California Climate Change Symposium 2015

About California Climate Change Symposium 2015

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).

Note: The conference size is limited to 450 participants.

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 draft program, subject to change, is below. A poster session and reception will provide an opportunity for networking and sharing of scientific research results, as well as case studies of adaptation efforts.

MONDAY, AUGUST 24


9:00 - 9:50
Opening Plenary Session
9:50 - 10:00
Coffee Break

Concurrent Session A

10:00 - 11:55 Comprehensive Climate Change Projections to Support Multisectoral Analyses
Moderator: Elissa Lynn (DWR)
10:00 - 10:20
Regional Climate Change Projections for California: State of the Science
Guido Franco (CEC)
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)
11:20 - 11:40
Cal-Adapt as a tool for visualizing climate scenarios and supporting decision-making
Nancy Thomas (Geospatial Innovations Facility, UCB)
11:40 - 11:55
Q&A
moderated

Concurrent Session B

10:00 - 11:55 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Methods for California
Moderator: Annalisa Schilla (ARB), invited
10:00 - 10:20
California's Greenhouse Gas Inventory: State of the Science
Richard Bode (ARB)
10:20 - 10:40
California ecosystem carbon changes, wildfire, and climate change
Patrick Gonzalez (NPS)
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 (UCD)
11:20 - 11:40
The Megacities Carbon Project: Monitoring urban-scale carbon emissions
Riley Duren (NASA)
11:40 - 11:55
Q&A
moderated
12:00 - 1:10 Lunch and Keynote Presentation
Anthony Barnosky + Elizabeth Hadly (of Maintaining Humanity's Life Support Systems, produced at Governor Brown's request)

Concurrent Session A

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 (TNC)
2:15 - 2:35
Climate considerations, adaptation, and prioritizing state-funded levee investments in the Delta
Nidhi Kalra (RAND with David Groves (RAND) & Cindy Messner (Delta Stewardship Council)
2:35 - 2:50
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B

1:15 - 2:50 Water Resources in California: Drought, Extreme Events, and Management Options
Moderator: Kristin Ralff Douglas
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 (PPIC)
2:35 - 2:50
Q&A
Moderated
2:50 - 3:05
Coffee Break

Concurrent Session A

3:05 - 5:00 Future Climate Impacts and Adaptation Options for Human Systems
Moderator: Sonya Ziaja (CEC)
3:05 - 3:25
Climate impacts and adaptation options for human infrastructure in California: State of the Science
Michael Hanemann (ASU)
3:25 - 3:45
Sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding in the San Francisco Bay and Delta: Risks to Critical Infrastructure
John Radke (UCB)
3:45 - 4:05
California's surface transportation system: vulnerabilities, resilience options, and research needs
Deb Niemeier (UCD)
4:05 - 4:25
Potential impacts of prolonged droughts for California's agricultural sector
Richard Howitt (UCD)
4:25 - 4:45
Microgrids and community resilience
TBD
4:45 - 5:00
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B

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 (UCSC)
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
Coastal resilience in Ventura County: Applying state-of-the-art science to coastal protection
Walter N. Heady
4:05 - 4:25
Ocean acidification and hypoxia: What do we know? What can we do?
tbd, invited
4:25 - 4:45
Lessons from Incorporating Climate into the Bay Area Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project
Letitia Grenier (San Francisco Estuary Institute)
4:45 - 5:00
Q&A
Moderated
5:00 - 6:30 Poster Session and Networking Reception (no-host bar)
Welcome: Secretary Laird (CNRA), Chair Weisenmiller (CEC), and/or Jonathan Parfrey (Climate Resolve)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25


Concurrent Session A

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 Inst.)
8:50 - 9:10
Climate change: Environmental justice and community impacts in California
Manuel Pastor, invited
9:10 - 9:30
Heat-related morbidity and mortality in California
Rupa Basu (OEHHA)
9:30 - 9:50
Investing in disadvantaged communities, SB 535, and CalEnviroScreen
Shankar Prasad (OEHHA)
9:50 - 10:05
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B

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
8:50 - 9:10
Managing forests for both mitigation and adaptation
Emily Moran (UCM), invited
9:10 - 9:30
Managing California's rangelands for carbon sequestration and adaptation
Whendee Silver (UCB)
9:30 - 9:50
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and DataBasin: Integrating habitat protection with renewable energy strategies
Scott Flint (with Jim Strittholt)
9:50 - 10:05
Q&A
Moderated
10:05 - 10:20
Coffee Break

Concurrent Session A

10:20 - 12:00 Federal Support for Climate Change Science in California
Moderator: Jeremy Martinich (USEPA)
10:20 - 10:40
California collaborations with federal entities on climate change science: Overview
Fred Lipschultz (USGCRP)
10:40 - 11:00
The Southwest Climate Science Center
Glen MacDonald (UCLA)
11:00 - 11:20
The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Rebecca Fris (DoI/CA LCC)
11:20 - 11:40
USDA Regional Climate Change Hubs: Southwest Sub-Hub
Kerri Steenwerth or Amber Kerr (USDA/UCD)
11:40 - 12:00
Q&A
Moderated

Concurrent Session B

10:20 - 12:00 Regional Climate Resilience Activities in California
Moderator: Jonathan Parfrey (Climate Resolve)
10:20 - 10:40
Planning and implementing climate-related strategies at the regional level in California
Kate Meis (ARCCA)
10:40 - 11:00
The need for energy and water data for GHG emissions reductions
Stephanie Pincetl (LARC)
11:00 - 11:20
Building Bay Area Resilience: Scientists + Practitioners
Bruce Riordan (Elmwood Consulting)
11:20 - 11:40
Rural Investment as an Urban Adaptation Strategy
Kerri Timmer (Sierra Business Council)
11:40 - 12:00
Q&A
Moderated
12:00 - 1:05 Lunch + Keynote Presentation: Susanne Moser on Translating Climate Change Science into Effective Action
1:10 - 2:45 PLENARY PANEL UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Forging and Facilitating Adaptation Policy in California
Moderator: Secretary Laird
10:05 - 10:20
Coffee Break
3:00 - 4:15 PLENARY PANEL UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Conversation about International Adaptation Activities and Potential Opportunities for Coordination/Collaboration
Moderator: Secretary Rodriquez (invited)

POSTERS

Call for posters! The California Natural Resources Agency invites researchers, local governments, private sector stakeholders, and other groups working to support climate resilience to submit abstracts for posters for the California Climate Change Symposium 2015. Posters should present current scientific research projects or implementation of strategies to promote climate resilience. A dedicated poster session will offer an excellent opportunity for networking concurrent with a reception and no-host bar. Additionally, posters will be on display throughout the symposium.

Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New scientific findings related to regional climate change science and resilience
  • Private sector adaptation efforts
  • Environmental justice and climate change
  • Climate partnerships between scientists, community-led groups, and/or local government
  • Regional and local climate change activities
Funding and implementation of adaptation measures
  • Economics of climate change policies

Poster Content:

  • Brief and clearly organized
  • Simple, with an obvious theme
  • Easy to read from 4 to 6 feet away

Poster Guidance:

  • Illustrations, labels, etc., must be attached to the poster board with thumbtacks, which will be available in the poster area
  • Do not write on the poster boards
  • Please leave space in the top portion for a title sign

Poster Set-up and Removal:

  • Set-up on Monday, August 24, 2015
  • Remove on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by 5 p.m.

Poster Submissions:

To submit a poster, you must be registered for the symposium. please e-mail the following information to symposiumposters@resources.ca.gov by 5 PM on August 7, 2015:

  • A proposed title for your poster
  • A brief summary/abstract of the project that will be presented in your poster (one page maximum)
  • Your name, e-mail address, and current phone number

You will be notified by e-mail regarding acceptance no later than August 14, and provided further instructions about poster dimensions at that time.

California Climate Change Symposium 2015

August 24-25, 2015
Sacramento Convention Center

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