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Count for all projects in 2017

Impact and Adaptation Studies 160
Regional Climate Analysis and Modeling 88
GHG Emissions Reduction 83
GHG Inventory Methods 61
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.

To find out more about these projects, please click here to obtain contact information for representatives from different state agencies.

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  1. Assessment of Residential Natural Gas Emissions
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Marc Fischer (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
    Year finished: 2017, Budget: $500,000
    This is the first study designed to estimate the magnitude of residential methane leakage. Since results indicate that leakage from residential (and perhaps commercial buildings) may constitute a non-trivial fraction of California's natural gas-related methane emissions to the atmosphere, additional research is needed. A systematic study that quantifies leakage from residential structures in California including both single and multi-family buildings across potentially relevant explanatory factors (e.g., geographic region, size, age of construction, assessed value, and owner occupied vs. rental classes) will greatly reduce uncertainty in this area.

  2. High Resolution Measurement of Levee Subsidence Related to Natural Gas Infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Ben Brooks (U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center)
    Year finished: 2017, Budget: $325,000
    Published/Product: 500-14-001
    This agreement will deliver measurements of Delta Island levee system subsidence in the areas of the Delta’s energy infrastructure with an appropriate level of spatial and temporal resolution to support vulnerability mapping as well as estimates of when key levees are likely to fail to meet protective standards, taking into account updates of sea level rise scenarios. These measurements will substantially improve on prior work, which reveals significant subsidence in the Delta Island levee system but does not offer sufficient detail to assess and safeguard against risks to the natural gas system. Although State-sponsored research has made significant strides in investigating the impacts of climate change on the energy system, to date most of this research has focused on the electricity system.


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