2015 Progress Report: Integrating Information from Climate Scientists and Resource Managers: Informing Preparedness and Adaptation to Extreme Event Impacts on Air and Water Quality in CaliforniaEPA Grant Number: R835194
Title: Integrating Information from Climate Scientists and Resource Managers: Informing Preparedness and Adaptation to Extreme Event Impacts on Air and Water Quality in California
Investigators: Bedsworth, Louise W , Duffy, Philip B. , Tebaldi, Claudia
Institution: Public Policy Institute of California , Climate Central
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2015 (Extended to May 31, 2019)
Project Period Covered by this Report: June 1, 2015 through May 31,2016
Project Amount: $710,529
RFA: Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate (2011) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , Water Quality , Climate Change , Air , Water
The objective of this project is to develop and test a set of indicators of extreme events under a changing climate that have relevance for preparedness and adaptation within the air and water quality sectors in California. We will do this by integrating information from historical climate data, downscaled climate model simulations of current and future climate, and air and water quality managers' understanding of the vulnerabilities of their systems. The research is motivated by the expressed desire of resource managers to have more relevant and accessible climate change information to improve management of climate risks. By working with resource managers and climate scientists, we will develop more relevant definitions of extreme events to guide the development of policy-relevant climate impacts data.
A comprehensive survey of California water agencies has been completed. The results are being analyzed for presentation and work is underway to select agencies for case studies. A poster of the survey findings will be presented at the 2015 fall meeting of the Annual Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
The key activities for the next period of this project are submission of manuscripts for publication of the water survey results, selection of water agencies for in-depth case studies, and the launch of the water quality survey in early 2016. The project team is analyzing survey results and preparing several manuscripts with the results. These manuscripts include a general summary of survey results; analysis of agency characteristics, perceptions of climate risk, and development of a progress index; and analysis of agency preparedness for drought.