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Impact and Adaptation Studies 160
Regional Climate Analysis and Modeling 88
GHG Emissions Reduction 83
GHG Inventory Methods 61
others 89
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This site represents only a subset of projects. Please see agency publications for official budget figures.

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.

To find out more about these projects, please click here to obtain contact information for representatives from different state agencies.

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  1. 2008 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCB
    Principal Investigator(s): Rachel Morello-Frosch (UCB)
    Year finished: 2008, Budget: $50,000
    Notes
    Contractor will conduct a review and systematization of the pertinent literature on environmental justice impacts of climate change, with an emphasis on communities of color and low income groups.


  2. Aircraft Measurement of the Impacts of Pollution Aerosols on Clouds and Precipitation Over the Sierra Nevada
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with DWR
    Principal Investigator(s): Daniel Rosenfeld (Woodley Weather Consultants)
    Year finished: 2008, Budget: $205,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2008-015
    Notes
    Reports on field studies using two research aircraft to determine how aerosols are affecting precipitation levels


  3. An Analysis of Simulated California Climate Using Multiple Dynamical and Statistical Techniques
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CAT, Resources
    Principal Investigator(s): Norm Miller, Lisa Sloan, Kanamitsu, And Phil Duffy (LBNL, UC Santa Cruz, Scripps, and LLNL)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $930,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2009-017-F
    Notes
    Enhances dynamic regional climate models and compares them with observation to discover any biases before these models are used to develop probabilistic climate projections for CA


  4. A Review of Land Use/ Land Cover and Agricultural Change Models
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Russell Jones (Stratus Consulting, Conservation International and UC Santa Barbara)
    Year finished: 2005, Budget: $198,926
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2005-056
    Notes
    Determine what models should be used to estimate future urban projections to study the effect of climate change and urbanization


  5. ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENT AND INVERSE MODELING TO IMPROVE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION ESTIMATES
    Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with LBNL
    Principal Investigator(s): Marc Fischer (LBNL)
    Year finished: 2012, Budget: $680,000
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=65091
    Notes
    ATMOSPHERIC INVERSE MODELING METHODS OFFER THE POTENTIAL TO ACCURATELY QUANTIFY CURRENT GHG EMISSIONS AND FUTURE REDUCTIONS, REDUCING UNCERTAINTY IN INVENTORY ESTIMATES. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY (LBNL) WILL EMPLOY INVERSE MODELING BY COMPARING MEASURED AND PREDICTED ATMOSPHERIC GHG CONCENTRATIONS IN AN ANALYSIS THAT EXPLICITLY CONSIDERS SOURCES OF ERROR. SPECIFICALLY, LBNL WILL 1) CONTINUE AND EXTEND GHG MEASUREMENTS AT EXISTING LBNL MEASUREMENT SITES, 2) IMPLEMENT GHG MEASUREMENTS AT A NEW SITE THAT SAMPLES AIR REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNADINO REGIONS, AND 3) APPLY AN INVERSE MODELING FRAMEWORK TO ESTIMATE GHG EMISSIONS FROM THE MAJOR EMISSION REGIONS OF CA. THIS FOCUSED RESEARCH WILL ENABLE CARB TO 1) CONTINUE AND INTEGRATE MEASUREMENTS OF THE FULL-SUITE OF GHGS (CO2, METHANE, NITROUS OXIDE, AND HIGH GLOBAL WARMING POTENTIAL GASES) AT THE SUTRO TOWER AND WALNUT GROVE SITES INTO THE CARB NETWORK, 2) EXPAND THE CARB MEASUREMENT NETWORK TO COMPREHENSIVELY SAMPLE GHG EMISSION SOURCES IN THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN, AND 3) CONDUCT COMPREHENSIVE INVERSE MODELING TO QUANTIFY CA’S CURRENT GHG EMISSIONS USING THE COMBINED MEASUREMENT ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR CA. THE PRODUCTS WILL BE A RIGOROUSLY DEFENSIBLE ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL TOTAL ANTHROPOGENIC GHG EMISSIONS AND A MEASUREMENT AND MODELING SYSTEM CAPABLE OF CONTINUING THOSE ESTIMATES INTO THE FUTURE.


  6. Black Carbon and the Regional Climate of California
    Lead Agency: ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): V. Ramanathan (University of California, San Diego, Scripps Instit. of Oceanography)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $796,403
    Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64841
    Notes
    Research results will link combustion emissions of black carbon (BC) to climate impacts in California through an approach that includes observations, data analysis, and modeling. Specifically, the investigators will: 1- create an integrated observational data set of BC regional properties including time series of concentrations and composition, vertical profiles, mixing state, and deposition on snow; 2- estimate the three-dimensional structure of the radiative forcing of BC and other aerosols; and 3- estimate the impact on climate change and climate feedbacks, using a regional climate model.


  7. California AUAV Air Pollution Profiling Study
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with ARB
    Principal Investigator(s): Prof. Ramanathan And Corrigan (Scripps/UC San Diego)
    Year finished: 2009, Budget: $698,991
    Published/Product: 500-07-014
    Notes
    Preliminary study to determine the effect of black carbon on the atmospheric budget in California.


  8. California Climate Archive
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Kelly Redmond And Dan Cayan (Desert Research Institute and Scripps)
    Year finished: 2008, Budget: $352,673
    Published/Product: http://www.calclim.dri.edu/
    Notes
    Developes and maintains a data set of long-term meteorological and hydrological measurements in CA for climate change studies


  9. California Environmental Sensing and Communications
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Principal Investigator(s): Dan Cayan (Scripps/UC San Diego)
    Year finished: 2005, Budget: $146,981
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2005-050
    Notes
    This study seeks to monitor the environment in the complex topography over the California region, which requires a denser network of meteorological and hydrological stations than is currently operating.


  10. California rain and snow measurements in SUPRECIP-2
    Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with DWR
    Principal Investigator(s): Odelle Hadley And Prof. Ramanathan (Scripps/UC San Diego)
    Year finished: 2008, Budget: $205,000
    Published/Product: http://energy.ca.gov/publications/displayOneReport.php?pubNum=CEC-500-2008-029
    Notes
    Measured the amount of black carbon (BC) in rain and snow to estimate the potential effect of BC on the reflectivity of snow. A darker snow melts sooner and faster confounding the climate change signal


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