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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Search results for GHG Emissions Reduction Research Projects
Air and water impacts from direct land application of un-composted green waste
Lead Agency: Cal Recycle in collaboration with ARB
Principal Investigator(s): Peter G. Green
(UC Davis, Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Year finished: 2015, Budget: $175,000
As pressure for direct land application of un-composted green waste increases, the potential air quality and water quality impacts need to be determined.
Conducted research to analyze the rotary drum reactor (RDR) process for breaking down municipal solid waste and separating biodegradable organic material from nonorganic material when the solid waste is used as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion. Published Integration of Rotary Drum Reactor and Anaerobic Digestion Technologies for Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste. The report evaluates the rotary drum reactor in combination with anaerobic digestion to produce energy, compost, and increase waste diversion.
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.
In this project, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed a carbon footprint modeling framework that characterizes the key underlying technologies and processes that contribute to household carbon footprints in California and the United States.
Assessment of Landfill Gas Monitoring Well Viability and Its Effect on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Lead Agency: Cal Recycle
Principal Investigator(s): Raymond H. Huff, R.E.A.
(SCS Engineers, Inc)
Year finished: 2007, Budget: $153,625
Published/Product: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/publications/default.asp?pubid=1311 Notes
Research examines landfill gas (LFG) monitoring well functionality in California using data gathered at 20 landfills. Results used to assist the California Energy Commission in refining its GHG emission models.
The objective is to analyze biomass and biogas resources and their integration into local fuel infrastructure in both urban and rural/agricultural environments, to determine the associated emissions of GHG and criteria pollutants, and to evaluate the potential air quality co-benefits of biomass and biogas use.
Assessment of the Potential Environmental Impacts of Alternative Energy Scenarios for California
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Kammen, Dan
Year finished: 2014, Budget: $200,574
The proposed project will include an assessment of the environmental footprint of the energy scenarios identified in the California's Carbon Challenge report. The researcher will estimate the geographical footprint of the different energy technologies mandated by the scenarios. This will include not only the amount of land for energy development, but also assessment metrics to place these land demands into context, such as the ecological sensitivity of the area identified for future energy development. Similar efforts will be conducted to assess consumptive water demand; criteria air pollutant emissions, and climate change effects.
California's Carbon Challenge: An Integrated Modeling Framework to Reduce GHG Emissions in California by 2050
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Mcmahon, James
(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Year finished: 2011, Budget: $400,000
Ongoing research to create an integrated modeling framework to analyze and compare options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California. Report pending.
California's Energy Future: Assessing our Technical Capacity to meet 2050 Climate and Energy Goals
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Jane Long
(California Council on Science and Technology)
Year finished: 2010, Budget: $50,000
This study will assess the ability of existing energy technologies to meet California's climate and energy goals for 2050, identify technical energy gaps that need to be filled to meet these goals, and technical pathways that will help us achieve these goals.
CalTrans Demonstration Projects, Workshops & Outreach on Compost-Based Best Management Practices
Lead Agency: Cal Recycle in collaboration with CalTrans and Local Governments
Principal Investigator(s): Bill Baker
(Regents of the University of California Riverside)
Year finished: 2010, Budget: $200,000
Published/Product: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Organics/Erosion/Workshops/2008/Default.htm Notes
To conduct outreach to Caltrans and other governmental agencies on compost-based BMPs. These agencies have the potential to increase their compost use by hundreds of thousands of cubic yards per year for erosion control, vegetation establishment, and water filtration. This research project will encourage increased compost production that will result in the diversion of additional organic materials from landfills.