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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Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present and Future
Lead Agency: DWR in collaboration with OPC/SCC, Caltrans, CEC, SWRCB, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Washington Department of Ecology, NOAA, USACE, and USGS
Principal Investigator(s): Committee On Sea Level Rise In California, Oregon, And Washington; Board On Earth Sciences And Resources; Ocean Studies Board; Division On Earth And Life Studies
(National Research Council )
Year finished: 2012, Budget: $550,000
Published/Product: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13389 Notes
Tide gages show that global sea level has risen about 7 inches during the 20th century, and recent satellite data show that the rate of sea-level rise is accelerating. As Earth warms, sea levels are rising mainly because ocean water expands as it warms; and water from melting glaciers and ice sheets is flowing into the ocean. Sea-level rise poses enormous risks to the valuable infrastructure, development, and wetlands that line much of the 1,600 mile shoreline of California, Oregon, and Washington. As those states seek to incorporate projections of sea-level rise into coastal planning, they asked the National Research Council to make independent projections of sea-level rise along their coasts for the years 2030, 2050, and 2100, taking into account regional factors that affect sea level. Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future explains that sea level along the U.S. west coast is affected by a number of factors. These include: climate patterns such as the El Nino, effects from the melting of modern and ancient ice sheets, and geologic processes, such as plate tectonics. Regional projections for California, Oregon, and Washington show a sharp distinction at Cape Mendocino in northern California. South of that point, sea-level rise is expected to be very close to global projections. However, projections are lower north of Cape Mendocino because the land is being pushed upward as the ocean plate moves under the continental plate along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. However, an earthquake magnitude 8 or larger, which occurs in the region every few hundred to 1,000 years, would cause the land to drop and sea level to suddenly rise.
Tree-ring reconstruction of streamflows
Lead Agency: DWR in collaboration with USBR
Principal Investigator(s): Dave Meko And Connie Woodhouse
(University of Arizona)
Year finished: 2014, Budget: $400,000
Use of dendrochronology to reconstruct annual streamflows prior to the measured historical record at key locations on the Sacramento River, San Joaquin River, and Klamath River. Main purpose of the reconstructions is to characterize droughts prior to the historical record, to compare with the severity of modern droughts. A hydroclimate analog years dataset will also be prepared.