MODELING BASED ON CALIFORNIA SPECIFIC SOIL, CROP, METEOROLOGICAL, AND MANAGEMENT CONDITIONS. THE CONTRACTOR WILL DEVELOP SPATIAL AND AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT DATA, LINK THESE DATA WITH GEOCHEMICAL PROCESS MODELS FOR AGRICULTURAL N2O AND CH4 EMISSION ESTIMATION, AND TRANSFER THIS INFORMATION TO ARB FOR ITS FUTURE USE OF EMISSION AND MITIGATION ASSESSMENT.


  6. Cardiovascular Effects of Multipollutant Exposure: Mechanisms and Interactions
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Michael Kleinman (UCI)
    Year finished: 2013
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65184
    Notes
    The objective of this study is to investigate the atherosclerotic potential of ambient PM2.5 from the Irvine, California area. Both intact particles and particles denuded of the semi volatile constituents of PM2.5 will be used with and without concurrent exposure to ozone in a mouse model of atherosclerosis. The principal goals are to elucidate the role of the semi-volatile components of PM2.5 and ozone in the progression of atherosclerosis, and the extent to which concomitant ozone exposure interacts with disease progression.


  7. CHARACTERIZATION OF AMBIENT AEROSOL SOURCES AND PROCESSED DURING CALNEX 2010 WITH AEROSOL MASS SPECTROMETRY
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with U of Colorado
    Principal Investigator(s): Jose-Luis Jimenez (U OF COLORADO)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $258,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64839
    Notes
    THE PROPOSED RESEARCH IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE CALNEX 2010 STUDY, A MAJOR FIELD CAMPAIGN PLANNED BY ARB AND NOAA THAT WILL IMPROVE THE UNDERSTANDING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SOURCES AND PROCESSING OF ORGANIC AEROSOLS IN THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN (SOCAB) OF CALIFORNIA. THE PROPOSED OBJECTIVE WILL BE ACHIEVED THROUGH HE DEPLOYMENT OF A HIGH-RESOLUTION AMS AND AUXILIARY INSTRUMENTATION AT A GROUND-BASED SUPER SITE IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA DURING THE CALNEX 2010 FIELD STUDY AND THE SUBSEQUENT DATA ANALYSIS. THE PROPOSED MEASUREMENTS WILL PROVIDE USEFUL CONSTRAINTS ON THESE MODELS IN THE FORM OF CONCENTRATIONS OF SEMI-VOLATILE SPECIES (AND OXYGENATED CARBON COMPOUNDS) AND POTENTIAL SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOLS.


  8. Characterization of PM2.5 Episodes in the San Joaquin Valley Based on Data Collected During the NASA DISCOVER-AQ Study in the Winter of 2013
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Christopher D. Cappa (UCD)
    Year finished: 2014, Budget: $200,000
    Notes
    The objective of this project is to conduct advanced analysis of aircraft and supersite measurements made during DISCOVER-AQ with the goal of improving the conceptual model of the origin, evolution, and spatial distribution of PM2.5 in the SJV. In addition, the researchers will work with ARB modeling staff on photochemical modeling of two PM2.5 episodes. Comparison of the data analysis results with ARB’s modeling will help identify any deficiencies in the modeling and conceptual model of PM episode formation in the SJV.


  9. CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY IN THE SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCB
    Principal Investigator(s): Allen Goldstein $ Ronald Cohen (UCB)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $1,095,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64836
    Notes
    SIX RESEARCH GROUPS WILL MAKE DETAILED AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MEASUREMENTS FOR SIX WEEKS AT A MONITORING SITE IN THE SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. MEASUREMENTS WILL BE VALIDATED AND INCORPORATED INTO A DATABASE. RESULTS COULD RESULT IN POTENTIAL REFINEMENTS TO THE CURRENT EMISSION INVENTORIES OF VOC AND NOx AND TO THE CHEMICAL MECHANISMS USED IN AIR QUALITY MODELS.


  10. Characterizing A/C Refrigerant Emissions from Heavy-Duty On and Off Road Vehicles in California
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Rick Baker (Eastern Research Group)
    Year finished: 2010, Budget: $148,513
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64773
    Notes
    INVESTIGATORS WILL DEVELOP AN INVENTORY OF REFRIGERANT EMISSIONS FROM THE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS OF ON AND OFF ROAD MOTOR VEHICLES OF ALL CLASSES, OTHER THAN LIGHT-DUTY VEHICLES (LDVs), IN CALIFORNIA. THIS STUDY WILL CHARACTERIZE THE AC TECHNOLOGIES USED IN THE VARIOUS VEHICLE CLASSES, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE TECHNOLOGIES CURRENTLY OR SOON TO BE USED IN NEW VEHICLES.


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