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Count for all projects in 2009

Impact and Adaptation Studies 160
Regional Climate Analysis and Modeling 88
GHG Emissions Reduction 83
GHG Inventory Methods 61
others 89
481

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. Field Demonstration of a Prototype Super Boiler
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Dennis Chojnacki (Gas Technology Institute)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $553,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/apr/past/icat04-1.pdf
    Notes
    ICAT pays no more than half of total budget


  2. Guidance Document on How Anaerobic Digestion Fits Current Board Regulatory Structure
    Lead Agency: Cal Recycle
    Year finished: 2009
    Published/Product: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/publications/Organics/2009021.pdf
    Notes
    The document is intended to provide guidance on how CalRecycle's requirements apply to potential uses of anaerobic digestion. In addition a decision diagram has been created to assist project proponents in determining what type of authorization may be required for a project using anaerobic digestion.


  3. Inventory of Direct and Indirect GHG Emissions from Stationary Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Sources, with Special Emphasis on Retail Food Refrigeration and Unitary Air Conditioning
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Denis Clodic (ARMINES)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $225,060
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64666
    Notes
    The Purpose of The Proposed Research is to Generate a California Specific Equipment and Refrigerant Inventory and Evergy Use Data to Estimate The Following: 1) Past, Present, and Future Direct GHG Emissions and Banks From Defined Stationary RAC Systmes, 2) Current Indirect GHG Emissions From Retail Food Systems, and Emissions Reductions associated With Energy Saving Strategies, and 3) Future Direct and Indirect Emissions, as Well as Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP), From Advanced Design Retail Food Systems. Because of Their Importance in Terms of Direct Emissions, Energy Consumption, and Banked Refrigerant, Special Emphasis Will be Placed on Data Collection and Estimation of Emissions From : 1) Supermarket/Retail Food Refrigeration Systems, and 2) Unitary Air Conditioning (A/C) Systems.


  4. Laboratory Validation of Novel Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Techniques
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Tyler, Stanley (UC Irvine)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $81,427
    Published/Product: BOA-99-189-P
    Notes
    Research team at the University of California, Irvine will evaluate the measurements taken by GTI-GYRO. UC Irvine will test the meaurement precision and accuracy of the GTI laser system on isotopic carbon (13C/12C ratio) in methane (CH4) using the isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) methodology developed at UC Irvine. UC Irvine will collect air samples at the designate field site (Yolo County Landfill, Davis, California) chosen by GTI-GYRO during the time period in which the field portable GTI-GYRO instrument system will be in operation. The UC Irvine-collected air samples will be returned to their lab to be measured using IRMS methodology.


  5. Landfill-Based Anaerobic Digestion Compost
    Lead Agency: Cal Recycle
    Principal Investigator(s): Ramin Yazdani, P.E. (County of Yolo)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $200,000
    Published/Product: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Publications/default.asp?pubid=1354
    Notes
    Assessed the capabilities of a new landfill-based in-situ anaerobic digester technology designed to generate electricity, achieve emissions less than those of current aerobic composting technology, and be cost effective with California's tip fee structure.


  6. Liquified Natural Gas from Landfill Gas
    Lead Agency: Cal Recycle in collaboration with ARB, CEC, Local Air Districts
    (Gas Technology Institute)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $740,000
    Published/Product: Final report is not posted and is in pdf format.
    Notes
    CalRecycle's grant to the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) for a full scale demonstration landfill-gas-to-LNG project at the Altamont Landfill, Alameda County was completed. The plant purifies and liquefies landfill gas that Waste Management collects from the natural decomposition of organic waste in the landfill. The plant is designed to produce up to 13,000 gallons of LNG per day – enough to fuel 300 of Waste Management’s 485 LNG waste and recycling collection vehicles in twenty California communities. High Mountain Fuels received "Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program" (AB 118) funds for the development of a new state-of-the-art LNG production plant at the Simi Valley Landfill. The project will produce transportation fuel from renewable landfill gas using second generation purification and liquefaction technologies. The project will produce nearly 6 million gallons of renewable bio-LNG per year; displace 3.43 million gallons of diesel fuel per year; reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions by over 36,000 metric tons per year; create 299 jobs in construction, production, engineering, management, and transportation; provide near-zero carbon bio-LNG renewable fuel for up to 500 heavy-duty LNG trucks; and provide California with a source of locally produced, renewable fuel. The High Mountain Fuels project is continuing with completion anticipated in 2013.


  7. Long-Run Socioeconomic and Demographic Scenarios for California
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CAT
    Principal Investigator(s): Alan H. Sanstad, Hans Johnson, Noah Goldstein, Guido Franco (LBNL,PPIC,LLNL,CEC)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $145,455
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-013-F
    Notes
    This report describes socioeconomic storylines and key scenario elements for California that are broadly consistent with the global A2 and B1 storylines in the 2000 Special Report on Emissions Scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change.


  8. Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategies and Load-Based Cap Options in CA Electricity Sector
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Craig Ebert (ICF Consulting)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $249,360
    Notes
    THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO SELECT A CONTRACTOR WHO WILL ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOOLS AND PROVIDE THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT THAT WILL ENABLE THE CARB TO SIMULATE AND EVALUATE THE EFFECTS OF MULTISECTOR MARKET-BASED COMPLIANCE MECHANISMS DESIGNED TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN CA.


  9. Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Measures to Support the Implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32)
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Craig Ebert (ICF Consulting)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $399,718
    Notes
    THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO SELECT A CONTRACTOR WHO WILL ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOOLS AND PROVIDE THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT THAT WILL ENABLE THE CARB TO SIMULATE AND EVALUATE THE EFFECTS OF MULTISECTOR MARKET-BASED COMPLIANCE MECHANISMS DESIGNED TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN CA.


  10. Observation of Methane and other Non-Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Gas Emissions from California
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Fischer, Marc (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $660,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-096
    Notes
    Researchers will measure atmospheric concentrations of CH4 and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases and study the use of the data collected to verify the accuracy of estimated GHG emissions from in-state sources and determine if ambient measurements could be used to track in-state emissions. This will be the first time that researchers will investigate the feasibility of using ambient GHG measurements to track emissions at the regional or state level.


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