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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AIRBORNE AND GROUND-BASED WHOLE AIR SAMPLING DURING CALNEX 2010
Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCI
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Donald Blake
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $447,456
CALNEX 2010 : Collection of whole air samples and subsequent laboratory analysis to quantify concentrations of an extensive suite of chemicals important as greenhouse gases and precursors of photochemical smog. Samples will be collected in canisters at ground sites and on a research aircraft that is contributed by NOAA.
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
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.
Biological impacts of climate change in California
Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CDFG, CALFIRE
Principal Investigator(s): Terry Root
(Stanford University and PRBO)
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $500,000
Published/Product: UC MR-074
Conducts several case studies on the potential ecological impacts of climate change in CA
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
Preliminary study to determine the effect of black carbon on the atmospheric budget in California.
CHARACTERIZATION OF AMBIENT AEROSOL SOURCES AND PROCESSED DURING CALNEX 2010 WITH AEROSOL MASS SPECTROMETRY
Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with U of Colorado
Principal Investigator(s): Jose-Luis Jimenez
(U OF COLORADO)
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $258,000
Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64839 Notes
THE PROPOSED RESEARCH IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE CALNEX 2010 STUDY, A MAJOR FIELD CAMPAIGN PLANNED BY ARB AND NOAA THAT WILL IMPROVE THE UNDERSTANDING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SOURCES AND PROCESSING OF ORGANIC AEROSOLS IN THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN (SOCAB) OF CALIFORNIA. THE PROPOSED OBJECTIVE WILL BE ACHIEVED THROUGH HE DEPLOYMENT OF A HIGH-RESOLUTION AMS AND AUXILIARY INSTRUMENTATION AT A GROUND-BASED SUPER SITE IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA DURING THE CALNEX 2010 FIELD STUDY AND THE SUBSEQUENT DATA ANALYSIS. THE PROPOSED MEASUREMENTS WILL PROVIDE USEFUL CONSTRAINTS ON THESE MODELS IN THE FORM OF CONCENTRATIONS OF SEMI-VOLATILE SPECIES (AND OXYGENATED CARBON COMPOUNDS) AND POTENTIAL SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOLS.
CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY IN THE SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with UCB
Principal Investigator(s): Allen Goldstein $ Ronald Cohen
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $1,095,000
Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/single-project.php?row_id=64836 Notes
SIX RESEARCH GROUPS WILL MAKE DETAILED AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MEASUREMENTS FOR SIX WEEKS AT A MONITORING SITE IN THE SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. MEASUREMENTS WILL BE VALIDATED AND INCORPORATED INTO A DATABASE. RESULTS COULD RESULT IN POTENTIAL REFINEMENTS TO THE CURRENT EMISSION INVENTORIES OF VOC AND NOx AND TO THE CHEMICAL MECHANISMS USED IN AIR QUALITY MODELS.
Climate Adaptation Planning in California using Google Earth/weADAPT: a Pilot Study
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Taylor, Rob
(Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC))
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $135,980
California is planning adaptation strategies in preparation for anticipated future climate change impacts. A prototype climate change information data delivery and retrieval system was developed using Google Earth to help implement California’s first statewide climate change adaptation strategy. This prototype was developed to determine if Google Earth could be used as a platform to effectively deliver complex climate change information to three groups of potential end users: interested stakeholders seeking in formation on potential climate change impacts in California, planners seeking information for support in decision making and members of the California climate change research community. Various types of software tools, data sets, maps and models were integrated into the Google Earth platform for prototype development. There was a general validation of the utility and efficacy of the Google Earth platform in communicating relevant climate change data to the targeted end users based on direct feedback received at state and local levels. Future recommendations on improving the prototype included technical steps for data organization, technology choices pertaining to the underlying database, and steps for expanding the prototype into the type of information delivery system called for in the California Adaptation Strategy, a draft document prepared by the California Natural Resources Agency. SAIC-06-035-P-R
Climate Change and Energy: IEPR Discussion Papers
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Braun, Jerome
(The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the California Institute for Energy and Environment)
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $11,174
Discussion papers will provide an overview of how climate change may impact the electricity sector and discuss the vulnerability of electricity, natural gas, and transportation infrastructure resulting from climate change.