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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. ARE THERE ANY COUNTERACTING EFFECTS THAT REDUCE THE GLOBAL WARMING BENEFITS ATTRIBUTED TO DIESEL AND OTHER BLACK CARBON CONTROLS
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCSD
    Principal Investigator(s): Russell (UCSD)
    Year finished: 2010, Budget: $114,751
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64856
    Notes
    REDACTING BC EMISSIONS IS A VIABLE CONTROL STRATEGY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE PROTECTION THAT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AN IMMEDIATE AND REGIONAL IMPACT. POLICY MAKERS AND AIR QUALITY REGULATORS ARE SEEKING BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAGNITUDE AND IMPORTANCE OF THE BC RADIATIVE IMPACTS AND THE SUBSEQUENT CLIMATE RESPONSE IN ORDER TO BETTER ASSESS THE ROLE OF BS IN THE CONTROL PROGRAMS. THIS PROJECT WILL PROVIDE USEFUL NEW MEASUREMENTS AND ANALYSIS OF IMMEDIATE VALUE FOR UNDERSTANDING THE PATHWAYS BY WHICH BC MAY BE IMPORTANT IN CLIMATE CHANGE, AND WILL ENHANCE THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR POLICY.


  2. A Review of Land Use/ Land Cover and Agricultural Change Models
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Russell Jones (Stratus Consulting, Conservation International and UC Santa Barbara)
    Year finished: 2005, Budget: $198,926
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2005-056
    Notes
    Determine what models should be used to estimate future urban projections to study the effect of climate change and urbanization


  3. A Spatial Synoptic Classification Approach to Projected Heat Vulnerability in California Under Future Climate Change Scenarios
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Scott Sheridan (Kent State)
    Year finished: 2011, Budget: $191,553
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64809
    Notes
    This project builds on previous research regarding heat warning systems by Dr. Sheridan and Dr. Laurence Kalkstein.


  4. Assessing Bird and Mammal Species Vulnerability to Climate Change and Mapping Occurences and Distribution of those believed to be most vulnerable in California
    Lead Agency: CDFG
    Principal Investigator(s): Tom Lupo Year finished: pending, Budget: $118,000
    Published/Product: Publication, models, online database
    Notes
    Landscape Conservation Cooperative funding project with USFWS


  5. Assessing Impacts of Rangeland Management and Reforestation of Rangelands on Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Pilot Study for Shasta County
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): William Salas Et Al (University of California, Berkeley)
    Year finished: 2006, Budget: $304,311
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2006-108
    Notes
    This study utilizes spatially explicit GIS data on soils, climate, potential forest type, and current rangeland types and forest/rangeland management combined with two soil biogeochemical process models: Denitrification-Decomposition (DNDC) and Forest-DNDC.


  6. Assessing Long-term Dynamics of Bird Distributions in Relation to Climate Change: From Grinnell to Present
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Steve Beissinger (UC Berkeley)
    Year finished: 2011, Budget: $199,999
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2014-080
    Notes
    Certain renewable energy technologies, such as solar and wind, can use large areas of land and may have ecological impacts that must be mitgated, for example, setting aside other areas of similar ecological importance. Current analyses assume that historical distribution of species can inform the selection of the mitigation areas. However, climate change invalidates this assumption. For this reason, ecological impacts and mitigation efforts should consider how climate change will affect the distrubtion of flora and fauna. Scientists expect ranges of many species to shift dramatically with future climate change. Long‐term range shifts and species colonization and extinction (turnover) events are best understood by comparing historical surveys to modern surveys. The authors used mean annual temperature and annual precipitation data to test for effects of climate change and land use change over the last 100 years on the distribution patterns of 100 breeding bird species, primarily songbirds. Joseph Grinnell and colleagues first surveyed sites along a 1,000 km north‐south transect in the California Coast Ranges between 1911 and 1940. The authors resurveyed 70 of these sites for this project in 2009 and 2010. Occupancy models were used to estimate detectability and sitelevel measures of occupancy, colonization, and extinction between the two survey periods. With a better understanding of sensitivity of birds to climate change and land‐use, wildlife managers and energy industry planners will effectively know which indicators to consider when planning for the preservation of birds and locating power generation facilities. Advanced planning for conservation areas will help energy providers site new facilities more quickly and economically, as well as decrease negative impacts on California’s wildlife. PIR-08-001


  7. 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
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64842
    Notes
    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.


  8. 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
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64850
    Notes
    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.


  9. Assessment of Bay Area Gas Pipeline Vulnerability to Sea Water Intrusion
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Radke, John (The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the Berkeley campus)
    Year finished: 2015, Budget: $425,000
    Published/Product: 500-11-016
    Notes
    The Contractor will map the location of gas pipelines to estimate the total extent of gas pipelines in the San Francisco Bay Metropolitan region and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region that are at risk to sea level rise.


  10. Assessment of Contribution of Contemporary Carbon Sources to Size-Fractionated PM and Time Resolved Bulk PM using the Measurement of Radiocarbon
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Thomas Young (UC Davis)
    Year finished: 2008, Budget: $100,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64767
    Notes
    Collect and analyze PM samples to support better apportioning of measured concentrations to various emission sources.


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