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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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.
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.
IDENTIFY BEHAVIORAL, SOCIAL, AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIES THAT REDUCE ENERGY USE AND GHG EMISSIONS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS; AND TO DEVELOP IMPROVED CONCEPTUAL MODELS OF HOW ENERGY AND COMFORT ARE MANAGED IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. RESEARCH RESULTS WILL PRODUCE STRATEGIES THAT THE STATE CAN IMPLEMENT TO GUIDE ENERGY POLICY, BEHAVIOR CHANGE INITIATIVES, TECHNOLOGY AND BUILDING DESIGN, AND ENERGY RESEARCH TO ACCOMMODATE THE REALITIES OF HOW BUILDINGS ARE ACTUALLY OPERATED AND HOW BUILDING OCCUPANTS ADAPT, OR CAN ADAPT, TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THE FOCUS OF THIS RESEARCH IS ON EXISTING BUILDINGS AS THEY CURRENTLY OPERATE IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR, WHICH HAS RECEIVED RELATIVELY LITTLE ATTENTION COMPARED TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND NEW BUILDING DESIGN. RESEARCH RESULTS WILL ALSO BE USEFUL TO INFORM NEW BUILDING DESIGN AND RETROFITS.
To investigate the technologies that would be needed to significantly reduce GHG emissions at the national and international scales and to investigate the role of energy efficiency and renewables in California using a national model with a limited representation of California
Cost study on commercial recycling to address potential costs and savings from increased business waste diversion in support of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling measure in AB32 Scoping Plan. This study examined the incremental costs and savings of selected business diversion programs by focusing on key material types currently disposed that have significant potential for both disposal and GHG reduction. In conjunction, the study developed an online commercial diversion tool to assist businesses in evaluating decisions regarding whether to reduce, recycle or dispose materials along with associated cost savings & ghg reductions.
To support California Environmental Protection Agency and PIER by using the Computable General Equilibrium forecasting model to evaluate a variety of policies for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.
Economic Analyses of Sectoral Impacts of Climate Change
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Mathis, Pam
(ICF Resources, LLC)
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $78,438
Overview of California’s Key Economic Sectors Vulnerable to Climate Change Estimating the Costs of Climate Change Impacts on California’s Transportation System Estimating the Damages from Inland Floods in California Catastrophic Levee Failure: Economic Costs of Climate Change
Using county-level data from the United States Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture, this study evaluates the effect of weather and climate on agricultural profits in the State of California.
Economic Impacts of Delta Levee Failure Due to Climate Change: A Scenario Analysis
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Sebastian Vicuna, Michael Hanemann, And Larry Dale
(California Climate Center at UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy University of California, Berkeley)
Year finished: 2006, Budget: $75,000
Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2006-004 Notes
Using estimates of hydrologic conditions associated with climate change under the Geophysics Fluid Dynamics Laboratory's (GFDL) model run under A2 emission scenario (GFDLA2), this study estimated the economic impacts to urban and agriculture users of major Delta pump outages caused by levee breaches.