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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. Optimization of novel distributed energy networks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in CA
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Steve Schneider And Daniel Kammen (Stanford University and UC Berkeley)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $75,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2008-030
    Notes
    Investigates the potential for a network of combined and heat and power units to reduce GHG emissions


  2. Orbital Scythe Prototype
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Craig Witty (O-Sage Power Equipment, LLC)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $114,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/apr/past/icat05-3.pdf
    Notes
    ICAT pays no more than half of total budget


  3. Performance of the Northern California Water System Under Climate Change: INFORM as an adaptation tool
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Georgakakos, Konstantine (Hydrologic Research Center (HRC))
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $199,600
    Published/Product: 500-07-013
    Notes
    Ongoing research in the performance of the Northern California water system under climate change with an investigation into the use of probabilistic hydrologic forecast and decision support system that could reduce the negative effects of climate change on water is included. Report pending.


  4. Potential Effects of Climate Change on Residential Wildfire Risk in California
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CAT, CALFIRE
    Principal Investigator(s): B.P. Bryant, A.L. Westerling Year finished: 2009, Budget: $145,455
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-048-F
    Notes
    This study models the interaction of climate dependent wildfire risk and one spatially explicit population growth scenario in California to generate measures of changes in wildfire risk to residential property under different scenarios for future climate.


  5. Potential for Adaptation to Climate Change in an Agricultural Landscape in the Central Valley of California
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CAT, CDFA
    Principal Investigator(s): L. E. Jackson, F. Santos-Martin, A. D. Hollander, W. R. Horwath, R. E. Howitt, J. B. Kramer, A. T. O&Amp;#39;Geen, B. S. Orlove, J. W. Six, S. K. Sokolow, D. A. Sumner, T. P. Tomich, S. M. Wheeler Year finished: 2009, Budget: $145,455
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-044-F
    Notes
    This study looks at climate change scenarios and expected crop shifts, such as replacement of warm-season horticultural crops (for example, tomatoes) by hot-season crops (for example, melon and sweet potato). It is predicted that without explicit breeding programs, grains, walnuts, and almonds will decline or at very best, slightly increase. It looks at how greater crop diversification is possible in Yolo County and will likely increase adaptation to climate change.


  6. Potential Inundation Due to Rising Sea Levels in the San Francisco Bay Region
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CAT
    Principal Investigator(s): Noah Knowles (USGS)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $145,455
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-023-F
    Notes
    This study's purpose is to assess potential inundation associated with a continued acceleration of sea level rise. The highest resolution elevation data available were assembled and mosaicked to cover the land surfaces of the San Francisco bay region.


  7. Projections of Potential Flood Regime Changes in California
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CAT, DWR
    Principal Investigator(s): Michael Dettinger, Hugo Hidalgo, Tapah Das, Daniel Cayan, Noah Knowles Year finished: 2009, Budget: $145,455
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-050-F
    Notes
    This study looks at future characteristics of major storms, in particular pineapple express or atmospheric river storms. Global climate models indicate changes will occur mostly at the extremes: Years with many atmospheric river storms are predicted to become more frequent in most climate models analyzed, but the average number of such storms per year is found to have little change.


  8. Quantifying the Effect of Local Government Actions on Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT)
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Deborah Salon (UC Davis)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $125,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64861
    Notes
    SB 375 requires California regions to prepare Sustainable Community Strategies to identify a set of actions at the regional level to reduce transportation GHG emissions down to target levels. This will require a strong partnership between regional and local governments. A number of studies have been conducted to explore the relationship between travel behavior and government actions. Most of these studies are only able to provide some directional interpretation of their results such as whether a local government action would have a positive or negative effect on reducing VMT. This study is expected to actually quantify local government policy decisions and their effect on VMT as a function of the local context.


  9. Recent Increases in California Heat Waves: July 2006 and the Last Six Decades
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Alexander Gershunov, Daniel Cayan Year finished: 2009, Budget: $100,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2008-088
    Notes
    To describe the spatial extent, duration, and daytime and nighttime characteristics of heat waves in California, this study obtained temperature measurements from 95 weather stations around California and Nevada and performed a variety of statistical and mapping functions upon the data.


  10. Representing Groundwater In Water Management Models - Applications In California
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with DWR
    Principal Investigator(s): Julien Harou, Jay Lund Year finished: 2009, Budget: $145,455
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2008-092-REV
    Notes
    This report describes, implements, and compares options for representing groundwater in regional water resource system management models.


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