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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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.
Association between Long-Term Ultrafine Particulate Matter Exposure and Premature Death
Lead Agency: ARB
Principal Investigator(s): Michael Kleeman
Year finished: 2014
The objective of the proposed study is to perform a state-of-the-science exposure assessment for UFPM’s based on measurements and regional models and to determine whether UFPMs are positively associated with premature death in California using an established epidemiological cohort.
IDENTIFY BEHAVIORAL, SOCIAL, AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIES THAT REDUCE ENERGY USE AND GHG EMISSIONS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS; AND TO DEVELOP IMPROVED CONCEPTUAL MODELS OF HOW ENERGY AND COMFORT ARE MANAGED IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. RESEARCH RESULTS WILL PRODUCE STRATEGIES THAT THE STATE CAN IMPLEMENT TO GUIDE ENERGY POLICY, BEHAVIOR CHANGE INITIATIVES, TECHNOLOGY AND BUILDING DESIGN, AND ENERGY RESEARCH TO ACCOMMODATE THE REALITIES OF HOW BUILDINGS ARE ACTUALLY OPERATED AND HOW BUILDING OCCUPANTS ADAPT, OR CAN ADAPT, TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THE FOCUS OF THIS RESEARCH IS ON EXISTING BUILDINGS AS THEY CURRENTLY OPERATE IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR, WHICH HAS RECEIVED RELATIVELY LITTLE ATTENTION COMPARED TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND NEW BUILDING DESIGN. RESEARCH RESULTS WILL ALSO BE USEFUL TO INFORM NEW BUILDING DESIGN AND RETROFITS.
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion to Chemical Products
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Russell Howard
Year finished: 2014, Budget: $474,843
The goal of this project is to reduce the cost of CO2 compliance by generating revenues from CO2 capture by converting captured CO2 into a valuable commodity and specialty chemical value. These chemicals are cost-competitive because access to the CO2 in flue gas is free. Also, earnings from chemical sales can offset part or all costs of the carbon capture process, depending on the value of the chemical.
Characterization of PM2.5 Episodes in the San Joaquin Valley Based on Data Collected During the NASA DISCOVER-AQ Study in the Winter of 2013
Lead Agency: ARB
Principal Investigator(s): Christopher D. Cappa
Year finished: 2014, Budget: $200,000
The objective of this project is to conduct advanced analysis of aircraft and supersite measurements made during DISCOVER-AQ with the goal of improving the conceptual model of the origin, evolution, and spatial distribution of PM2.5 in the SJV. In addition, the researchers will work with ARB modeling staff on photochemical modeling of two PM2.5 episodes. Comparison of the data analysis results with ARB’s modeling will help identify any deficiencies in the modeling and conceptual model of PM episode formation in the SJV.
The objective of this project is to quantify the emissions of formaldehyde from fiberglass particle filters relative to synthetic particle filters, and estimate their contributions to indoor concentrations for California homes. The specific objectives are to measure formaldehyde emission rates from fiberglass particle filters and synthetic particle filters across a range of humidity levels, temperatures and air velocities typical of California homes, and estimate the impacts of fiberglass particle filters and synthetic particle filters on indoor formaldehyde levels under typical scenarios in California homes.
This research project will characterize the extent to which BrC contributes to climate forcing in California, identify likely sources of BrC in the State, and assess BrC’s contribution to regional and global climate impacts.
The objectives of this research are to improve understanding of the real world effectiveness of SCR for reducing emissions from heavy-duty trucks, and to evaluate whether certification test cycles are representative of how heavy-duty trucks are actually used.
Energy, Air Quality, Water and Climate Change Co-Benefits of Renewable Generation and Fuels Roadmap
Lead Agency: CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Samuelsen, Scott
(Advanced Power and Energy Program - UC Irvine)
Year finished: 2014, Budget: $157,965
The purpose of this project is to develop a roadmap identifying the state of knowledge, research gaps, and recommended research pathways to quantify the air quality benefits/disbenefits of renewable generation and of alternative fuels and the energy and environmental co-benefits of using these resources in California.
Enhancement to the Development of Forest Carbon Inventory and Monitoring Tools Using Remote Sensing
Lead Agency: CEC in collaboration with CARB
Principal Investigator(s): Battles, John
(The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the Berkeley campus)
Year finished: 2014, Budget: $400,000
The project will enhance the development of the new greenhouse gas inventory methods for California by developing methods to account for reduced CO2 uptake and greenhouse gas emissions from forest areas affected by disease/pest outbreak. This will be used to inform estimates of the potential for forested lands to generate offsets for the energy sectors.