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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The objective of this research project is to collect and analyze longitudinal and spatial in-use vehicle data from households that own PEVs. A wide array of data will be collected from all vehicles within the households – both PEV and non-PEV – in order to improve emissions estimates at the vehicle, household, and fleet levels. The data will also be used to inform potential demand on the electrical grid as well as the need for potential future supporting infrastructure.
A FIELD EXPERIMENT TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF INFORMATION PROVISION ON HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCLA
Principal Investigator(s): Mathew E. Kahn
Year finished: 2011, Budget: $322,003
Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64843 Notes
THE CONTRACTOR WILL CONDUCT AN ORIGINAL RESEARCH PROJECT TO ILLUMINATE THE IMPACT OF VOLUNTARY MEASURES DESIGNED TO REDUCE RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION. THE CONTRACTOR WILL DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT SEVERAL INTERVENTIONS TO HELP RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERS REDUCE ELECTRICITY USE (E.G. PROVISION OF INFORMATION REGARD CONSUMPTION AND MEANS OF REDUCING CONSUMPTION), WORK WITH A UTILITY TO IMPLEMENT THE INTERVENTION IN A RANDOMLY SELECTED SUBSET OF CUSTOMERS, AND CARRY OUT COMPLEX SPATIAL AND ECONOMETRIC ANALYSES TO DETERMINE THE EFFICIENCY IN REDUCING HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION AS WELL AS COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EFFORT.
(1) Contractor (principal investigators) would use advanced personal environmental control system (PEC) instruments (such as fans/misters) and equipment available to the contractor through Center for Built Environment (CBE) and thermal manikins and anemometers to arrive at optimum air movements and cooling effects. With these PEC systems in place, assess the physiological consequences of having the building temperature set point higher during the warmer seasons, (2) Using human subjects and selected PEC instruments, characterize exposure to higher temperature set points and personal human subject use of PEC in a controlled environment chamber. Assuring human subject satisfaction, experiment with optimum energy savings and highest central temperature set point, (3) For example buildings in southern and northern California, simulate the energy saving potential of shifting the building operation strategy from strict temperature conditioning to higher indoor temperatures and increased air movement, and (4) In collaboration with industry, suggest efficient PEC prototypes that are either stand alone devices or integrated into architecture systems.
BEHAVIORAL RESPONSES TO REAL-TIME INDIVIDUAL ENERGY USAGE INFORMATION: A LARGE SCALE EXPERIMENT
Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCB
Principal Investigator(s): Magali Delmas
Year finished: 2011, Budget: $300,004
Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65039 Notes
THIS PROJECT WILL DETERMINE WHETHER AND TO WHAT EXTENT REAL-TIME, EASILY ACCESSIBLE ENERGY USAGE INFORMATION AND FINANCIAL OR OTHER INCENTIVES RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN A FIELD STUDY; AND INVESTIGATE HOW BEST TO PRESENT ELECTRICITY USAGE INFORMATION TO CONSUMERS IN AN EFFORT TO INDUCE CONSERVATION ACTIONS THROUGH INTERVENTIONS THAT FOCUS ON SOCIAL NORMS AND STATUS/REPUTATION EFFECTS.
This project aims to develop, monitor, and evaluate a carbon footprint reduction program for California households and communities that is based on ARB’s CoolCalifornia.org website and toolkit and that leverages a variety of proven strategies to motivate behavioral change.
The objective of this study is to improve our understanding of the relationship between transit-oriented development, the potential for displacement in California, and the impact it may have on travel behavior. This study also aims to advance how displacement is assessed in transportation and land use planning processes by developing a set of tools that can be used by MPOs, local governments, and other stakeholders. Finally, this project will analyze the effectiveness of policies at minimizing displacement.
THE CONTRACTOR WILL DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMPLETE STREETS ON TRAVEL BEHAVIORAL CHANGE AND WILL HELP TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMPLETE STREETS CONVERSIONS ON THE REDUCTION OF VMT AND STREET USERS’ EXPOSURE TO VEHICULAR EMISSIONS. THIS STUDY IS EXPECTED TO (1) PROVIDE QUANTITATIVE ESTIMATES OF THE EFFECTS OF COMPLETE STREETS ON TRAVEL BEHAVIOR SUCH AS THE CHOICE AND MODE OF COMMUTE AND FREQUENCY OF TRANSIT AND NON-MOTORIZED TRIPS, (2) PROVIDE ESTIMATES OF HOW TRAVEL BEHAVIORAL CHANGES FOLLOWING THE COMPLETE STREET CONVERSION MAY VARY ACROSS POPULATION GROUPS BASED ON DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS; (3) DEMONSTRATE HOW IMPACTS OF COMPETE STREETS MAY VARY ACROSS DIFFERENT LAND USE AND ROAD TYPES; (4) IDENTIFY THE POTENTIAL BARRIERS TO THE USAGE OF COMPLETE STREETS OR BEHAVIORAL CHANGE ; AND (5) SHOW HOW VEHICLE-RELATED AIR POLLUTION EXPOSURES MAY DIFFER AMONG DIFFERENT STREET USERS IN COMPLETE VERSUS INCOMPLETE STREETS. THE CONTRACTOR SHALL PROVIDE VIDEOTAPES OF LICENSE PLATE DATA COLLECTED FOR CARS, TRUCKS, AND MOTORCYCLES TO ARB FOR FURTHER RESEARCH USE. AFTER THE END OF THE STUDY, THE CONTRACTOR WILL SUBMIT A FINAL REPORT, A SEMINAR PRESENTATION TO ARB AND PROVIDE A COPY OF ALL THEIR COLLECTED HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, INTERCEPT SURVEY, AS WELL AS THE TRAFFIC COUNTS AND VIDEOTAPED DATA.
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
The objective of this study is to advance our understanding of the impact of light rail transit through time on the travel behavior of local residents, including travel mode, trip distance, and the physical activity co-benefits of active transportation. This study will also evaluate how the built environment, demographics, and attitudes and perceptions affect travel behavior.
The objective of this research proposal is to test various hypotheses related to spatial or temporal factors associated with current ZEV sales trends and factors to be evaluated include public policy (e.g. incentives, infrastructure), pricing and vehicle attributes, and socioeconomic and geographic characteristics and based on the findings, develop a method and model to project ZEV sales under different policy or market scenarios.