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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Creating and mapping an urban heat island index for California
Lead Agency: Cal EPA
Principal Investigator(s): Haider Taha
Year finished: 2015, Budget: $100,000
AB 296 (Skinner, 2012) states: “It is the intent of the Legislature that . . . The California Environmental Protection Agency shall develop a definition for the urban heat island effect. The definition shall include the extent and severity of an urban heat island effect index for California cities such that the cities can have a quantifiable goal for heat reduction.” The primary purpose of this work is to provide CalEPA, ARB, and other State agencies with quantitative estimates of an Urban Heat Island Index for California cities. Potential uses for this information include: (1) use in a future version of the CalEnviroScreen; (2) as a way to help quantify tbenefits of various Sustainable or Cool Communities strategies; and (3) as a tool for improving the evaluation of the public health effects on California residents of excess heat exposure.
Environmental Health and Justice Screening Tool
Lead Agency: Cal EPA in collaboration with ARB
Principal Investigator(s): Rachel Morello-Frosch, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd
(UC Berkely, USC, Occidental College)
Year finished: , Budget: $386,807
Published/Product: Minding The Climate Gap: http://college.usc.edu/pere/publications/ Notes
The screening tool is intended to assist in assessing the affects of climate change on vulnerable populations in the state of California
I-5 Traffic Study
Lead Agency: Cal EPA
Principal Investigator(s): Michael Zang
Year finished: 2010, Budget: $249,998
Collect and analyze traffic and travel behavior data before, during and after the closure of I-5 for repair work on the 'boat' section running through downtown Sacramento.