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Effects of Climate Change and Climate Variability on California

PI: Charlie Zender
Institution: University of California, Irvine
Additional Investigators: Mike Brown, Brian Bush, Mark Flanner, Harry Mangalam
Abstract:
Our group is interested in the effects of climate change and climate variability change on California. We are most interested in two aspects: How is regional temperature forecast to change? We expect temperature change to significantly alter energy demand change in California in the coming decades. We intend to quantify this change in energy demand. These results will contribute to a more complete picture of energy demand in California, and will assist energy planning in the state. Second, we are interested in assessing predicted changes in snowpack in California. Our research has recently improved the prediction of snowpack by accounting for improved snow aging and aerosols. The IPCC forecasts of mountain snowpack provide a valuable probability envelope of projected snowpack changes with which we can extrapolate our improved forecasts to the future without the expense of re-running multiple climate change simulations.
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