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GHG Emissions Reduction 83
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others 89

This site represents only a subset of projects. Please see agency publications for official budget figures.

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. AMAX-DOAS Trace Gas Column Observations from Research Aircraft Over California
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with NOAA
    Principal Investigator(s): Ranier Volkamer (University of Colorado, Boulder)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $549,999
    This is part of the CalNEX suite of projects. Objectives include both SIP support and climate change. Results will be of immediate use to support PM2.5 attainment strategies as well as clarify the role of SOA in climate change. Vertically resolved measurements of aerosols will refine our understanding of particles' climate forcing impacts, since these impacts are altitude dependent and include, e.g., interaction between clouds and particles.

  2. Assessment of Baseline N2O Emissions in California Cropping Systems
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with CEC, CDFA
    Principal Investigator(s): William Horvath (University of California, Davis)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $300,000
    Results address an Early Action item and will help establish baseline N2O emissions from fertilizer application. The project will monitor N2O fluxes from California's major cropping systems and develop California-specific N2O emissions factors based on the field measured emissions data.

  3. Assessment of Baseline Nitrous Oxide Emissions in California's Dairy Systems
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with CEC, CDFA
    Principal Investigator(s): William Horvath (University of California, Davis)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $82,000
    This research fills a gap in ongoing work (CEC, ARB, CDFA) to measure emissions from cropping systems receiving synthetic fertilizers by bringing organically fertilized crops into the portfolio.

  4. 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
    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.

  5. California Bat Conservation Plan
    Lead Agency: CDFG in collaboration with UC Berkeley
    Principal Investigator(s): Scott Osborn (CDFG)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $490,000
    Published/Product: Peer-reviewed report with specific recommendations by species, ecoregion, and conservation issue.
    Develop a state-wide conservation plan for all bat species in California. Final report will include climate change considerations where identified.

  6. California Fish Species of Special Concern: Status, effects of climate change, management recommendations, GIS maps, and digital library
    Lead Agency: CDFG
    Principal Investigator(s): Kevin Shaffer Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $120,621
    Published/Product: Publication, models, online database
    Update Fish Species of Special Concern with Climate Change Considerations

  7. California Reptile and Amphibian Species of Special Concern: Effects of Climate Change
    Lead Agency: CDFG
    Principal Investigator(s): Betsy Bolster Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $96,000
    Published/Product: Publication, models, online database
    Update Reptile/Amphibian Species of Special Concern for Climate Change Considerations

  8. Carbon Sequestration under Different Silvicultural Regimes
    Lead Agency: Cal Fire in collaboration with CDF LaTour State Forest
    Principal Investigator(s): Helge Eng/ Tim Robards (CDF LaTour State Forest)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $130,000
    Published/Product: Peer-reviewed research paper
    To develop better knwledge about the ability of different silvicultural methods to increase forest biomass and associated ability to sequester carbon.

  9. Caspar Creek Watershed Study
    Lead Agency: Cal Fire in collaboration with USFS-PSW
    Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Thomas Lisle Tlisle@Fs.Fed.Us (USFS-PSW)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $260,000
    Published/Product: 100-year Memorandum of Understanding between State and USFS-PSW; Proceedings of Symposium on Caspar Creek findings (May 1998)
    The long term record of climate data and runoff is an obvious basis for a role as a climate sentinel and Caspar Creek is recognized as having a key location on a north-south gradient on the West Coast. Research conducted on the effects of changes in vegetation on hydrology is very relevant to climate change. The project is part of the Forest Service Experimental Forest Synthesis Network Group and climate monitoring will occur with International Climate Program Level II standard equipment.

  10. CEC Advanced Generation Research
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $73,319,782
    Under the Energy Research and Development Division of the Energy Commission, ETSI Research Area takes an interdisciplinary systems approach to support the development of innovative energy solutions for improving and expanding the operation of the California grid. ETSI considers both the business and the technical needs of all utility rate payers with the goal of providing environmentally sound, safe, reliable, and affordable energy services and products. The top priority of ETSI is the successful integration and efficient operation of all the elements that encompass the California grid. ETSI focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the research cycle, documenting requirements, and then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete research problem. ETSI contracts engineers and scientific researchers into a collaborative team that works within a structured research, development, and demonstration process. This process takes a project from concept to production then to commercial operation. Combined heat and power (CHP) refers to the simultaneous generation of electricity or mechanical power and useful thermal energy for heating and/or cooling applications, from a single fuel source. Other terms used for CHP include cogeneration and combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP), a term used to emphasize the low temperature application of the system such as for chilling or air conditioning. Cogeneration facilities offer potentially significant improvements in energy efficiency relative to separate systems of generating power and heat. CHP can operate at efficiency levels reported as high as 80 percent, as compared with a typical combined efficiency of 45 percent from separate production of heat and power. CHP also reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improves reliability, power quality, economic viability, and competitiveness of power generation.

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