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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. Aircraft Measurement of the Impacts of Pollution Aerosols on Clouds and Precipitation Over the Sierra Nevada
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with DWR
    Principal Investigator(s): Daniel Rosenfeld (Woodley Weather Consultants)
    Year finished: 2008, Budget: $205,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2008-015
    Notes
    Reports on field studies using two research aircraft to determine how aerosols are affecting precipitation levels


  2. AIR MOVEMENT AS AN ENERGY EFFICIENT MEANS TOWARD OCCUPANT COMFORT
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCB
    Principal Investigator(s): Edward Arens (UCB)
    Year finished: 2011, Budget: $170,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65024
    Notes
    (1) Contractor (principal investigators) would use advanced personal environmental control system (PEC) instruments (such as fans/misters) and equipment available to the contractor through Center for Built Environment (CBE) and thermal manikins and anemometers to arrive at optimum air movements and cooling effects. With these PEC systems in place, assess the physiological consequences of having the building temperature set point higher during the warmer seasons, (2) Using human subjects and selected PEC instruments, characterize exposure to higher temperature set points and personal human subject use of PEC in a controlled environment chamber. Assuring human subject satisfaction, experiment with optimum energy savings and highest central temperature set point, (3) For example buildings in southern and northern California, simulate the energy saving potential of shifting the building operation strategy from strict temperature conditioning to higher indoor temperatures and increased air movement, and (4) In collaboration with industry, suggest efficient PEC prototypes that are either stand alone devices or integrated into architecture systems.


  3. Air Quality Impacts of Low Vapor Pressure-Volatile Organic Compounds
    Lead Agency: selectAg
    Principal Investigator(s): David Cocker (UCR)
    Year finished: 2013
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65197
    Notes
    The objective of this project is to investigate the emissions of low vapor pressure volatile organic compounds from consumer products and their impacts on air quality. It is designed to evaluate the evaporation flux, and therefore atmospheric availability, of specific LVP-VOCs both as pure compounds and in consumer products sold in California. The project will also evaluate the ozone and secondary particle formation of these compounds once they enter the atmosphere using a state-of-the-science environmental chamber.


  4. 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
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64848
    Notes
    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.


  5. Anaerobic Digester Technology Evaluation
    Lead Agency: Cal Recycle
    Principal Investigator(s): Ruihong Zhang (UC Davis)
    Year finished: 2007, Budget: $120,000
    Published/Product: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Publications/default.asp?pubid=1356
    Notes
    Conducted research to analyze the rotary drum reactor (RDR) process for breaking down municipal solid waste and separating biodegradable organic material from nonorganic material when the solid waste is used as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion. Published Integration of Rotary Drum Reactor and Anaerobic Digestion Technologies for Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste. The report evaluates the rotary drum reactor in combination with anaerobic digestion to produce energy, compost, and increase waste diversion.


  6. Analysis of Climate Effects on Agriculture Systems
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Andrew Paul Et Al (UC Berkeley)
    Year finished: 2005, Budget: $25,263
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2005-188-SF
    Notes
    This report, an analysis of climate effects on agicultural systems, is a supplemental report to the main PIER-funded report that is an attachment to the Climate Action Team Report to the Governor and Legislature.


  7. Analyzing the Economic Benefits and Costs of Smart Growth Strategies
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Daniel Chatman (UCB)
    Year finished: 2012, Budget: $330,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65103
    Notes
    This study will provide information to help local governments better evaluate the potential economic impacts of smart growth policies, plans and projects. Existing examples of such analysis are limited. The goal of the proposed research is to develop and systematically apply a complete, objective, and reliable framework of benefit-cost analysis, including both financial and non-financial metrics, to a series of smart growth case studies specific to California. Results will assist local agencies’ decisions in the land use and transportation planning process and development of sustainable communities strategies needed to meet the goals of SB 375.


  8. ANALYZING THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS AND COSTS OF SMART GROWTH STRATEGIES
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCB
    Principal Investigator(s): Daniel Chatman (UCB)
    Year finished: 2012, Budget: $330,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65103
    Notes
    THE PROPOSED RESEARCH WOULD PROVIDE INFORMATION TO ASSIST LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS TO IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES STRATEGIES DEVELOPED UNDER SB 375. THE PROJECT WOULD IDENTIFY AND QUANTIFY ECONOMIC BENEFITS AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC SMART GROWTH STRATEGIES, INCLUDING IMPACTS ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, COMMUNITIES, AND INDIVIDUALS. THE FOLLOWING STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO ACHIEVE PROJECT GOALS: A. DEFINE SMART GROWTH STRATEGIES. CONDUCT FOCUSED REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE THAT IDENTIFIES AND QUANTIFIES RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SMART GROWTH STRATEGIES AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS. IDENTIFY VALID, PORTABLE METHODS OF ASSESSING THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF SPECIFIC SMART GROWTH STRATEGIES. B. IN INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL LAND-USE AND TRANSPORTATION POLICY-MAKERS AND OTHER DOMAIN EXPERTS, IDENTIFY KEY SMART GROWTH IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES, DATA SOURCES FOR BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS, AND CRITERIA FOR CASE STUDY SELECTION. WITH ARB APPROVAL, SELECT CASES FOR STUDY. C. PERFORM 4-6 CASE STUDIES OF COMPLETED SMART GROWTH PROJECTS IN CALIFORNIA, PROVIDING QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF BENEFITS AND COSTS, INCLUDING BOTH MARKET GOODS AND NON-MARKET GOODS, (SUCH AS ENVIRONMENTAL CO-BENEFITS). SOME CASE STUDIES MAY EVALUATE POTENTIAL APPROACHES TO MITIGATION DESIGNED TO MAXIMIZE BENEFITS BY INCENTIVIZING KEY ACTORS. INVESTIGATORS WILL ANALYZE CASES WITH THE WIDEST POSSIBLE APPLICABILITY TO CALIFORNIA’S LOCAL GOVERNMENT DECISION-MAKERS. D. PRODUCE AND PRESENT A FINAL REPORT ON RESEARCH FINDINGS AND METHODS. THE FINAL REPORT WILL DRAW ON INTERMEDIATE DELIVERABLES AND WILL ASSIST ARB AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO SUCCESSFULLY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (“SMART GROWTH”) STRATEGIES BY IDENTIFYING THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH SMART GROWTH STRATEGIES ARE LIKELY TO HAVE NET BENEFITS, AND THE LESSONS OF THEIR IMPLEMENTATION.


  9. An Analysis of Simulated California Climate Using Multiple Dynamical and Statistical Techniques
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CAT, Resources
    Principal Investigator(s): Norm Miller, Lisa Sloan, Kanamitsu, And Phil Duffy (LBNL, UC Santa Cruz, Scripps, and LLNL)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $930,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-017-F
    Notes
    Enhances dynamic regional climate models and compares them with observation to discover any biases before these models are used to develop probabilistic climate projections for CA


  10. An Assessment of Impacts of Future C02 and Climate on Agriculture
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Dennis Baldocchi Et Al (UC Berkeley)
    Year finished: 2005, Budget: $25,263
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2005-187-SD
    Notes
    This report, an assessment of future CO2 and climate impacts on agriculture, is a supplemental report to the main PIER-funded report that is an attachment to the Climate Action Team Report to the Governor and Legislature.


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