Development of Climate Projections for California and Identification of Priority Projections


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Development of Climate Projections for California and Identification of Priority Projections
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use

Document Description
The project involves computer modeling that will lead to the development of next-generation downscaled climate projections, guided by stakeholder engagement, to support electricity sector resilience by informing energy sector planning and research. The data developed will also contribute to California's anticipated Fifth Climate Change Assessment (5th Assessment). The project will provide California IOUs, state agencies, researchers, planners and other stakeholders with one of the world's most comprehensive, high resolution, regionally relevant, stakeholderinformed climate data sets. It will include bias corrected, high resolution meteorology such as temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity, and solar radiation and an ensemble of hydrological information such as snowpack, runoff, soil moisture and streamflow and hourly sea levels. In addition, to elucidate possible future hazards, research will include targeted dynamically downscaled extreme episodes determined from guidance of California's electricity IOUs and other stakeholders. All proposed climate projection work will be intertwined with an engagement process to ensure that the downscaling and modeling is applicable to electrical energy sector planning and resilience and to climate impacts and planning over California as a whole.

Contact Information
Martine Schmidt-Poolman
California Energy Commission
Lead/Public Agency
1516 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 776-0808

The Regents of the University of California, on behalf of the San Diego Campus's Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Project Applicant


La Jolla
San Diego
Southern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project involves computer modeling and engagement with stakeholder to develop climate projections. The work will be completed using existing supercomputers and will not require any new infrastructure. This project is categorically exempt from environmental review pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15306 as basic data collection, research, experimental management and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. There will be no serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. Therefore, this project is exempt from CEQA.


Notice of Exemption
CEQA-NOE EPC-20-006 UCSD MSP signed   PDF 123 K

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