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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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.
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.
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
Framework for Evaluating End-of-Life Product Management Systems in California presents a framework with which to evaluate end-of-life product management systems and offers case studies on existing product management systems for difficult-to-manage products. The report also offers recommendations for product management systems for universal waste products in California.
This project evaluates three types of hydropower simulation models that were developed for and applied to the Sacramento San Joaquin Basin and the Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest (listed in order of increasing sophistication and cost): (1) multiple linear regression models; (2) medium-complexity reservoir simulation models (CVMod in California and ColSim in the Pacific Northwest); and (3) operational reservoir simulation models (CALSIM II in California and GENESYS in the Pacific Northwest). The models will be evaluated for potential use in the following contexts: (1) retrospective studies of hydropower production (ability to reproduce observed past hydropower production); (2) retrospective hydropower forecasts with lead times ranging from one to nine months; and (3) climate change studies.