Climate Change Research: Round 1 Completed Projects
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The Future of San Joaquin Valley Agriculture under Climate Change and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
A team of research scientists, engineers, and agricultural economists investigated the environmental and socio-economic impacts of climate change on San Joaquin Valley agriculture and disadvantaged communities in the context of a changing regulatory environment and water supply reductions under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Integrating Land Use and Climate Change on California’s Central Coast: Impacts and Adaptations for Local Communities
Researchers explored the Central Coast region to identify the current data gaps in local land-use activities and land-cover and develop critical data, models, vulnerability analyses, and scenarios that managers need to adapt to impending climate change and plan for alleviating community vulnerability to disadvantaged communities within the Salinas Valley.
Measuring the Impacts of Climate Change on Vulnerable Communities to Design and Target Protective Policies
Researchers quantified financial and health costs of understudied climate impacts across California - workplace morbidity/mortality, wages, unemployment, household energy expenditures, reproductive and prenatal risks, air pollution exposure, inadequate housing quality, and wildfire readiness. Researchers forecasted potential costs due to increases in the number of extreme heat days and create two accessible online mapping tools to inform state agencies, nonprofits, local governments, and community members.
Increasing Data Accessibility and Climate Resilience Planning Support through Cal-Adapt
Researchers leveraged the existing Cal-Adapt web application tool by conducting needs assessments and outreach efforts to help identify new datasets, design and build new features and targeted tools for the application that more thoroughly addresses stakeholder needs beyond the energy sector, and assist state agencies and others with developing actionable plans to adapt to changing conditions.
Coupling Community Knowledge with Big Data Tools to Facilitate Equitable Energy Transitions
Building on work conducted under a California Energy Commission grant, data on building energy use, rooftop solar potential, grid capacity, and socio-demographics was integrated to assess the potential for low income and disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles County to support equitable energy transitions. The research project developed an interactive, web-based tool that identifies opportunities for community solar and resilience centers on institutional parcels in Los Angeles County. The research team identified specific challenges and opportunities facing communities throughout Los Angeles County as they seek to enhance their participation in the ongoing transition towards a more sustainable energy future.
Climate Smart Transportation and Communities Consortium
A multi-faceted group of researchers from seven academic institutions teamed up to advance the State’s knowledge on the effects of emissions in the transportation sector on disadvantaged communities by focusing on interrelated areas – innovative mobility, electrification, public transit, land use, active transportation, and goods movement—using equity and policy engagement lenses as crosscutting themes.
Sea Level Rise, Hazardous Sites, and Environmental Justice in California
This research conducts a holistic examination of the environmental health and social equity implications from the risks of sea level rise (SLR) to property and infrastructure.
Examining the Unintended Effects of Climate Change Mitigation: A New Tool to Predict Investment Related Displacement
This research aims to reduce this gap in knowledge by utilizing individual- and building-level datasets to which our team has unique access in order to create tools that can be used by state agencies to estimate the potential impacts of investments and thereby mitigate them.
CAL-THRIVES: A California Toolkit for Heat Resiliency in Vulnerable Environments
This interdisciplinary project addresses two research and deployment needs described in the California 2015 Climate Change Research Plan.
Integrated Land Use Planning to Support Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Local Communities: Fire, Water and Biodiversity
This research focuses on reducing wildfire risk, enhancing water sustainability, and land conservation to support sustainable ecosystems and communities in southern California.