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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Winter fog and energy demand in the Central Valley
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Baldocchi, Dennis
(The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the Berkeley campus)
Year finished: 2012, Budget: $82,416
A research team at UC Berkeley will conduct an analysis on long-term trends in winter fog across the fruit and nut growing region of California, the Central Valley, and estimate the effect of this trend on energy demand for heating. The researchers will use satellite imaging of fog (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer on the Geostationary Orbital Environmental Satellite) and climate data to study winter fog climatology in the Central Valley between November and February.
This study looks at the extent to which winter precipitation is orographically enhanced within the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, and how it varies from storm to storm and season to season, from occasions when precipitation rates at low and high altitudes are almost the same, to instances when precipitation rates at middle elevations can be as much as 30 times more than at the base of the range.