California Climate Change Symposium 2015

About California Climate Change Symposium 2015

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California Climate Change Symposium 2015 is the premier forum for the sharing of cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state. This research informs the state’s strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. California Climate Change Symposium 2015 is convened by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Goals

  • Facilitate the production, adoption and application of climate science with respect to California policy and local governance
  • Provide a forum for sharing recent science and practical applications relevant to climate change impacts and vulnerability
  • Foster the translation of regional climate change research into policy solutions
  • Expand support for climate science research with applications to California’s environment, public health and economy
  • Facilitate collaboration across scientific research fields and public policy silos

Program

The program, subject to change, is below. The Symposium will also be webcast live for free.

MONDAY, AUGUST 24


8:00
Registration Opens
9:50 - 10:00
Break

Concurrent Session A - Classroom

10:00 - 11:55 Comprehensive Climate Change Projections to Support Multisectoral Analyses
Moderator: Elissa Lynn (DWR)
10:20 - 10:40
Using dynamic regional climate models for California's 4th Climate Change Assessment
Alex Hall (UCLA)
10:40 - 11:00
High-resolution climate change and hydrological projections
Alan Flint (USGS)
11:00 - 11:20
Probabilistic estimates for California climate changes using downscaled CMIP5 climate projections
Dan Cayan (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
11:20 - 11:40
Cal-Adapt as a tool for visualizing climate scenarios and supporting decision-making
Nancy Thomas and Shruti Mukhtyar (Geospatial Innovations Facility, UC Berkeley)
11:40 - 11:55
Q&A
moderated

Concurrent Session B - Ballroom

10:00 - 11:55 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Methods for California
Moderator: Amrith Gunasekara (CDFA)
10:00 - 10:20
California's Greenhouse Gas Inventory: State of the Science
Dr. Anny Huang (California Air Resources Board)
10:20 - 10:40
California ecosystem carbon changes, wildfire, and climate change
Patrick Gonzalez (National Park Service)
10:40 - 11:00
Quantification of California Greenhouse Gas Emissions at State, Regional, and Facility Scales
Marc Fischer (LBNL)
11:00 - 11:20
Agricultural practices and N2O emissions: modeling and observations in California
William Salas (Applied Geosolutions)
11:20 - 11:40
The Megacities Carbon Project: Monitoring urban-scale carbon emissions
Riley Duren (NASA)
11:40 - 11:55
Q&A
moderated

Concurrent Session A - Classroom

1:15 - 2:50 Future Climate Impacts and Adaptation Options for Natural and Managed Ecosystems
Moderator: Whitney Albright (CDFW)
1:15 -1:35
Climate impacts and adaptation options for natural and managed ecosystems in California: State of the Science
David Ackerly (UC Berkeley)
1:35 - 1:55
Interactive effects of climate change and fuels management scenarios on wildfire activity and emissions in Sierra Nevada forests
LeRoy Westerling (UC Merced)
1:55 - 2:15
Conserving Nature's Stage: Geospatial resilience mapping to identify priorities for land protection
Dick Cameron (The Nature Conservancy)
2:15 - 2:35
Climate considerations, adaptation, and prioritizing state-funded levee investments in the Delta
Nidhi Kalra (RAND with David Groves (RAND) & Cindy Messer (Delta Stewardship Council)
2:35 - 2:50
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B - Ballroom

1:15 - 2:50 Water Resources in California: Drought, Extreme Events, and Management Options
Moderator: Sonya Ziaja (CEC)
1:15 -1:35
What does climate change mean for atmospheric rivers and water resources in California?
Michael Dettinger (USGS)
1:35 - 1:55
Climate change and California's current drought
Noah Diffenbaugh (Stanford)
1:55 - 2:15
Climate change and extreme hydrologic events: Links to the California Drought
Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute)
2:15 - 2:35
Managing water resources in a changing climate
Ellen Hanak (Public Policy Institute of California)
2:35 - 2:50
Q&A
Moderated
2:50 - 3:05
Break

Concurrent Session A - Classroom

3:05 - 5:00 Future Climate Impacts and Adaptation Options for Human Systems
Moderator: Kristin Ralff Douglass (CPUC)
3:05 - 3:25
Climate impacts and adaptation options for human infrastructure in California: State of the Science
Michael Hanemann (Arizona State University)
3:25 - 3:45
Sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding in the San Francisco Bay and Delta: Risks to Critical Infrastructure
John Radke (UC Berkeley)
3:45 - 4:05
California's surface transportation system: vulnerabilities, resilience options, and research needs
Deb Niemeier (UC Davis)
4:05 - 4:25
Potential impacts of prolonged droughts for California's agricultural sector
Richard Howitt (UC Davis)
4:25 - 4:45
Microgrids for Energy Resiliency
Neal Bartek (San Diego Gas & Electric)
4:45 - 5:00
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B - Ballroom

3:05 - 4:45 Future Climate Impacts and Adaptation Options for Coastal Resources
Moderator: Abe Doherty (OPC)
3:05 - 3:25
Impacts and adaptation options for California's coastal resources: State of the Science
Gary Griggs (UC Santa Cruz)
3:25 - 3:45
Using the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) to support decision-makers in the Bay Area (and So. Cal?)
Patrick Barnard (USGS)
3:45 - 4:05
Lessons from Incorporating Climate into the Bay Area Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project
Letitia Grenier (San Francisco Estuary Institute)
4:05 - 4:25
Coastal Resilience California: Applying state-of-the-art science to coastal conservation and adaptation
Walter Heady (The Nature Conservancy)
4:25 - 4:45
Changing ocean conditions: Science to policy, case study ocean acidification and hypoxia
Catherine Kuhlman, Executive Director, Ocean Protection Council
4:45 - 5:00
Q&A
Moderated
5:00 - 6:30 Poster Session and Networking Reception (no-host bar)
Welcome: Jonathan Parfrey (Climate Resolve)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25


8:00
Registration Opens

Concurrent Session A - Classroom

8:30 - 10:05 Public Health, Environmental Justice, and Climate Change
Moderator: Paul English (CDPH)
8:30 -8:50
Climate Change and Human Health: State of the Science
Linda Rudolph (Public Health Institute)
8:50 - 9:10
Climate change: Environmental justice and community impacts in California
Manuel Pastor (University of Southern California)
9:10 - 9:30
Heat-related morbidity and mortality in California
Rupa Basu (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment)
9:30 - 9:50
Investing in disadvantaged communities, SB 535, and CalEnviroScreen
Shankar Prasad (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment)
9:50 - 10:05
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B - Ballroom

8:30 - 10:05 Integration of Mitigation and Adaptation in California
Moderator: Louis Blumberg (TNC)
8:30 -8:50
Integration of mitigation and adaptation in California: State of the Science
Louise Bedsworth (Governor's Office of Planning and Research)
8:50 - 9:10
Managing forests for both mitigation and adaptation
Emily Moran (UC Merced)
9:10 - 9:30
Managing California's rangelands for carbon sequestration and adaptation
Whendee Silver (UC Berkeley)
9:30 - 9:50
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and DataBasin: Integrating habitat protection with renewable energy strategies
Scott Flint (California Energy Commission) with Jim Strittholt (Conservation Biology Institute)
9:50 - 10:05
Q&A
Moderated
10:05 - 10:20
Break

Concurrent Session A - Classroom

10:20 - 12:00 Federal Support for Climate Change Science in California
Moderator: Kit Batten (UC Davis Policy Institute)
10:20 - 10:36
California collaborations with federal entities on climate change science: Overview
Fred Lipschultz (US Global Change Research Program)
10:36 - 10:52
The Southwest Climate Science Center
Glen MacDonald (UC Los Angeles)
10:52 - 11:08
The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Rebecca Fris (California Landscape Conservation Cooperative)
11:08 - 11:24
USDA Regional Climate Change Hubs: Southwest Sub-Hub
Kerri Steenwerth or Amber Kerr (USDA/UC Davis)
11:24 - 11:40
Estimating the benefits to the U.S. of global climate action: Advancements in science and economics
Jeremy Martinich (USEPA)
11:40 - 12:00
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B - Ballroom

10:20 - 12:00 Regional Climate Resilience Activities in California
Moderator: Jonathan Parfrey (Climate Resolve)
10:20 - 10:36
Planning and implementing climate-related strategies at the regional level in California
Kate Meis (Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation)
10:36 - 10:52
The need for energy and water data for GHG emissions reductions
Stephanie Pincetl (Los Angeles Regional Collaborative)
10:52 - 11:08
Building Bay Area Resilience: Scientists + Practitioners
Bruce Riordan (Elmwood Consulting)
11:08 - 11:24
Rural Investment as an Urban Adaptation Strategy
Kerri Timmer (Sierra Business Council)
11:24 - 11:40
Planning for Rising Seas in Marin County
Bridgit Van Belleghem (Marin County)
11:40 - 12:00
Q&A
Moderated
1:10 - 2:45 Plenary Session: Forging and Facilitating Adaptation Policy in California
Moderator: Secretary Laird (CNRA)
Panelists: Senator Wieckowski (SD10), Assemblymember Gordon (AD24), Assemblymember Garcia (AD56), Anne Simpson (Director of Corporate Governance, CalPERS)
2:45 - 3:00
Break
3:00 - 4:15 Closing Plenary Session: Conversation about International Adaptation Activities and Potential Opportunities for Coordination/Collaboration
Welcome: Karen Edson (California ISO)

Moderator: Secretary Matt Rodriquez (CalEPA)
Panelists: Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt (Netherlands), Susanne Moser (Susanne Moser Research and Consulting; Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment), Jaime Cabrera invited (Peru)

POSTERS

Researchers, local governments, private sector stakeholders, and other groups working to support climate resilience will be sharing posters at the California Climate Change Symposium 2015. Posters will present current scientific research projects or implementation of strategies to promote climate resilience and will be on display throughout the symposium. There will also be a dedicated poster session with a reception and no-host bar on the first day of the symposium. Note: the deadline has passed for poster submissions; those who submitted proposals for posters have already been notified of acceptance.

IPCC Media Workshop

The IPCC will give a workshop FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS at 8 a.m. on August 24 to discuss its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Released between September 2013 and November 2014, AR5 will provide a roadmap for negotiators when they gather in Paris this coming December to hammer out a global agreement to curb climate change. Its findings also inform local and regional climate initiatives, including those in California. This workshop will not be webcast.

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